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BUDDY GUY is  Chicago's blues king , ruling his domain just as his idol and mentor Muddy Waters did before him. His high-energy guitar histrionics and boundless on-stage energy have always been Guy trademarks, along with a tortured vocal style that's nearly as distinctive as his incendiary rapid-fire fretwork. He's come a long way from his beginnings on the '50s Baton Rouge blues scene, having journeyed to Chicago in 1957, ready to take the town by storm. – and that he did. Today Guy is the favorite blues axeman of  great many adoring fans worldwide, including guitar great Eric Clapton himself. 

“The Blues had a baby and named it rock n roll.” Others say they named him JONNY LANG. Hailed as a Blues prodigy with the screaming Telecaster, LANG became a professional musician at the age of 12.  Notable for both his unusual voice and his guitar prowless, LANG has been on  the road since his now platinum debut Lie to Me, touring with giants like BB King, The Rolling Stones, Sting and Areosmith. Releasing numerous CDs, including the Grammy winning Turn Around,  LANG has also played for President Clinton, appeared in the film Blue Brothers 2000 and was asked by Eric Clapton to participate in the Crossroads Guitar Festival.

At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. While only in her early 30’s, she’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London), shared the stage with such luminaries as  B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, the singer was presented with Taylor’s crown on June 12, 2011 at the Chicago Blues Festival and officially given the honor as the new “Queen of the Blues” by Taylor’s daughter, Cookie.


MONSTER BLUES II
BUDDY GUY & JONNY LANG

WITH GUEST SHEMEKIA COPELAND

OCT. 13, 2012