Melody Angel took to the stage at the mecca for Chicago blues music, Buddy Guy’s Legends.
02-Sept-2016: The stage at Buddy Guy’s Legends has been home to blues royalty over the years. However, Legends is also well-known for giving new, younger blues artists a shot. It’s common for Buddy to invite aspiring players up on stage with him, and the Jam Night on Mondays is a well-established tradition.
On this Friday night, we caught a glimpse of what may well be the next gem to be unearthed on the stage of Legends. Melody Angel walked out in front of the audience, and from the moment she opened her mouth, she held the room captivated.
Starting by paying tribute to those who had played on this stage before her, she appeared humble and slightly nervous. However, as she opened with one of her favorite blues tracks by Big Mama Thornton, any sign of nerves disappeared as her huge voice filled the room.
With a rock-solid band behind her, Melody ripped through a set containing a number of her originals, including “End Me Now,” “Cease Fire,” and “Hunter and Prey.”
Melody clearly draws her inspiration from her environment, and her music carries a powerful message (such as “Cease Fire”). As the set moved on, Melody closed out with a cover of Jimi Hendrix, who she said opened her eyes to guitar as a kid. She took all guitar duties herself on the night, providing an excellent platform for her phenomenal voice.
The final song of the evening, a cover of The Animals’ “House Of The Rising Sun,” highlighted both her voice and guitar playing. Melody is a talented artist committed to her craft and who just nailed an amazing set.
The reaction Melody received from the audience was outstanding with shouts for “one more song!” and standing ovations â€” not a bad start for a Legends’ debut.