Music: A Messiah on Guitar

Rock has its kings and queens, with royal egos to match, but it does not have many who are willing to say, as Guitarist Roy Buchanan does, "Probably the reason I never made it big was because I didn't care whether I made it big." If there is room in rock for a shy, devout, balding man of 36, Buchanan may make it big in spite of himself.

Old guitar pros like Nashville's Chet Atkins say that Roy's pickin' is just about the best there is. His vibrating high notes come at the listener like a highballing truck. No less extraordinary are...