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Buddy Guy, John Hiatt join Bluesapalooza lineup

March 27, 2014

 

Tickets for the 2014 Buesaplalooza and Festival of Beers went on sale this past week, offering a couple of headline acts that are sure to draw music fans to Sam’s Woodsite on July 31-Aug. 3.

Buddy Guy, who has been among the top Chicago blues guitarists for decades, will close the show on Sunday, April 3; Hiatt, a longtime Nashville-based blues/rock musician, will headline the Friday night show.

For the hard-core blues set, landing Guy is something of a coup for Sean and Joyce Turner, co-owners of Mammoth Brewing Co. and impresarios of the annual summer music and beer festival.

Guy has influenced white blues-rock musicians such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

In the 1960s, Guy was a member of Muddy Waters' band and was a house guitarist at Chess Records. Guy had a long musical partnership with harmonica player Junior Wells.

Guy was ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

His song "Stone Crazy" was ranked 78th in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time."

Guy's autobiography, “When I Left Home: My Story,” was released on May 8, 2012.

His Wikipedia entry is extensive.

Also with an extensive Wikipedia entry is Hiatt. 61, an American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter.

He has played a variety of musical styles on his albums, including New Wave, blues and country.

Hiatt has been nominated for several Grammy Awards and has been awarded a variety of other distinctions in the music industry. He remains one of the most respected and influential American singer-songwriters.

Hiatt was working as a songwriter for Tree International, a record label in Nashville, when his song “Sure As I'm Sittin’ Here” was covered by Three Dog Night.

The song became a Top 40 hit, earning Hiatt a recording contract with Epic Records. Since then he has released 21 studio albums, two compilation albums and one live album.

His songs have been covered by a variety of artists in multiple genres, including Bob Dylan, The Searchers, Willy DeVille, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Willie Nelson, Three Dog Night, Joan Baez, Paula Abdul, Buddy Guy, the Desert Rose Band, Jimmy Buffett, Mandy Moore, Iggy Pop, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rosanne Cash, Suzy Bogguss, Jewel, Aaron Neville, Jeff Healey, Keith Urban, Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan, Paulini and many others.

The Dutch singer/songwriter Ilse DeLange recorded the album "Dear John" with nine of his songs.

The 2014 Bluesapalooza poster
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