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Buddy Guy

The name Buddy Guy is synonymous with Chicago blues, but his reach extends far beyond the Windy City. For almost 50 years, he has served as the bridge between the blues and rock and roll, influencing artists as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, and John Mayer.

Guy’s session-player fingerprints can be found on countless Muddy Waters releases for Chicago’s Chess Records, while his expansive solo career dates back to 1967’s I Left My Blues in San Francisco. Along the way, he’s released dozens of studio and live albums, scored six Grammy Awards, landed at #30 on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Though he continues touring well into his twilight years, this guitar god also sets up shop every January at Buddy Guy’s Legends—his eponymous blues club on the south side of Chicago. Besides being one of the hottest club residencies in Chicago, the venue has steadily become a Mecca for blues enthusiasts from all corners of the globe.

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