Buddy Scott and the Rib Tips have held down weekends at Lee’s Unleaded Blues Lounge (formerly the famous Queen Bee’s) on South Chicago Avenue for years. For some reason they’ve never developed a north-side reputation to match their talents. Scott’s guitar playing complements his vocal style–bluesy and passionate with a heaping dose of deep soul commitment laced with an ever-present sense of humor–and his band of “Mighty Tips,” as he calls them, are as tight a contemporary blues aggregation as any working regularly around Chicago. He’s especially adept at working an audience; he hones and seasons his delivery with the subtlety of a chef to match the mood of the room. Also notable is the contribution of Scott’s wife, vocalist Patricia Scott. Like him, she’s delightfully entertaining and solidly professional: her rapport with the audience is warm and genuine, and she manages to be both sexy and assertive without descending into either trashy vulgarity or bellicose aggressiveness. They provide one of the most enjoyable, varied, and adult blues shows to be found anywhere in Chicago. Fridays and Saturdays, Lee’s Unleaded Blues, 7401 S. South Chicago; 493-3477. Wednesday, Blue Chicago, 937 N. State; 642-6261.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Marc PoKempner.