Ilise and I went to see Mr. Buddy Guy in concert Sunday night at his Legends Blues Club on Chicago’s Near South side. Amazing is a word that gets over-used these days, but this show was AMAZING! An innovator since the age of 7 when he crafted his first makeshift guitar, Buddy is now 79 and shows no signs of slowing down.
He rocked, he rolled, he moaned and wailed, all the while coaxing sweet riffs from his electric guitar. He even broke out an acoustic guitar for a trip through the Wayback Machine to compare and contrast the sounds of other blues greats including his pals Sonny Boy Williamson, John Lee Hooker and Eric Clapton. Although it’s hard to pick a favorite song from the 90+ minutes that he played, I’d have to say it was between his strong opener Someone Else was Steppin’ In and Meet Me in Chicago, the closing number that left the crowd begging for more.
Buddy is on the road touring the world’s great venues more than half the year, but each January he takes up a multi-week residency at his club. The houses are almost always full and the crowds warm and pre-disposed to love every minute of the show. They’re never disappointed, and neither were we.
Now let's all bring some bounce to the blues with the Buddy Guy Playlist. Get on up!