Last night I got the chance to see one of my all time favorite blues musicians play live. At 77, Buddy Guy is a dynamo. He still has more energy of a musician half his age, with three times the talent.
He has an immense stage presence and is an amazing showman. He knows how to play – an audience.
Buddy started out playing Damn Right I Got the Blues, which is a signature song for him. The crowd roared its approval, in the small Wellmont theater venue.
Buddy’s band put out a HUGE sound considering he only has four other guys on stage with him. Aside from the drummer and base player, he had another guitarist and a piano/organ player. They all did a great job and brought their own energy to the performance.
One of the most thrilling moments of the performance was when he came down off the stage and walked through the entire theater, playing his guitar amidst the thronging fans. I got SO excited to see him and of course everyone raced to get photos of him playing. I was only able to shoot a few from the back…
Towards the end of his hour and a half performance, Buddy did a kind of medley of other guitar players he likes, and did partial tunes by Albert King, Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Clapton and a few others. He does these riffs so effortlessly, and his talent as a guitarist is unquestionable, it was truly an honor to be able to watch this master of his craft do his thing.
The biggest disappointment I had last night, was in the audience. At the end of the performance, a lot of people got up and left (!!) instead of staying and screaming/shouting/hooting and hollering for an encore – as I did! I’m SURE we would have gotten an encore if the audience had been more appreciative, but with those that stayed we were unable to make enough noise to make it happen… and so we got no encore. 😦
But I am more than thrilled to have been able to sit and watch Buddy Guy perform live, and I’m sorry I waited so long to see him. I would easily buy tickets to see him again, and hopefully next time I’ll also see an encore!