I had the great joy of seeing Buddy Guy play at his club, Legends, in Chicago last week. Every January Buddy plays his very small blues club for about 15 to 20 shows and then hits the road. This blues legend is now 80 years old.
My friend says to me “where is he going to sit when he comes out?” I smiled and told him that Buddy isn’t a sit down guitar player. When Buddy comes out to play…he plays. He stood for the whole 2 hour show and I damn well made sure I did too. He wasn’t always standing still. He also walked throughout the whole club, so that everyone in this small room could get their own front row view of this legend.
Buddy told us how he opened Legends, not to make money, but to keep the blues alive. Blues clubs continue to go the way of the record shop.
The energy that Buddy Guy brings to his live show is so addictive. Not only is he the best guitar player out there but he tells jokes. That’s right and they are funny jokes that make you laugh out loud He is a story-teller. He is a history lesson. He is a Legend.
Kennedy Center Honoree
Spool Going Round is not a great photographer. Here are some professionally shot photos from the same night I was there. Here is 45 photos from BrooklynVegan photographer Brigid Gallagher and additional story by Amanda Hatfield.
“We owe him everything” – Eric Clapton