Originally posted on CBS Chicago:
CHICAGO (CBS) — Blues fans are smiling big tonight as Chicago icon, Buddy Guy was honored tonight for groundbreaking music.
He’s now amongst the very few, a Kennedy Center Honoree, the top honor for an artist in the country.
CBS 2’s Brad Edwards on the legend and the state of Chicago blues.
Before he was a genre’s juggernaut, he played a stage where a couple young comics, eons ago, practiced a schtick. They’re names were Belushi and Akroyd.
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Edwards trekked up 50 stairs to the owner, a near nonagenarian with an earing.
“A rebel,” said Kingston Mines owner “Doc” Pellegrino. “A bit of a rebel, but not a wild rebel.”
A legend, on a legend
“He’s been a very good ambassador for the blues,” said Pellegrino.
“He’s vastly known for his speed licks which is part of the fire he brought to blues,” said blues…
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