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By: Addie Hayes, Editor/Lead Writer, Regional Music Journal
In June of 2018, blues legend Buddy Guy released his 18th studio album The Blues Is Alive and Well. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, making this the 9th time Buddy Guy has been honored by The Recording Academy for his music. Keith Richards and Jeff Beck played guitars on the song “Cognac”, while Mick Jagger played harmonica on the song “You Did the Crime”. English singer and songwriter James Bay also made an appearance on the album, lending his voice on the duet “Blue No More”. The album has received outstanding reviews from critics and fans alike, adding another successful album to Guy’s already rich discography.
Guy’s career began in the early 1950s in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In the latter part of the decade, he migrated north to Chicago and became immersed in the local blues scene and became influenced by Muddy Waters. Early on he worked as a session guitarist with legends like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and others. During the 1960s Guy’s career began to blossom and he released his debut studio album I Left My Blues In San Francisco in 1967.
During Guy’s 1969 appearance at the Supershow in Staines England, he was on the same bill as Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and Glenn Campbell to name a few. Artists like Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck have praised Guy’s contribution to music and noted his influence on their own musical artistry. In 2015, Buddy Guy received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy.
Today, Buddy Guy still creates beautiful music and continues to inspire new generations of musicians from all musical genres. Following the release of The Blues Is Alive and Well, Guy hit the road and has been touring throughout the spring and summer. He is scheduled to perform at the Showplace Theater at Riverwind Casino in Norman, OK on Friday, September 20, and has dates scheduled into early 2020.
Upcoming Tour Dates
9/17/19 – Lawrence, KS @ Lied Center
9/19/19 – Catoosa, OK @ The Joint at Hard Rock Casino Tulsa
9/20/19 – Norman, OK @ Riverwind Casino
10/04/19 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
10/10/19 – Flint, MI @ The Capitol Theatre
10/11/19 – Rama, ON @ Casino Rama
10/13/19 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak
10/14/19 – Falls Church, VA @ The State Theatre
10/16/19 – Williamsport, PA @ Community Arts Center
10/17/19 – Beverly, MA @ The Cabot
10/18/19 – Collingswood, NJ @ Scottish Rite Auditorium
11/07/19 – Greensburg, PA @ Palace Theatre
11/09/19 – Rochester, NY @ Kodak Center
11/10/19 – Newark, NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
11/11/19 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
11/14/19 – Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall
11/15/19 – New London, CT @ Garde Arts Center
11/16/19 – Salamanca, NY @ Seneca Allegany Casino
11/17/19 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
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