Chicago blues great Buddy Guy never was the same after he heard John Lee Hooker’s seminal “Boogie Chillun’” while growing up in his rural stomping grounds of Lettswork, Louisiana. In 1957 he set out for the Windy City and its vibrant blues scene, where he played his way into the clubs, cut records, befriended and gigged with other greats (Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Otis Rush), forged his skillful, intense, wild persona, hit the road, influenced new generations of musicians (Mick, Keith, Eric, Stevie Ray Vaughan), performed at the Obama White House and collected nine Grammys along the way. Supported by a sumptuous assemblage of performance footage, testimonials from those he’s inspired (including Clapton, Carlos Santana, Gary Clark Jr., and John Mayer) and some classic blues licks, Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues Away finds Guy (now a young 84) looking back at his life, providing valuable insight into his music while leaving room for some memorable anecdotes (ever heard about Muddy Waters’ salami sandwiches?). If he feels any responsibility as the last of the Chicago bluesman still with us, well he just takes it in stride and deservedly so. —Brian Gordon
*Part of the Juneteenth programming
Charles Todd, Devin Amar, and Matt Mitchener are creative directors at Scheme Engine, a creative studio founded in their dorm room in 2009. They tell stories across numerous formats, including documentaries, music videos, and commercials. They’ve collaborated with Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, and Celine Dion on documentary projects.