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Joliet’s own blues legend joining Buddy Guy’s hall of fame

Updated: May 2, 2013 2:21PM



A Joliet blues musician who has opened for the likes of Muddy Waters and the Fabulous Thunderbirds will be recognized by Buddy Guy on Sunday as he’s inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

Harvey “T-Bird Huck” Huckstep will join more than 20 blues performers during the event, which begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash St. in Chicago.

Huckstep grew up in Joliet and graduated from Joliet East High School in 1968.

He started guitar lessons when he was 15 and began performing blues music on his own in 1969. He formed a duo with Michael Ciancanelli in 1970 and the two performed together for 35 years.

“We were vivid characters that lived outside the box, maybe a little bit over the top,” Huckstep said in a written statement. “He was tall and thin and I was short and stocky. We used to wear real long coats, big hats and drive around in antique gangster cars, 1952 and 1955 Cadillacs and a 1950 Buick.”

In 2005, the two went their separate ways with different bands.

Huckstep is scheduled to perform about 6 p.m. Sunday during the hall of fame event.

Fans also can catch Huckstep performing in the Chicago area, including Sunday night gigs at Kegler’s Sports Bar and Grill, 905 Theodore St. in Crest Hill.



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