Blues master Buddy Guy will be honored twice this week, as part of the unveiling of a historic marker along the Mississippi Blues Trail.
First, Buddy Guy will be the focus of a press conference at Baton Rouge’s Tiger Stadium on Friday, December 7. That event will be followed on Saturday, December 8 with a ceremony in his hometown of Lettsworth, in northern Pointe Coupee Parish.
At 3 p.m. on December 8, the Buddy Guy marker unveiling will take place at 15591 Highway 418, at the intersection of LA-418 and Sharkles Place. There, Pointe Coupee Parish officials will proclaim December 8 as Buddy Guy Day. Furthermore, Louisiana Highway 418 in Lettsworth will become Buddy Guy Way.
In June, Guy released The Blues Is Alive and Well, reviewed by John Wirt in the October 2018 OffBeat. Of it, Wirt wrote “Guy, the Pointe Coupee Parish native who boarded a train in Baton Rouge for Chicago in 1957, delivers an album that shows him at peak blues power. His strong, supple voice, frenzied guitar and stage-stalking presence don’t miss. Celebrity guests Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Jeff Beck, all friends and fans of Guy’s, plus the gospel group the McCrary Sisters, complement the blues master.”