Blues legend and five-time GRAMMY winner Buddy Guy visited the GRAMMY Museum as part of its An Evening With series on Sept. 16 to discuss his career and latest album, Living Proof.
Before an intimate audience of 200, the Chicago blues king engaged in conversation about his storied career and new album, and his vast experiences on the blues scene. Following the discussion, Guy fielded questions from the audience and performed a brief set.
Growing up in the '50s Baton Rouge, La., blues scene, Guy played his first gigs with the likes of bandleader "Big Poppa" John Tilley and harpist Raful Neal's band. Throughout the '60s he released several sides on Chess Records, including "Let Me Love You Baby," "Stone Crazy," "Leave My Girl Alone," and "No Lie," and worked as a session guitarist for fellow blues artists such as Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Koko Taylor, Muddy Waters, and Sonny Boy Williamson. In 1991 he won the Best Contemporary Blues Album GRAMMY for Damn Right, I've Got The Blues. He picked up the same honor for Feels Like Rain two years later and again in 1995 for Slippin' In. Recorded in Mississippi, Guy released Sweat Tea in 2001, which he earned a Best Contemporary Blues Album nomination for. He followed up with Blues Singer in 2003, which took home the Best Traditional Blues Album GRAMMY. Currently, Guy maintains one of the most successful blues clubs in Chicago — Buddy Guy's Legends.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include An Evening With Cassandra Wilson (Nov. 11), The Latin Academy Showcase: Perrozompopo (Nov. 16) and Who Is Harry Nilsson And Why Is Everyone Talkin' About Him? (Nov. 19).
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