September 6, 2017
Guitar legend Buddy Guy is set to perform this Friday at 20 Monroe Live. Born and raised in Louisiana, Guy got his start in the 1950s as a college student performing with bands in Baton Rouge. Following a move to Chicago in 1957, Guy was signed to Chess Records, where he was put to work mainly as a session guitarist with many legends including Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. With Chess, Guy would only release one solo record, 1967's I Left My Blues in San Francisco. Guy's fame increased with the help of the musicians who cited him as an inspiration, including Eric Clapton.
Clapton first saw Guy perform in England in 1965 and was blown away. According to Clapton, "Buddy Guy was to me what Elvis was for others." Other Buddy Guy acolytes include Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Stevie Ray Vaughan who once stated "Without Buddy Guy, there would be no Stevie Ray Vaughan." Over the course of his long and storied career, Guy has received a plethora of accolades include seven Grammy awards, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a Kennedy Center Honor. Now in his eighties, Guy is still traveling the world playing music. Despite a schedule that takes him all over the world, Guy still finds time every January to play multiple shows at his Chicago blues club, Buddy Guy's Legends.