Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Buddy Guy

Saturday, July 6 @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, 10 p.m.

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After a lifetime in music, 2013 appears to be another career year for Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy. In April, Guy was awarded an honorary doctorate from Louisiana State University (where he had worked as a janitor before moving to The Windy City) and he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Add that to his 2012 recognition as a Kennedy Center honoree and countless Grammys and other awards, and Guy, 76, has earned his place in blues history.

A Lettsworth, La., native, Guy learned to play on a two-string didley bow he made himself, and later a Harmony acoustic guitar he has since donated to the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame. He moved to Chicago in 1957 and soon found himself part of Muddy Waters’ backup band and a house guitarist for Chess Records. His performance style, based on Chicago blues but incorporating a broad improvisational style and sonic reach, was years ahead of its time.

Eric Clapton credits a 1965 Guy performance for inspiring him to form the power trio Cream, and Guy is cited as a primary influence for Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck. Guitarist Magazine once said, “Without Buddy Guy, there would be no Stevie Ray Vaughan.” From Jimmy Page: “Buddy Guy is an absolute monster.” See for yourself as Guy brings his brand of the blues to the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse. (Michael Muckian)