Mar 06, 2020
Paramount Theatre, Oakland
Two of the blues world’s greatest artists share this soulful triple bill at Oakland’s historic Paramount Theatre.
GRAMMY-winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Guy is an iconic force on guitar whose incandescent solos reveal the searing, uninhibited soul of the blues. The Muddy Waters protégé eventually came to define second-generation Chicago blues with his wildly exuberant performances and incendiary guitar playing. His influence was profound across the Atlantic, where British blues lovers Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page absorbed his style. Guy's definitive 1991 album, Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues, officially launched his ascendance, and he’s been making the most out of his late-blooming fame ever since.
A four-time GRAMMY-winning guitarist whose incendiary sound has become synonymous with Texas blues, Jimmie Vaughan is one of the greatest instrumentalists to emerge from the Lone Star state. Taking inspiration from the “Three Kings” (Albert King, B.B. King, and Freddie King), Vaughan began his career as a bandleader in the late 60s and formed The Fabulous Thunderbirds, whose 1986 single “Tuff Enuff” hit the Top 10 on the Billboard pop chart. He’s worked with artists including Eric Clapton and the Foo Fighters and recorded nine albums as a leader, including the GRAMMY-winning 1990 session Family Style in collaboration with his younger brother, the late guitar giant Stevie Ray Vaughan.