Buddy Ace | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

comment

When people talk about the great Texas bluesmen, Buddy Ace's name doesn't come up nearly as often as it should. Ace was already a local sensation as a teenager; his first 45, on Don Robey's Houston-based Duke label, came when he was all of 16. In 1966, his "Nothing in This World Can hurt Me" propelled him into national R & B celebrity: he toured with the likes of Bobby "Blue" Bland and Johnny "Guitar" Watson and solidified his reputation as a powerful blues crooner who can ride the rhythm of a tune to extract maximum emotional heat. Since the mid-60s Ace's recording success has been sporadic--his last disc to reach the national R & B charts was "Hold On (to This Old Fool)" in 1967--but his power as a vocalist is undiminished. His velvety vibrato shows Bland's influence, but he's also got the ability to ascend from a sexy murmur to an agonized, sanctified scream. Ace puts on the kind of blues show we seldom see anymore--elegant, emotionally satisfying, and refreshingly adult. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 PM, Club Regal, New Regal Theater, 1645 E. 79th St.; 721-9230.

Add a comment