The Grandfather of the Blues: Buddy Guy


Most (maybe all) of his contemporaries are dead. Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Albert King; all gone. Seven-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy is still standing. He’s 81 years old and can still rock the house down, make his guitar weep and make you laugh out loud. He’s the living spirit of…

Concert Review: Bare Naked Ladies


It’s completely false advertising. There aren’t any ladies. No naked chicks. It’s four geezers with Canada accents.  – Facebook comment on Barenaked Ladies WC seems to have a thing for Canadian musicians who have achieved a certain amount of fame at home but are relatively little-known in the states. Still with 14 million albums sold…

WC Meets the Beatles


Seventh Grade, Main Junior High School, 1963. We ate lunch in the weird auditorium-gymnasium-cafeteria. Tables were broken up by unspoken social levels. The hot meals were pretty awful. Lunches were an ordeal. Bu on December 2, 1963 WC walked into the lunchroom and came to a complete, stunned stop. There was music coming over the…

The Quiet Knight entrance on Belmont, photographer unknown

A Few Notes on The Quiet Knight


WC lived in Chicago, Illinois for three years in the early 1970s, attending law school. Whatever Chicago’s charms may be, they generally aren’t available to impoverished college students. It was the waning days of the Richard J. Daley administration, a mix of egregious political corruption, sharp racial tension and serious street crime. And the traffic…