15 Songs, 1 Hour 10 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Skin Deep is no concept album, but Buddy Guy says the overall tone collectively conveys that under our skin, we're all the same. Keeping with that theme, he invited a diverse amalgam of guests who all bring something of equal value to the party. Willie Mitchell and Memphis Horns help open with "Best Damn Fool," giving it a smoky Tennessee flavor before Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi lend some slide guitar and sultry singing (respectively) on "Too Many Tears." Eric Clapton cameos on "Everytime I Sing The Blues," letting his tasteful leads do most of the singing, but also chiming in on a few vocal harmonies. Robert Randolph's playing on "Out In The Woods" makes for an especially cool collaboration with his deep rooted Delta grit. Yet despite all the guests, Skin Deep is clearly Guy's party and he holds it down. His 62nd album is the very first one with all original material. It also happens to be the first time Guy has ever co-produced his own songs, and the recording value here is great. Big, clean Nashville production goes head-to-head with Guy's greasy, sweaty, swampy, soulful blues guitar to make for a perfect contrast.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Skin Deep is no concept album, but Buddy Guy says the overall tone collectively conveys that under our skin, we're all the same. Keeping with that theme, he invited a diverse amalgam of guests who all bring something of equal value to the party. Willie Mitchell and Memphis Horns help open with "Best Damn Fool," giving it a smoky Tennessee flavor before Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi lend some slide guitar and sultry singing (respectively) on "Too Many Tears." Eric Clapton cameos on "Everytime I Sing The Blues," letting his tasteful leads do most of the singing, but also chiming in on a few vocal harmonies. Robert Randolph's playing on "Out In The Woods" makes for an especially cool collaboration with his deep rooted Delta grit. Yet despite all the guests, Skin Deep is clearly Guy's party and he holds it down. His 62nd album is the very first one with all original material. It also happens to be the first time Guy has ever co-produced his own songs, and the recording value here is great. Big, clean Nashville production goes head-to-head with Guy's greasy, sweaty, swampy, soulful blues guitar to make for a perfect contrast.

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About Buddy Guy

Keith Richards called him the godfather. Eric Clapton likened his impact to Elvis’. And Hendrix reportedly said that heaven was lying at his feet while listening to him play. But Buddy Guy tends to weigh himself a little more modestly: “Music makes people happy,” he said. “And that’s why I go on doing it.” The Louisiana-born guitarist got his footing as a session man with Chicago’s Chess Records. In the years to follow, he synthesized the traditions of Delta blues with a fierce, theatrically modern style, embracing volume and distortion before they were vernacular, sometimes playing with his teeth and feet and using an extra-long cable to wander through the crowd and onto the street, soloing the whole way. As beloved as he is as a player, Guy also serves as an ambassadorial figure, bridging the gap between his generation of collaborators—which includes B.B. King and Junior Wells—and later ones, working first with British blues acolytes like Jeff Beck and The Rolling Stones, then with artists like John Mayer. A sharp wit, Guy sums up his trajectory: “When I went to Chicago, I'll put it like this: I was looking for a dime and I found a quarter.”

HOMETOWN
Lettsworth, LA
GENRE
Blues
BORN
July 30, 1936

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