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Guy hopeful for a blues museum here

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Updated: January 25, 2013 6:15AM



Buddy Guy is aware of the momentum behind the National Blues Museum, scheduled to open 2014 in downtown St. Louis.

Earlier this month the proposed 23,000-square-foot museum received a $6 million contribution from Pinnacle Entertainment and Lumiere Place Casino.

“Talk don’t make it happen,” Guy said of the project. “When I was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame I was invited to City Hall, and one of the aldermen said they should put wheels on [the rock hall] so we could have rolled it to Chicago. I said, ‘No, we should have built it here.’

“We have more history of great blues players than Cleveland. If I start naming we won’t stop talking until tomorrow, starting with Muddy, [Howlin’] Wolf, [Little] Walter and Sonny Boy [Williamson]. Muddy Waters made the [1977] record ‘The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock ’n’ Roll.”

Some talk has Guy linked with the Blues Experience, a proposed blues museum-nightclub in the former Block 37 shopping center on State Street.

Guy said it was premature to talk about his involvement with the project but added, “I think we’re a little farther than St. Louis. We all know what we want here.”

Dave Hoekstra



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