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Buddy Guy with Quinn Sullivan

As an aspiring musician making the move from his native Louisiana to Chicago, Buddy Guy seemed to hit the jackpot when he fell in with the legendary Muddy Waters and got a record deal from pioneering blues label Chess Records within a couple of years of hitting the Windy City. But the tradition-minded label folks didn’t know what to do with Guy’s scorching electric style, preferring the more refined folk-blues style of other artists on their roster, and they delayed releasing Guy’s first album for nearly a decade after signing him. Only later, after he left Chess, did people come to appreciate his genre-twisting take on the blues, landing him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Kennedy Center honoree is a true living legend.

— Dan Nailen

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