Buddy Guy is an American Treasure

Photo by Mike @ Spool Going Round

Photo by Mike @ Spool Going Round

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

About Spool Going Round

If you like my blog and have access to programming and would like to do a radio/internet show together, please contact me. spoolgoinground@yahoo.com My name is Mike. I am an on-air radio DJ. I fell in love with radio in Chicago and then took that passion to someplace where I could actually get on the air. My travels took me to Seattle, WA, Eugene and Portland, OR and Washington D.C., where I was able to have my own morning show. I've had crab cakes with Warren Zevon, sat backstage and interviewed Sting, had Melissa Etheridge sing to me from the front row and I loved every minute of it. That passion for music still burns strong in me and I love to talk music and be turned on to music. Sharing new music with people is what got me interested in radio in the first place. It is wonderful to be able to talk music with you. "Go ahead you're on the air..." Read more: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/spool-going-round/about-spool-going-round.html#ixzz1Bfx7V0ug
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