It’s been said that age ain’t nothing but a number.
Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy is 74 years old, but he still plays with the fierce energy of a young man – rompin’ all over the stage and spending lots of time out in the audience, rippling through one mind-boggling blues riff after another.
Opening act Quinn Sullivan is just 12 years old, but he plays with the talent and confidence of a seasoned veteran.
Put them both together on stage at the end of the night – and add surprise special guest Joe Louis Walker – and you’ve got one serious blues guitar summit that few in the sold-out crowd will ever forget.
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Michael Eck’s review at The Times Union
Excerpt from Brian McElhiney’s review at The Daily Gazette: “Guy’s newer songs, such as ‘Skin Deep’ and ’74 Years Young,’ brought a different feel to the set, helping to break up the major blues workouts that dominated for the rest of the evening. While Guy was certainly holding things down fine on his own, the introduction of guests Joe Louis Walker and opener Quinn Sullivan brought things to a whole new level. Throughout songs including ‘Let the Door Knob Hit Ya’ and ‘I Got My Mojo Working,’ the three guitarists pushed and pulled at each other, ripping each piece of music to shreds with knockout soloing. The three continued to play until it seemed as if they would collapse, bringing the evening to a satisfying climax that skipped the clichéd encore routine.”
Buddy Guy will be back in Nippertown on Sunday, August 28, as the headliner at the Bluestock Festival at Hunter Mountain. Meanwhile, Joe Louis Walker brings his own band (and Murali Coryell) to the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Thursday, May 26.