Backroads Blues Fest

The inaugural tour of the Backroads Blues Tour has just begun when it made a stop at the open air arena at Artpark in Lewiston, New York ( near Niagara Falls).

The tour brings together three generations of Blues artists with Christine “Kingfish” Ingram, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, and the legendary Buddy Guy.

Young phenom Kingfish got the night of music started playing before a packed house.  Backed by his band – bass, drums, and keyboards – the 23 year old knows how to make that guitar wail.  When Kingfish sang, his voice was a mix of Lou Rawls and a young B.B. King.

The show’s creator took the stage next for a set that celebrated the 25th anniversary of his chart topping album  “Trouble Is”.  Along with featuring songs from that album, Sheppard also performed his biggest hit to date “Black on Blue”.  A modern day Blues man but he definitely knows how to rock the stage.

His album “Trouble Is” still holds the record for topping the Billboard Blues chart.

And then the legend himself took the stage.  The last of an era, Buddy Guy shows no signs of slowing down.  If concert goers thought that they were going to see an 86 year old Guy sit down for a few tunes, they were in for a big surprise.  Attired in a bright red shirt and white pants, Guy showed the younger set how it’s done.  He got down and dirty…with his playing and his dialog.

Raised on a farm with no running water or electricity, Buddy Guy knew what the meaning of the Blues was all about and brings it to the stage with every note he plays.

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