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The Blues: Buddy Guy
The Awesome Buddy Guy
The legendary Buddy Guy is one of the giants of the blues. His influences were legends, too, which may explain his incredible music. Buddy has worked with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf, on one the hand, and Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Rolling Stones, on the other. There are few notable blues figures that Guy hasn't touched with his music. He was even an influence on Jimi Hendrix.
...the best guitar player alive...
Buddy Guy, arguably the king of today's Chicago's blues, rules the Blues exactly as his idol and mentor Muddy Waters did. Buddy's first three albums for Silvertone in the '90s all earned Grammys. Eric Clapton calls Buddy his favorite blues guitar maestro, and so did (and do) a great many adoring fans worldwide, including the legendary Jimmy Hendrix.
In fact, according to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Clapton proclaimed Buddy "...without a doubt the best guitar player alive." Coming from a superstar like Clapton, that's high tribute indeed.
High-energy guitar histrionics and boundless on-stage energy, coupled with a smile the ladies find irresistible, have always been Buddy's trademarks, along with a vocal style that's almost as distinctive as his incredible rapid-fire fretwork.
If you take the time to watch Buddy at work while you're here, you'll soon understand Clapton's high praise. They just don't come any better than Buddy Guy.
"Mustang Sally, baby, I guess you better slow your mustang down..."
Mustang Sally - Let's Rock & Roll!
This guest-studded CD relaunched Buddy Guy's career and set him toward the pinnacle of contemporary blues. Despite turns from Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, and others, it's Guy who burns brightest--and loudest. He delivers roaring, exuberant performances of classic R&B ("Mustang Sally"), old-time blues ("Black Night"), and house rockers ("Where Is the Next One Coming From"). Most poignant, though, is his seven-minute instrumental "Rememberin' Stevie," which not only rekindles the fiery spirit of his own youth, but pays sensitive tribute to his late friend and admirer Stevie Ray Vaughan. This is the blueprint for Guy's current performing style. (Ted Drozdowski. Ted is a freelance journalist and musician living in Boston, Massachusetts.)
"You know I can't win, now people, cause I don't have a thing to lose..."
Damn right I got the Blues....
This is my all-time favorite Buddy Guy song, and one of the best renditions of the Chicago Blues style you'll find anywhere.
An extraordinary piece of work!
Done Got Old
"Remember the day, baby
That done passed and gone
When I could love you
Most all night long..."
"But now things gone changed
And I done got old
I can't do the things I used to do
'Cause I'm an old man"
"I can't look like I used to
I can't walk like I used to
I can't love like I used to,"
Done Got Old
I first heard this during Buddy's appearance at the Victoria Jazz Festival, in 2006. It's the first acoustic piece I've ever heard Buddy do, and I love it, being an old guy of 71 myself :-)
Buddy first introduced "Done Got Old" during his "Sweet Tea" tour in 2006... he'd gone down to the Delta to get in touch with his roots, and this CD was the result. "Done Got Old" aside, this album's filled with heavy, hard driving electric Blues.
"Sweet Tea" is probably Buddy's best CD - ever - the liner notes proclaim that Buddy "may have made the album of his life".
The dark, brooding, often haunting, hypnotic beat of the original tunes is left intact here. What Buddy brings to the mix is his exceptional guitar solos - make no mistake, Guy's playing on the album is exceptional - the best in a long time. If you want to hear something a little different from Buddy, now's the time - grab Sweet Tea and enjoy a master at his very best.
I Gotta try you girl
Hard-driving blues from Buddy's "Sweet Tea" release...awesome tune!
"Lord I work five long years for one woman
And she had the nerve to kick me out..."
Five Long Years
Download the album!
Music makes people happy, and that's why I go on doing it
Five Long Years - Muddy Waters
Buddy Buy spent his teen years sitting in Chicago's blues clubs, including the one belonging to Muddy Waters, one of Buddy's early mentors. In fact, Buddy now owns the club, Legends, and you can still find him there, signing autographs and greeting his fans..
This is the only song I've included here that doesn't feature Buddy Guy, but I felt Blues fans would enjoy the contrast between Muddy's performance and Buddy's equally outstanding cover.
MP3 from the Father of the Chicago Blues
Your Favorite Tune?
Which of the tunes on this page grabs you the most?
Leave My Lil' Girl Alone
Buddy likes to talk about his early days with the Chess label because back then, his amazing fretwork was discouraged...they just didn't believe that Americans would buy Buddy's incredible fret work. With the British invasion, however, all that changed, and all the restrictions on Buddy's unique guitar style were lifted.
This song, one of Buddy's signature pieces from the Chess era, is a classic example of the laid back style Chess encouraged at the time.
An indispensable part of Buddy Guy history!
"I asked my baby for a nickle, and she gave me a twenty dollar bill..."
Sweet Little Angel
There are a number of versions of this classic on YouTube, many of them including other famous Blues greats like Eric Clapton, Big Mama Thornton, BB King, Albert Collins and Jeff Beck. If you love the Blues - and Buddy - as much as I do, you'll get yourself to YouTube and check them ALL out!
For this lens, however, I chose one that featured Buddy and Buddy alone. I think you'll thank me for it :-)
From the Album A Man And The Blues
Palmer's love of the blues shines through in this exceptional book.
Buddy Guy - Blues on the Web
Buddy on the Tonight Show
- Mustang Sally Lyrics & Chords
B7 Mustang Sally, guess you'd better slow your Mustang down
- Buddy Guy's Website
News, gig schedule, photos...
- Muddy Waters Bio
Muddy Waters put the Delta behind him forever and oved to Chicago in 1943 and never looked back...Muddy's Blues club was a regular hangout for the young Buddy Guy, and Muddy was one of Buddy's early mentors.