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Somers Guitarist Makes Lifetime Memory

Michael Delzio, right, plays with rock legend Buddy Guy. Credits: Steve Delzio
A 5-year-old Michael Delzio with his guitar Credits: Steve Delzio

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – At the young age of 5, Michael Delzio picked up his first guitar and started playing by ear until songs came through his fingers.

Over the years, guitar has been his passion playing every time he has a moment. Delzio is now 17 years old and a junior at Somers High School. He has been taking lessons weekly with John Fiscella for the past six years.

Fiscella recalls, “About three years ago, Delzio said he really wanted to get serious about playing the blues.”

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They worked on every blues song they could think of especially the solos.

“We dissected every solo, note for note, from artists such as Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan,” Fiscella said.

The years of lessons and practice paid off on Tuesday, April 25, when Delzio was attending a concert by renowned blues guitarist Buddy Guy at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut. Delzio came prepared with his guitar in hand and was taken back when Buddy glanced over at him and asked him, “Do you know how to play that guitar?” Delzio confidently responded, “YES!”

Buddy continued, “How am I going to hear that guitar if you don’t take it out of the case?” Overjoyed, Delzio almost ripped his guitar out of the case. Buddy had a special guest star, Richie Scarlet, “The Emperor of Rock and Roll,” join him for a set then looked over and signaled to Delzio to come up on stage and join them.

Michael took the stage and did an impressive solo that had Buddy Guy shaking his head. He jammed with Buddy and Richie Scarlett and ended the show with an impressive guitar jam with the band.

Fiscella is very proud of Delzio and sees a future for him without boundaries.

“To see the video of Michael ripping it up on stage took years of intense practice,” he said.

Buddy Guy is an 80-year-old blues guitarist that was a major influence to Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name a few. Buddy is a seven-time Grammy Award winner and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. He has received 34 blues music awards and Rolling Stone ranked Buddy as No. 23 in its Top 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Information in this article was provided by Steve Delzio.

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