Buddy Guy epitomizes “good guy.” That’s one takeaway from Jim Farrell’s admiring, affectionate documentary of the 83-year-old Chicago bluesman.
The film illustrates the inspiration that Guy received from such giants as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and his own dedication to mentoring the next generation of blues artists. In particular, it details his mentoring of Bedford, Massachusetts-born guitar phenomenon Quinn Sullivan, now 20, in whose talent he has taken an active interest since Sullivan was young.
With the use of live performance footage, archival photos and personal anecdotes all contextualize Guy’s career in American cultural history. Chicago music photographer Paul Natkin shares tales. Carlos Santana highlights Guy’s “certain frequency, certain vocabulary.”
The artist himself was present at the screening, along with Farrell and producer Amy Briamonte. Guy, now 83, is currently on his The Blues Is Alive And Well Tour of North America and played at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas in September. Guy is also appearance as part of the autumn run of shows in the Experience Hendrix tour, alongside such players as Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Billy Cox and Dweezil Zappa.