Buddy Guy is set to tour the USA in a massive tour that will see the 81-year-old blues singer and guitarist travel to 54 confirmed dates in venues such as theaters, arts centers and casinos. The tour starts on March 9th at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Arizona and runs until the final date on July 27th at South Shore Music Circus in Massachusetts. As fans already know, he doesn’t disappoint on the road.
George “Buddy” Guy is the embodiment of Chicago Blues but is also an original and inspirational musician with a unique style that combines traditional deep blues with unpredictable avant-rock and jazz elements. His unconventional and anarchistic guitar skills earned him a place among legends, and Buddy influenced artists such as Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, who described him as the “greatest guitarist of all times”.
Buddy is well known for his time spent playing with Muddy Waters. He was signed with Chess Records in his early career and came to fame as a solo artist during the blues revival of the late 80s and early 90s. After being asked by Clapton to play at The Royal Albert Hall in London for the “24 Nights” blues concert, Buddy attracted the attention of more labels and signed with Silvertone Records.
Among the many gigs on his current U.S. tour, Buddy Guy will play the SugarHouse Casino Event Center in Philadelphia on Friday, April 13th. Tickets are available now for $49 to $69 from the SugarHouse events page. The casino has nearly 1,900 slots, 103 gaming tables, as well as 28 table poker rooms with games like Texas Hold ‘Em, the world’s most popular type of poker.
The legendary blues artist also plays the following day at Hollywood Casino at Charles Races in West Virginia. Other casino dates include the Silver Legacy Resort & Casino in Nevada on March 23rd, the Golden Nugget in Los Angeles and the Hampton Beach Casino in New Hampshire.
During his highly successful career, which spans several decades and continues to this day, Buddy Guy has picked up 37 blues music awards, including seven Grammy awards and the Billboard magazine Century Award. He appears as number 23 on Rolling Stone’s “100 greatest guitarists of all time”.
Buddy Guy’s albums have also gained notoriety. “Rhythm and Blues” was named number one on Billboard’s Top Blues Album list, as was his most recent addition “Born to Play Guitar”. Perhaps his most acclaimed song, “Stone Crazy” ranked 78th in Rolling Stone’s “100 greatest guitar songs of all time”.
Buddy’s most recent album, the aptly-named “Blues is Alive and Well,” is a testament to the famous guitarist’s ability to move with the times while keeping a classic genre of music going for fans of the era and of today alike.
If there’s one blues tour worth seeing in 2018, it has to be the living legend Buddy Guy on one of his U.S. tour dates. This is a golden opportunity to catch Buddy Guy in action, still in his elements, performing Chicago Blues like you have never heard it before. The full tour schedule is available on the artist’s website.