Born to Play Guitar. The title and sentiment might sound like typical rock-star hyperbole, but every word of it is as true and exacting as the Louisiana native’s stinging and incisive blues licks. Mainstream music fans are still catching up to Guy’s blistering solos and casual dexterity, but he’s been long recognized by fellow guitarists as a supreme inspiration after he moved to Chicago in the late 1950s. At this point in his career, Guy can do anything he wants, and he nimbly trades licks with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ Kim Wilson on the recent record before sharing the mic with Van Morrison. Also at the Coach House, Tuesday, July 25, and the Saban, Thursday, July 27.
“I grew up real fast, and I’ve traveled very far/One damn thing for sure, I was born to play the guitar,” Buddy Guy declares on the title track of his latest album,