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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 11:51 PM
I am a bit wired - I just emailed this to a mate of mine, thought I'd share it here.

Tonight I went to Buddy Guy's Legend's to see John Primer who was the guitar player in Muddy Waters band up to when Muddy passed away.

I was at the gig in the front and Buddy came into the bar so I finnished my dinner - there was hardly anyone in the club so I went to the bar and got to chat with Buddy for a little while. Amoung other things - I told him I was going to see the Allman Brothers Band in New York next week and he said approvingly 'oh, they're a good band'.

After we chatted a while I asked if I could get a picture with him. I got a dude walking passed to stop and take a photo - he got good shot of me sitting at the bar with Buddy.

Then I went back to my seat and was sitting next to an idiot so I went back to the bar.

I started talking with Buddy again and was asking him about playing with the old cats like Muddy and Howlin' Wolf. He said he missed those guys and pointed to the stage and said 'you know that's Muddy's guitar player right there' I asked him if it reminded him of Muddy and he said 'hell yeah'.

Then John Primer went into Hoochie Coochie Man and Buddy made a bee line for the stage. He got up and went 'shit, I don't know what I'm doin' up here, get me a drink' - they got him a port and he downed it. I went back to my front row seat and started taking pictures 5 feet from the stage. He sang a verse and got another drink - I videoed him down the 2nd port and of him singing a few more lines, then took a few more pictures. Then he said 'I'm just up here f*ckin' with ya's' and left the stage.

I went back to the bar - so did Buddy, then he headed off.

That band was pretty good - but with Buddy getting up on stage, it became magic.

Tonight's encounter has got me trippin'.

What a cool dude Buddy is man - I've been in is club about 5 times and he's been there 4. He's such a nice dude to talk to, so approacable. Incredible really. Very inspiring.

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  posted on 3/22/2007 at 12:33 AM
Another great night at Legends, Nick!
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Tonight I went to Buddy Guy's Legend's to see John Primer who was the guitar player in Muddy Waters band up to when Muddy passed away. . . . {Buddy} said he missed those guys and pointed to the stage and said 'you know that's Muddy's guitar player right there' I asked him if it reminded him of Muddy and he said 'hell yeah'.
I've read that Primer was in Muddy's band at the end, too, but tell you what: I saw Muddy three times in 1979-81 (Muddy passed away in April 1983), and Primer wasn't in the band. It was always Bob Margolin and maybe Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson on guitar along with Muddy. Out of all the Muddy recording sessions over the years, you see the name "John Primer" credited for only one track, a live cut in 1980 at the Navy Pier (I think this was the forerunner of the annual Blues Fest).

Now, I'm not saying the claim is a lie at all. It's just that Primer couldn't have been with Muddy very much. Maybe Primer was in Muddy's band for his less and less frequent local gigs, because after that 1980 one-off, Muddy was back out recording with Johnny Winter, Margolin, and Johnson on guitars. And the last time I saw Muddy was either 1981 or 1982, and it was Margolin and Johnson. This was a one-off gig 2-1/2 hours south of Chicago, so if Primer was still in Muddy's "local" band, why did Muddy bring the A team?

This is something that's mystified me since I started seeing Primer's publicity years and years ago. I ought to just go up and ask him sometime!

Anyway, I've seen Primer, too, both at club and fest settings, and he really does remind you of that Muddy sound. He doesn't really do it as well as Muddy, but he seemed to stick to that style, is what I mean--you know, without going off into Albert King or Stevie Ray like many Chicago blues guitarists do. Primer is content to pay tribute to Muddy, for the most part.

But it's pretty cool, Nick, that you inspired Buddy to get up onstage! Way to go!

I'm going to bump that other thread back up. Maybe the Buddy Guy threads can outnumber the Beacon threads Thursday!

 

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  posted on 3/22/2007 at 09:44 AM
Sounds like your Chicago trip has turned out to be a rousing success, Nick!!!

 

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  posted on 3/22/2007 at 10:58 AM
Yep - everything I came here to do (catch some great blues, go to legends, see Buddy Guy and some blues brothers sites) I've done and more.

Still more gigs at Legend's coming up but my eye and heart is now on the REAL reason for my trip.

7 days and counting - abb here I come.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2007 at 11:04 AM
Nick-

You should hit Kingston Mines Friday and/or Saturday and see Larry McCray. He's awesome! 'cept he likes to play Soulshine a lot.

http://www.kingstonmines.com/flash/main.html

And a really cool exhibit is at the Chicago Historical Museum (which is not too far from Kingston Mines). Chicago Roots Music. It traces the history of music here from gosepl to jazz to blues and rockabilly. It's worth the trip.

http://www.chicagohs.org/

 
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  posted on 3/22/2007 at 04:47 PM
Nick, do what Lee says! Larry McCray is the guy to see this weekend over either Coco Montoya (Friday) or Li'l Ed (Saturday) at Legends (see earlier post in other thread about Li'l Ed; Coco's better, but he's not one of the best guitarists ever to play with John Mayall). And it might not make Lee cringe less, but Larry's rendition of "Soushine" is a lot more tolerable than others'.

Chicago Historical Society--whoops, name changed to Chicago History Museum since I was last there--is always a good visit. Besides the main exhibits, it has a great library, where you can find all sorts of great photos and other materials to look over. It's 2 miles of a great walk N of the heart of the Loop. In fact, no matter which N-S street you walk up, the things along the way are so interesting, you might not make it to the CHM.

Okay, they call the library the Research Center:
http://www.chicagohs.org/research

Now, what's going on around town this weekend? Time to consult the online Reader:

Andy's 11 E. Hubbard: Fri 3/16, 5 PM, Matthew Skoller's Lost Trio
B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted: Music at 9:30 PM. Fri 3/23 and Sat 3/24, John Primer
Kingston Mines 2548 N. Halsted: Music at 8 PM Thursdays through Saturdays: Fri 3/23 and Sat 3/24, Larry McCray. 773-477-4646.
Rosa's Lounge 3420 W. Armitage: Music at 9:30 PM Fridays and Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 PM Saturdays. Fri 3/23 and Sat 3/24, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band

I would see Larry McCray both nights (plus Matthew Skoller early Friday)! Otherwise, maybe Larry Friday and Melvin Taylor Saturday.



For a fun late-night jazz thing in a packed club that goes way back in history:
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway: Fridays, 1:30-4 AM, Green Mill Quartet. Saturdays, midnight, Sabertooth.
http://www.greenmilljazz.com/

I don't know why I live so far away from Chicago.


[Edited on 2007.3.23 by PeterNelson]

 

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  posted on 3/23/2007 at 05:25 AM
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I don't know why I live so far away from Chicago.


Tell me about it, I happen to be the mate on the receiving end of all Nick's 'happy lala I'm in Chicago and you're not' emails............

I'm wrapt he's having the time of his life but it's killing me

Next week will be even harder when the Beacon emails start............

Don't forget my T-shirt Brother.......

 

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  posted on 3/23/2007 at 06:15 AM
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I got a dude walking passed to stop and take a photo - he got good shot of me sitting at the bar with Buddy.

you should post the photo on here! that would be cool. great story!

 
 


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