BUDDY GUY | 04.05.07 | PHILADELPHIA
Buddy Guy :: 04.05.07 :: Kimmel Center :: Philadelphia, PA
With his cream colored Stratocaster glistening, Guy lets out a moan that shatters the formal intimacy of the performance and opens the floodgates to a full-blown American blues revival. Philadelphia has fallen under his spell. He asks us, “Do you want me to play something funky?” Following the inevitable applause his backing band leans into it and Guy says, “It’s so funky in here I can smell it!”
The once awkwardly tame crowd explodes. As the house lights rise, Guy walks down the aisle firing off solos. Everyone is on their feet, and the band sways in sympathetic rhythm. Guy continues to testify, and like a religious experience a hot flash rushes down my spine. The groove brings back memories of poppy vinyl and silver spoons, my personal relationship with the American Blues flashing in my mind’s eye.
By the time he returns to the stage, the blues stank was so pungent it moistened the soul. Fittingly, Guy then paid homage to a few selected peers, performing John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom,” a faithful reproduction of Cream‘s “Strange Brew” and a wah-wah caressed take on Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile.”
Ringing feedback from the neck of his guitar, Guy slowly brings the instrument to his mouth and picks it with his teeth. The response was overwhelming and sincere. “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues” capped off the night just before 11 p.m. There was no encore and no disappointment for anyone lucky enough to be present for this spectacular 12-bar ritual.
Check out JamBase’s interview with Buddy Guy HERE.
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