Blues legend Buddy Guy is currently the star of a new PBS television special.
The television show "WYCC Presents a Special Evening with Buddy Guy" premiered April 18 on WYCC PBS Chicago -Channel 20 and will be shown again at 8 p.m. April 26 and 4 p.m. April 27.
The two-hour special showcases the musician and his rich repertoire in a concert that was taped live at Buddy Guy's Legends, his popular club in Chicago. As part of the show, Guy is also seen in interviews offering personal stories from his life.
"It's part of our obligation as a public media outlet to bring (a variety) of arts and culture to Chicago audiences," said Paul Buckner, general manager for WYCC PBS Chicago.
WYCC will also air a 12-part series this fall titled "Buddy Guy's Legends Presents the Chicago Blues." Buckner said station personnel are happy to be focusing on Guy for this special and are looking forward to presenting the upcoming series. Last year, WYCC presented a series surrounding The Old Town School of Folk Music.
According to Buckner, the Guy special features fascinating stories about the stellar musician, including why he always wears polka dots.
Guy promised his mother he would buy her a polka dot cadillac once he made enough money in the music business but he never got the chance to do so before she died.
"Now he honors his mother by wearing polka dots," Buckner said.
WYCC's Buckner said their music shows are not the average programs.
"The concert series is not just a concert series. We talk to the artists about their lives and influences," he said.
About blues as a genre, Buckner said "It's part of the arts culture in Chicago and part of the DNA in Chicago."
Buckner added, by offering diverse programming, such as the concert series and special, it's WYCC's mission to be a "reflection of everyone in Chicago."