Buddy Whittington in concert
A lifelong Texan, Buddy Whittington became enamored of the electric guitar like countless others in his Baby Boomer generation. None of his family members played an instrument, but there was always music in his Fort Worth home, from the TV on Saturday evenings during Cowtown Jamboree and Big D Jamboree or from the AM radio dial with KXOL, KFJZ, KLIF, KKDA, WBAP, WRR and KNOK providing a variety of sounds and styles to open and expand a young would-be musician’s ears long before the advent of “underground” album rock stations like KFAD and KNUS, Q102 and KZEW (The Zoo).
Western swing also played a role, as Mr. and Mrs. Whittington were big fans of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Probably the biggest influence in young Bud’s musical makeup was the record collection of his big sister, with everything from British Invasion bands to R&B hits from Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Gary “U.S.” Bond, Jimmy Reed and Slim Harpo.
A succession of fledgling musical efforts with varying degrees of success ensued, culminating in an offer by John Mayall to join The Bluesbreakers in 1993. He appeared in countless Bluesbreakers’ shows and recordings worldwide for 15 years until 2008, when John Mayall decided to restructure the band. Buddy’s self-titled solo CD debuted in 2007, and garnered favorable reviews and considerable airplay. The CD, recorded at Hurricane Sound in Garland, features performances by Mike Gage, longtime bassist Wayne Six and guitarist Michael Mayes, and same artists who make up the core of Buddy’s current working band.