Friday, November 15
At age 82, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. He has received seven Grammy Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
The title of Buddy Guy’s latest album says it all: The Blues Is Alive and Well. The legendary blues artist’s eighteenth solo LP and follow-up to 2015’s Born to Play Guitar showcases his raw and unadulterated sound, its fifteen tracks a true pleasure for aficionados and genre newcomers alike.
The record is arriving on the heels of a spate of high visibility for the 82-year-old performer: at the 2016 Grammys, he picked up a trophy for “Best Blues Album” honoring Born to Play Guitar, and that same year he hit the road for a U.S. tour opening for Jeff Beck. A truly restless and energetic performer, The Blues Is Alive and Well is the latest triumph in an already-legendary career.
Among the contributors to fifteen tracks on The Blues Is Alive and Well: young gun James Bay, as well as Jeff Beck, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.
And even as Guy pushes forward with his astounding career, he’s careful not to forget his late contemporaries who inspired him along the way. “I went to sleep yesterday and woke up and all the great blues players are no longer with us. Muddy, Wolf, B.B.—they’re all gone. Before they passed away, when they were in their prime, we used to have a drink and a laugh and talk about how when one of us is gone, the others have to keep it going. I’m trying to do something to keep this music that I love so well alive.”
Opener: Tom Hambridge
Tom Hambridge is a three-time Grammy winning producer, songwriter & drummer. He has recorded with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Van Morrison, Jeff Beck, Gregg Allman, Chuck Berry, Susan Tedeschi and Johnny Winter to name a few.
As a songwriter, Tom has had over 500 of his songs recorded by such diverse artists as Eric Clapton, B.B. King, ZZ Top, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Keb’ Mo’, George Thorogood, Lynyrd Skynyrd, James Cotton and many more. As a solo artist he has released six critically acclaimed albums.