Blues Singer

Blues Singer

by Buddy GuyBuddy Guy


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After the full-powered displays on recordings like the recent Sweet Tea and Heavy Love, Buddy Guy has returned to the fold with the acoustic-based Blues Singer, the title being a reference to the similarly unplugged 1963 Muddy Waters release Folk Singer, on which Guy played guitar. Blues Singer finds the Louisiana native at his most natural. On the blues standard “Hard Time Killing Floor,” Guy’s guitar and vocals (which range from a deep hum to a pain-filled falsetto) reflect the call-and-response of a gospel hymn. He covers the John Lee Hooker standard “Crawlin’ Kingsnake” with the help of guitarists B. B. King and Eric Clapton, bassist Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan and Asleep at the Wheel), and the versatile drummer Jim Keltner. Clapton stays around for a swinging version of “Lucy Mae Blues,” and guitarist James “Jimbo” Mathus of the Squirrel Nut Zippers also plays on some tunes, but the focus never strays from Guy’s organic connection to acoustic blues. On “Can’t See Baby,” Guy’s playing is simple and folk-like, but his vocals cry across the decades from the time when the blues was nothing but a field holler. Guy recalls Muddy Waters’s early sessions with a band on “I Live the Life I Love,” “Moanin’ and Groanin’,” and “Anna Lee” but returns to the earthy arena of Mississippi Delta blues for “Louise McGhee,” “Black Cat Blues,” and “Sally Mae.” Throughout, Guy’s guitar playing is low key but never loses the sting of the blues. And his vocals, though melodic and sometimes even sweet, still carry the pungency of a life that began in poverty and oppression. On the album closer, “Lonesome Home Blues,” Guy sings, “Goin’ back home fall down on my knees.” The humility inherent in this line about returning to a place left behind infuses the entirety of the set, making Blues Singer Guy’s most honest -- and satisfying -- endeavor in more than a decade.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/21/2003
Label: Sony Import
UPC: 0828765346825
catalogNumber: 6534682
Rank: 30105


  1. Hard Time Killing Floor
  2. Crawlin' Kingsnake @@B.B. King & Eric Clapton
  3. Lucy Mae Blues @@Eric Clapton
  4. Can't See Baby
  5. I Live The Life I Love
  6. Louise McGhee
  7. Moanin' And Groanin'
  8. Black Cat Blues
  9. Bad Life Blues
  10. Sally Mae
  11. Anna Lee
  12. Lonesome Home Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buddy Guy   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Tony Garnier   Upright Bass
B.B. King   Guitar
Jimbo "Hambone" Mathus   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Perrys   Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping

Technical Credits

Ed Cherney   Engineer
Dennis Herring   Producer
Lightnin' Hopkins   Composer
Elmore James   Composer
Jon Langford   Illustrations
Marshall Sehorn   Composer
Nick Gamma   Art Direction
Jacquire King   Engineer
Colby Devereux   Engineer
Andy Hunt   Engineer
Dawn Palladino   Engineer

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