LIVE: Buddy Guy @ The Egg, 11/11/15

December 9th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Damn right, he’s got the blues…

Heck, at this point in his career, Buddy Guy is the blues.

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Resplendent in his big, bold polka-dots, the 79-year-old Guy returned to the stage of The Egg’s Hart Theatre in Albany once again last month, delivering a big batch of his classic songs, mixed in with choice selections from his excellent new album, Born to Play the Guitar, including a righteous rip through the title tune. Along the way, he also paid tribute to a diverse batch of music greats from John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters to Marvin Gaye and Cream.

Of course, in addition to being the greatest of the living blues guitar heroes, Guy is a master showman as well. And while his ace band – guitarist Rick Hall, keyboardist Marty Sammon, bassist Orlando Wright and drummer Tim Austin – were pumping away on the groove, Guy ventured out of the spotlight, off the stage and out into the crowd (as he always does), all the while firing off a string of hot licks and stinging riffs.

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Bryan Lasky’s review and photographs at LiveForLiveMusic.com
Excerpt from Kirsten Ferguson’s review at The Daily Gazette: “‘If you don’t like the blues, you shouldn’t have come here tonight,’ said blues legend Buddy Guy at the start of his sold-out show in The Egg’s Hart Theatre on Wednesday night. The crowd seemed to like the blues alright, and they relished every moment of Guy’s solidly entertaining, two-hour romp through all things blues, starting with his signature song ‘Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues,’ from his 1991 comeback album by the same name. It was a quintessential Buddy Guy — virtuoso playing and at-times explosive energy, lightened by his hammy jokes and nostalgic recollections about the past.”

Buddy Guy and Marty Sammon

Buddy Guy and Marty Sammon

Marty Sammon

Marty Sammon

Rick Hall

Rick Hall

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy

2 thoughts on “LIVE: Buddy Guy @ The Egg, 11/11/15”

  1. Stanley A. Johnson says:

    When he brought the kid from the audience up on stage to play, it seemed that everyone was hanging on every note, urging the young man on. Wonderful way to connect with the audience.

  2. Fred says:

    It was an awesome show until Buddy went on that aimless Cream/Hendrix pastiche to close out the evening. I am a major fan, but even I got to call it like I see it. I wish Buddy would play more of his own songs–he’s got an impressive catalog, so why not play some of those songs all the way to the encore?

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