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Buddy Guy
There was magic in the air as everyone waited in anticipation of Blues legend Buddy Guy, who then rocked the SRO house at the VooDoo lounge and proved he's still in full control of his game. Buddy's history spans from his musical roots in Louisiana, to his tutelage with Muddy Waters on Chicago's South Side. 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 sound, and a living link to that city's halcyon days of electric blues. He's created a musical legacy, and is the father of female rapper Shawnna.

Guy is known for his showmanship; for example, he plays his guitar with drumsticks, or strolls into the audience while jamming. This show was no exception, and as he worked his way through the crowd with his rendition of 'Rock Me, Baby', everyone in his wake shared in an incredible musical moment! Buddy exclaimed "I can play that old stuff too, here's how John Lee Hooker did it", and worked right into "Boom Boom".

Buddy added, "that wasn't a British Invasion, it was the real shit", referencing his popularity in Great Britain that began with the American Folk Blues Festival in the 1960s, where young rockers like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and the Rolling Stones were seeking out the roots of American blues. His first trip to the UK was in February 1965, during which Rod Stewart acted as his valet and Guy shared a bill with the Yardbirds.

It took the success of the British Invasion for Leonard Chess (Chess Records) to realize that was the exact sound he had termed 'noise', and instead had tried
recording Guy as a solo artist with R&B ballads, jazz instrumentals, soul and novelty dance tunes and used Guy mainly as a session guitarist to back Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Koko Taylor and others! His resurgence to fame began by Clapton's request that Guy be part of the '24 Nights' all-star blues guitar lineup at London's Royal Albert Hall and Guy's subsequent signing with Silvertone Records!

A great show, in Guy's trademark style, earns a 5 on the STLBluesometer!

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