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Blues artist Buddy Guy coming to Louisville Palace Sept. 13

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By Bohlsen Group

Blues artist Buddy Guy is coming to Louisville Palace Sept. 13

Tickets on sale now

Legendary blues artist Buddy Guy will light up the Louisville Palace stage in Louisville at 8 p.m. Sept. 13.

Eric Clapton once described Guy as the best guitar player alive. It’s been through the support of his many famous and respected admirers that blues master Buddy Guy has come to the attention of rock audiences, from touring with the Rolling Stones in 1970 to soliciting guest appearances from Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Mark Knopfler for “Damn Right, I’ve Got The Blues,” the Grammy-winning 1991 album that reestablished his stature in the music community and marked his greatest commercial success to date.

Guy began playing his instrument as a teenager, inspired by such Southern blues greats as Lightnin’ Slim and Guitar Slim. The young guitarist left Baton Rouge in 1957 to test his chops in Chicago, the urban capital of the electric blues.

Guy was on the verge of starving when a merciful stranger led him to the 708 Club and persuaded that evening’s performer, Otis Rush, to allow him to sit in. Guy’s impromptu performance earned him a steady gig at the club, and he was soon playing regularly at other local venues.

His fierce, visceral style caught the ear of venerable composer/bassist Willie Dixon, who helped Guy land a contract with the noted blues label Chess Records. Though Guy was originally signed by Leonard Chess as a singer, he became a house guitarist for the company, playing on records with legendary artists such as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf in addition to making recordings on his own.

Since Guy’s arrangement with Chess prevented him from getting credit for his work with artists on other labels, he eventually switched to Vanguard. Some of his most memorable work on Vanguard was done in collaboration with the great harmonica player Junior Wells, who Guy first met in a Chicago club and with whom he maintained a close association throughout Wells’ life.

Some of Guy’s most acclaimed solo albums have been recorded live, including the Alligator release Stone Crazy!, one of his personal favorites, which captures a 1978 performance in France.

Although many of Guy’s fans insist he is best appreciated in concert, his recordings through the ‘90s have proven to be critical and popular favorites. Among them are three star-studded Grammy-winning albums: 1991’s Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues, 1993’s Feels Like Rain featuring Bonnie Raitt, Paul Rodgers, John Mayall, and Travis Tritt, and 1994’s Slippin’ In, with the Double Trouble rhythm section, pianist Johnnie Johnson, and guitarist David Grissom. Heavy Love (1998) features Jonny Lang and Steve Cropper. In 1993, Guy received Billboard’s Century Award.

Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $29.50 to $89.50, and available at www.LouisvillePalace.com or at The Louisville Palace Box Office, 625 South Fourth Street. For premium seats, lounge access, parking and more, email PalacePremiumSeating @livenation.com or call (502) 883-5804.