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- Buddy Guy, Tuesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m., 190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com
With the loss of B.B. King in 2015, Buddy Guy became the last blues giant standing from a generation of artists who’d relocated the Mississippi Delta sound to Chicago, cranked up the volume, and made the 1-4-5 chord progression an integral part of our cultural inheritance. Born and raised in Lettsworth, a small Louisiana community along the east bank of the Atchafalaya River, he would profoundly influence the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and John Mayer. Today, at the age of 81, Guy and his band still tour relentlessly; their current jaunt includes more than four dozen cities with very few nights off, with a European tour to follow. Through the years, he’s recorded nearly a hundred albums and singles, from famed early collaborations with Junior Wells for Chicago’s legendary Chess label, on up through his 2015 studio release Born to Play Guitar, which features stellar guest performances from Billy Gibbons, Joss Stone, Doyle Bramhall II, Kim Wilson and Van Morrison. The album won Guy his eighth Grammy Award, and it’s a safe bet that there’ll be more on the way.