Blues guitar journeyman Buddy Guy wants you to feel something. His performances range from soft ballad whispers to bursts of ferocious blues-rock energy, often within the same tune. Born in Louisiana in 1936, Guy made the Windy City his home in the early ’60s, marking his place as a father of Chicago Blues with the 1965 Chess Records release Hoodoo Man Blues featuring Junior Wells.
Guy’s guitar playing is virtuosic, emotional, extraordinary, disapproved by critics for being over-the-top and so much more than just the blues. If it weren’t for Guy, guitar greats like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton might’ve stayed home. Later, Eric Clapton helped revive Guy’s career in the 1990s with an all-star performance of top guitar players at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
In the hippie-folk-rock documentary Festival Express, chronicling a 1970 train tour across Canada, Guy sets the stage ablaze with electric guitar power to an afternoon audience of jaw-dropped stoners waiting for Janis Joplin. His performance in San Antonio 45 years later should be no less incendiary.