Ladies and Gentlemen … It’s NOT The Rolling Stones?

The tunes are loved by everyone who listens to them except  for Beatles’ fans. They make up the fabric of popular music. They are sung by the not-so-greatest Rock n Roll Band of all time.

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Please listen below to some great tracks by ….?

NOT the Rolling Stones!

 

 

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‘Damn Right’ Buddy Guy was in Montreal Saturday Night!

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‘Damn Right’ Buddy Guy was in Montreal Saturday night!

The 78 year old Blues legend made that clear from the get-go with his opening song; ‘Damn Right I Got the Blues’. There is no greater torch bearer for the Blues than Mr. Buddy Guy and he is not shy to point that out.

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 Currently on tour with his protege; Quinn Sullivan and ‘The Damn Right Blues Band’ – Guy is showing no signs of slowing down. Friday night in Toronto, Saturday in Montreal. Business as usual for a life-long musician.

Buddy Guy was picking cotton when he was fifteen years of age. Three years ago, he was performing in front of The President of The United States of America at The White House. In his own words – ‘ my greatest moment’.

For the above reasons, Guy’s use of profanity at a sold out Metropolis on the weekend towards an interrupting fan during one of Buddy’s ‘lessons ‘ / preaching of the Blues – entirely and righteously acceptable.

‘If you would shut the f*ck up …’ Buddy replied. ” You may learn something.’

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Guy – in true Buddy Guy spirit, utilizes his status and guitar virtuosity  as a history book. Being one of few remaining Blues artists who learned from the masters ( Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Junior Wells, Johnny Lee Hooker, etc ), Buddy is in a rare position. He can walk the talk and talk the walk.

Buddy Guy is now considered one of the masters.

Starting at Chess studios as a teenager, Guy ( or as Muddy Waters labeled him; Buddy ‘ Motherf*cking’ Guy), learned his craft through the school of hard knocks. Whether performing at clubs like Theresa’s in the South Side of Chicago ( where guns and guitars came hand in hand) or learning guitar from the Father of The Blues; B.B King – Buddy Guy has a piece of everything and everyone associated with The Blues in his inner core.

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Saturday in Montreal – did it really matter what he played?

Blues standards “ Hoochie Couchie Man’, I Just Wanna Make Love To You’ and even Cream’s ‘Strange Brew’ took the musical spotlight. ‘Strange Brew’ on the heels of one of Guy’s history lessons as he explained to a boisterous and loving crowd how the British Invasion did not invent the Blues.

“Ever hear about this guy named Clapton?’ A young Buddy Guy was purportedly asked in the sixties. ” Hear about some one named Jimi Hendrix?” A seventies question.

” There’s this guy named Stevie Ray Vaughan …” An eighties demand.

On and on the questions have been raised to Buddy Guy for fifty years.

He responded Saturday night by playing a few minutes of classic tunes by the guitarists known by everyone ( see above) with a hint of sarcasm. In other words – ‘ you don’t know sh*t’.

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Combining vintage Guy licks complete with vintage Guy theatrics (playing with teeth, behind the back, venturing into the crowd), the Grandfather of ten gave a performance for the ages. Age and / or having Quinn Sullivan on stage has curbed the length of the solos and complete songs. Preaching has replaced the licks a little.

Then again – Picasso paid for meals with doodles …

 

 

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Highlights – ’74 Years Young’, ‘Skin Deep’, ‘Down Don’t Bother Me’, ‘Fever’, ‘Damn Right I Got the Blues

Low-lights – It’s Buddy Guy !

 

 

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Joe Louis Walker; Full Interview

Joe Louis Walker just recently returned from a tour which brought him to Australia. He hooked up with some fellows who were schooled in the Blues. Mick, Keith, Charlie  – along with Joe’s pal Ronnie Wood, love talkin’ about the Blues.

Joe loves talking about the Blues also so a match made in heaven; a gross understatement …

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Joe and Mick

Please listen as Joe discusses many topics including the present and the future of the Blues along with some very interesting insights.

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Junior Wells – Live from Theresa’s; Part Two

Theresa’s was a legendary Blues club in Chicago ..

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Everyone who was everyone in the Blues scene back in the day – played at Theresa’s. Starting in the 50’s right up until it’s closing in the early eighties; Theresa’s was the spot.

Nobody owned Theresa’s, music-wise like Junior Wells. No other musician, not Buddy Guy, not Howlin’ Wolf and not Willie Dixon – held court at Therea’s like Junior Wells. He was the King of Theresa’s.

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Please listen to a few tracks recorded live at Theresa’s from 1975. Junior Wells as well as a ‘few’ names you may recognize – prove, without a doubt, Theresa’s was the premiere Blues club of it’s time.

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Johnny Beaudine, a Sax player who currently plays at The House of Jazz in Montreal, played his horn on stage with Junior in Theresa’s.

Johnny’s words can be heard describing a bit of Theresa’s and  Junior Wells.

Enjoy!

 

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Junior Wells – Live from Theresa’s

Theresa’s was a legendary Blues club in Chicago ..

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Everyone who was everyone in the Blues scene back in the day – played at Theresa’s. Starting in the 50’s right up until it’s closing in the early eighties; Theresa’s was the spot.

Nobody owned Theresa’s, music-wise like Junior Wells. No other musician, not Buddy Guy, not Howlin’ Wolf and not Willie Dixon – held court at Therea’s like Junior Wells. He was the King of Theresa’s.

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Please listen to a few tracks recorded live at Theresa’s from 1975. Junior Wells as well as a ‘few’ names you may recognize – prove, without a doubt, Theresa’s was the premiere Blues club of it’s time.

10393963_10152929716121874_5378953720716623107_nJohnny Beaudine, a Sax player who currently plays at The House of Jazz in Montreal, played his horn on stage with Junior in Theresa’s.

Johnny’s words can be heard describing a bit of Theresa’s and  Junior Wells.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Johnny Beaudine; History of Chicago Blues – Part Two

How many times has someone brought you to their car and showed you a double barrel shotgun in the trunk?

How many times was it a legendary musician who used it to show strength?

Well – Sax player and Chicago -born Blues player Johnny Beaudine may be one of very few who can answer in the affirmative.

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Buddy Guy and Rick Keene

 

Please listen to find out who the musician was and many more great tales from the South Side of Chicago …

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Johnny Beaudine; The Blues – ‘Live’ from Chicago ….Part One

How many times has someone sat down and explained how good Muddy Waters was. On how many occasions did someone tell a captive audience that Howlin’ Wolf was the best …

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How many of these storytellers actually played with and/ or  witnessed these legends first hand?

Not many.

This is where saxophone player Johnny Beaudine comes in.

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Born in Chicago and receiving a Blues apprenticeship with men such as Otis Rush, James Cotton and Buddy Guy – allows Beaudine an insight very few have into the legacy of the Blues …

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Johnny Beaudine and his band Deep Blue

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The House of Jazz in Montreal!

 

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John Beaudine – Livin’ the Blues and All That Jazz!

Imagine …

Being a huge Blues’ fan and obtaining an apprenticeship from some of the greats. Legends such as Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and James Cotton. They were the ones who taught Johnny Beaudine his craft and toughness to survive in the music business.

Please listen to Part One as Johnny explains his great career.

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