Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Buddy Guy

Friday, November 8, 2013 8:00PM
Person Theater

Buddy Guy

With special guest Quinn Sullivan

$67.00, 57.00 and $47.00

With his new album, “Living Proof,” Buddy Guy takes a hard look back at a remarkable life. At age 76, he’s 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 that city’s halcyon days of electric blues. He has received six Grammy Awards, 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, the Presidential National Medal of Arts, and most recently the Kennedy Center Award for lifetime contribution to the arts. Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 30 of its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

Yet as the album's opening track declares, today Buddy Guy is "74 Years Young," still searching for new sounds and fresh ideas. The start of each new decade always seems to inspire him (see 1981’s “Stone Crazy,” 1991’s “Damn Right, I Got the Blues,”and 2001’s “Sweet Tea”), and on “Living Proof,” such songs as "Thank Me Someday" and "Everybody's Got to Go" are strikingly personal meditations on his past, his legacy, and his mortality.

"The life I’ve lived is what we’re singing about," he says. "These songs are exactly what I came up through in my life, what I’ve experienced."

Visit the artist's website at buddyguy.net