Review - Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang @ the Mountain Winery (7/28/17)

Kevin Keating
Buddy Guy (Photo: Kevin Keating)
What a phenomenal night of blues guitar rock! The nearly 81 year young Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang as his opener absolutely blew us all away at the Mountain Winery last night in Saratoga, CA. The Rock n Roll Hall of Famer -- and 7x Grammy award winner -- is a national treasure and it was a pure delight to see him perform.

Buddy's influenced a who's-who of guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page, and Keith Richards. Simply put, Buddy's a legend. And unbeknownst to me, he's also a bit of a comedian... Throughout the night, Buddy dropped zingers like "I play music so funky you can smell it" in between classic hits that kept those of us in the audience engaged and laughing just before he would rip into John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" or "She's Only Nineteen" by Muddy Waters. And later in the evening, Buddy brought out an 18 year old guitar prodigy who Buddy found at the age of 7, Quinn Sullivan, to join him onstage. The kid is unbelievably good.

Quinn's journey has been similar to show opener, Jonny Lang, who picked up the guitar at age 12 and who's carried the blues guitar mantle along with other modern day blues guitarists Kenny Wayne Sheppard, John Mayer, Joe Bonamassa & Gary Clark Jr.
Jonny Lang (Photo: Kevin Keating)
If you're a guitar aficionado, do yourself a favor and catch any/all of these guys when they come to your town!

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Buddy Guy Setlist The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA, USA 2017

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