House of Blues presents Buddy Guy. With Quinn Sullivan.
Buddy Guy is one of the titans of the blues, straddling traditional and modern forms, as well as musical generations.
He’s worked with Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf, on one hand, and Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Rolling Stones, on the other. There are few notable blues figures that Guy hasn’t brushed up against. He was even an influence on Jimi Hendrix.
The genre’s most electrifying guitarist, Guy has remained a vital and current musician, moving blues forward without losing sight of its roots. He’s renowned for his raw, blistering vocals and high-voltage guitar playing. His plays a Fender Stratocaster, employing feedback, distortion and extreme string-bending.
He spent much of the Sixties on the venerable Chess label and thereafter recorded for Vanguard, Atco, Silvertone and others. Guy attained great stature within blues circles over the course of three decades, but his career broke wide open in 1991 with the release of Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues. This landmark release won him a Grammy and five W.C. Handy awards, and he recorded and toured prolifically in its wake.
Clapton has proclaimed Guy “by far without a doubt the best guitar player alive…He really changed the course of rock and roll blues.” Guy regards himself as a “caretaker of the blues.” Having learned from the likes of Waters, Otis Rush, Guitar Slim and Magic Sam, he explains, “I just take what they taught me and keep adding to it.”
At seventy-eight, Guy is still going strong. Recent releases have included Sweet Tea, an electric blues album recorded in Mississippi, and Blues Singer, a 2004 acoustic set in which Guy covers favorites by such peers as Skip James, Son House and John Lee Hooker. In late January 2014, he was inducted into The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.