Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy is moving his club, Buddy Guy’s Legends. Guy’s club announced the move last September.
We visited the club four years ago during the giant Midwest Clinic, where Duncanville’s Wind Ensemble debuted a tribute to Rosa Parks just a few days after her death (Samuel R. Hazo’s “Today Is the Gift”) and *spent a memorable evening going slightly deaf to the Kinsey Report.
Following federal law on how blues club should be, the walls tell stories of blues past, blues well-remembered, good blues players who visited, and stories of blues in general. A neophyte can get a good education just looking at the walls in a good club. One wall wore a painting of what could have been Mount Rushmore, which piqued my history radar — but in place of Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln, it had Chicago blues legends: Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, and Howlin’ Wolf.
Who knows the history of the image? Did Buddy Guy hire it done? Did someone do it as a serious tribute? Was it an image done for a show in the distant past, just pasted onto the wall?
When I heard the club was moving, I feared for the thing, especially since I was not digital at the time and didn’t get a photo of it. To my shock, I couldn’t find any images on the internet.
Then a couple of days ago I ran across a version of the the image, at Today’s Chicago Blues. It’s appropriately called “Mount Bluesmore.”
But the same question remains: Will it be saved with the new venue?
The Kinsey Report:
* This isn’t blues, below, but it’s worth a listen; I believe it may even be Duncanville’s premiere of Hazo’s tribute to Rosa Parks — alas, without video of the band, and lacking a little on the bass end but otherwise showing off the Wind Ensemble’s performance flair: