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Interview:
Buddy Guy's Happy To Still Have The Blues
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Buddy Guy’s got the blues — and has had ’em for the entirety of his 50-plusyear career.

But he’s also got the blues about the blues, especially when it comes to the lack of mainstream outlets for the music.

“I wish we could get a little more airplay on the blues,” says the Louisianaborn Guy, 70, who moved to Chicago in 1957 and now maintains the blues club Legends there. “You don’t hear much of that on your big radio stations. But I remember even before I went into it, on the big AM stations you would hear spirituals or blues or Country & Western, the soul stuff — they would play everybody. You could just turn your radio on and just lay there and you didn’t know what the next song would be.

“That disappeared. Now you don’t hear anybody, unless they’re a superstar.

Guy is somewhat resigned that “I probably can’t do anything about it,” but he keeps trying. His lauded 2003 album, “Blues Singer,” found him playing in an acoustic style, while on last year’s “Bring ’Em In,” he covered songs by

Wilson Pickett, Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfi eld, Bob Dylan and others, and worked with guests such as Carlos Santana, the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, Anthony Hamilton and Robert Randolph.

“I would record anything just to make sure this music I love so well and dedicated my life to stays alive for some other generation of people to carry it,” Guy says. “After all the great blues players we’ve lost in the last 20 years, there’s not many of us left. So I’ll put anything out there that reminds people what the blues is.”

Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor and James Hunter perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (August 30th)at Meadow Brook Music Festival, on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $35 pavilion, $15 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit

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