I'm not sure who played Buddy when this CD was recorded, but he did a fantastic job. I just recently caught the show when it stopped in Charleston, WV on May 19th. WOW! It was awesome. Erik Hayden's performance as Holly was like no other. It far surpassed Paul Hipp and even Gary Busey (No disrespect to Gary...he did a tremendous as well). The songs on this CD aren't as good as Hayden's, but they are still great and I recommened this CD to Holly fans. If you have a chance to see the show, PLEASE don't pass it up. You don't know what you would be missing!!! The show takes you back to the 50's. You feel like you are really there, witnessing the Surf Ballroom concert on February 2, 1959. It's very moving. Check it out!