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Buddy Guy is cool. Leaning on an amp and playing his Fender Strat with one-hand cool. Wiping down his face and strings with a towel mid-song cool. Taking the drummers stick and using it like an extended finger to pick his guitar cool... All of which he did during his sold-out Belly Up show.

Guy and his crack four-piece band opened with "Damn Right I Got the Blues," taking time between songs to spin tales of the past, covering everyone from Muddy to Jimi, accompanied by blistering versions of their respective songs "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and "Voodoo Child."

"Watcha drinking, Buddy?" someone yelled from the crowd. "Just..." Guy started to reply as he took a sip and the crowd snickered like they knew what he meant — "Just whatever the fuck’s in the cup," he added.

Buddy's bantering leaned toward the bawdry side, which he proclaimed many blues lyrics to be, "If you just look between the lines." His intense, string-munching guitar solo and subsequent shit-eating grin during "Hoochie Coochie Man/ She's Nineteen Years Old" brought it all home for this reporter. At 77, Buddy's licks haven't missed a beat. How cool is that.

  • Concert: Buddy Guy
  • Date: October 28
  • Venue: Belly up
  • Seats: Floor
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