Buddy Guy | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Here's an opportunity to see a blues guitarist known as one of the progenitors of the fiery, arpeggio-laden post-50s style in a rare acoustic setting. Like many who made their reputations playing electric Chicago blues, Guy retains his affection for the earlier acoustic styles with which he grew up. There's a difference, though, and it's a tantalizing one: unlike most Chicago bluesmen, Guy's musical roots are in his native Louisiana. Despite the hard-driving energy that became his Chicago trademark, he originally came up listening to the easy-rolling Louisiana blues of traditionalists like Guitar Slim. Guy has the musical acumen to reach back and tap the eloquent simplicity of those influences, combine them with the rhythmic urgency he picked up from Muddy Waters and other Delta transplants in Chicago, and overlay everything with the passionate emotionalism that's long been his trademark. If that happens, we may be in for one of the tastiest and most varied musical treats we've had for a long time. Wednesday, 6-8 PM, Old Orchard Center, Golf Road and Skokie Blvd., Skokie; 675-2633.

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

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