Buddy Guy at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor in ‘89, never have seen anyone before or since so “on”, totally owned the crowd with his incredible playing and singing with the most effective use of dynamics I’ve ever experienced.
Late into the show he was walking through the crowd playing & occasionally signing napkins & such & he saw me holding the cd sleeve of “A Man And The Blues” and he smiled at me & patted my shoulder & took it and signed it.
Obviously a memorable night!
Bruce Hornsby (regularly, just before he made it), Little River Band where we sat so close to them that they were talking back and forth from the stage with my wife between songs, Spirit at a bar in D.C, Les Paul at the Iridium with Bucky Pizzarelli (honeymoon so we sat one person from Les as a gift from the club), Chick Corea and Return to Forever near Baltimore at Painter's Mill, and The Wooten Brothers who played around town often while growing up here. Gotta, say that between The Wootens, and Hornsby, both gigging regularly around town for years, it was a tough sell for other locals to get noticed at all. LOL.
Followed a local blues pianist in Tampa named Reverend Ralph.
He was great, the kind who'd kick over the bench and play from his knees.
Then he got a band, I went to a club to see him and he was two hours late when I left.
I always wondered what became of him?