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'Cornbread'By Cornbread

Buddy GuyBuddy Guy @ The Roberts Orpheum Theater
{9/9/05 | Presented by AEG Live}

I am sure the 1,000 plus guitar lovin’ blues fans agreed The Roberts Orpheum Theater made for a great venue to see the great Buddy Guy.

Buddy Guy (born George Guy, July 30, 1936 in Lettsworth, Louisiana) known as an inspiration to Jimi Hendrix and countless other blues and rock legends. Guy is considered to be one of the greatest exponents of Chicago blues, at one point he worked with Muddy and Howlin’ Wolf. Buddy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year (March 14, 2005) by Eric Clapton and B.B. King.

Buddy played for about an hour and a half. We heard a couple of songs from Buddy’s soon to be released CD “Bring Em” In” that features Santana and John Mayer. There were a couple of call and responses between Buddy and his alto sax player. Buddy told the fans “if you like the blues you’re in the right city” followed by recognition for Johnnie Johnson. The song set was a mojo filled blues variety show featuring others notable songs and none of Buddy’s greatest hits. Buddy played an Albert King song while walking through the theater. We also had the privilege of hearing Buddy’s takes on a Muddy Waters song as well as John Lee Hooker, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, B. B. King and even The Temptations. At one point Buddy played the longest bending note I’ve ever heard (he was drinking with one hand while continuing to play the note with the other). My guess is lasted near sixty seconds.

Opening for Buddy was Jimbo Mathus. He’s an impressive blues man. He played an old Gibson with his dog Sue on the stage. His style was electric delta with southern soulful vocals. Every song provided an opportunity for a guitar solo. Mathus was really good. Check back soon for a review of his CD’s.

Both Jeremy and Kari from the Bottoms Up Blues Gang were in the house taking a break from a whirlwind tour of Washington and Colorado. The evening was fantastic.

Ciao' for now, peace.
Peter 'Cornbread' Cohen, CBP
~ Cornbread@STLBlues.net ~

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