At B.B. King Blues Club & Grill – Show at 8PM (Doors at 6PM)
Any discussion of Buddy Guy invariably involves a recitation of his colossal musical resume and hard-earned accolades. He’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a chief guitar influence to rock titans like Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, and Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues.
Guy’s career began in Chicago, where he met the blues titan Muddy Waters. The great Waters was 21 years Guy’s senior, but the younger man quickly earned the respect of the long-established star. By the early 1960s, Guy was a first-call session man at Chess Records, and he also began to cut a considerable catalog of sides under his own name. By the decade’s end, he was staking out new creative territory, his stinging, attacking electric guitar style and wild, impassioned vocals capturing the minds of a growing number of rock musicians. There were no fewer than 20 releases under Guy’s name during the 1970s and ’80s, the best of them collaborations with the late harp master Junior Wells. After a lull in output in the late ’80s and ’90s, Guy resurged and entered a new stratosphere of commercial success. His first three albums for Silvertone – the 1991 comeback smash Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues (reissued in 2005), 1993’s Feels Like Rain, and 1994’s Slippin’ In – all earned Grammy Awards. Suddenly, it was cool to like Buddy Guy.
For Guy, it was like being a new artist. Guy’s legend has only grown throughout the ’90s and into the 21st century. Recent releases like Bring ‘Em In (2005), Skin Deep (2008), and Living Proof (2010) continue to demonstrate that Guy, while firmly ensconced in his blues roots, has always tried to keep his music looking forward – even at the risk of alienating lovers of traditional blues sounds. Internationally acclaimed, a Grammy winner, and now an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Guy has firmly cemented a blues legacy that places him squarely in the company of his heroes who came before.
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