Buddy Guy honor at Grammys draws attention to lack of Chicago blues museum
Chicago’s Buddy Guy received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys Sunday. Its one of the countless honors he’s received throughout his career spanning over 50 years. But the one thing that he really wants is a permanent place of honor for the blues. He ran the Checkerboard Lounge in the 1970s and opened his namesake club in the 1980s. But he’s always wanted a museum where people could learn about his music and maybe be inspired to follow in his footsteps. There’s the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, a jazz museum in Kansas City and the Stax museum celebrating soul music in Memphis. Why isn’t there a blues museum in Chicago, the undisputed home of the electric blues? WBEZ’s Yolanda Perdomo joins us with that story.