The six-time Grammy winning guitarist and vocalist is known for his showmanship and his influence on musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Guy made a big impression on The Lerner general manager, David Smith, who has been a fan since seeing him live at a 1987 blues festival.
“I’m a huge Buddy Guy fan and wanted him at The Lerner since I got the job,” Smith said. “He’s amazing.”
Guy was house guitarist for Chess Records in Chicago 1960 to 1967 and recorded with the father of Chicago blues, Muddy Waters. He’s made waves in the genre since he started playing with Waters in the late ’50s.
“He’s just a master of the guitar,” Smith said. “There’s a lot of people out there who think Jimi Hendrix was the epitome of blues rock guitar, but the reality is Jimi Hendrix was imitating things Buddy Guy was doing.”