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Buddy Scott & the Rib Tips

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Buddy Scott is a modern Chicago blues institution: born in Mississippi in 1935, he moved here with his family and nine brothers in the early 40s, and the Scotts have been mainstays on the scene ever since. Buddy credits both his mother and Chicago guitarist Reggie Boyd for teaching him guitar; his style is straight-ahead but effective, and his tight-cooking Rib Tips set the perfect tone for is trademark soul-blues groove. Scott's records--on such local labels as Biscayne, PM, and Capri--aren't numerous, but collectors prize them for their combination of bluesy rawness and street-level funk. His wife, Patricia, is something of a legend in her own right: her torchy rendition of "Love Is a Gamble" ("If you don't put nothing in / You can't get nothing out") is such a showstopper that people from all parts of the city regularly drive all the way to Lee's past midnight just to hear her sing it. Friday and Saturday, Lee's Unleaded Blues Lounge, 7401 S. Chicago; 493-3477.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Marc PoKempner.

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