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Editors’ Notes

As one of the finest blues guitarists alive, and with a storied career spanning more than 50 years, Buddy Guy has nothing left to prove. Yet he still plays like he does. For evidence, check out the aggressive, blistering solos on “74 Years Young,” “Thank Me Someday,” “Too Soon,” or the instrumental “Skanky.” Damn! His tone is as nasty and gritty as ever and his voice grows more soulful with age. There are also some good autobiographical lyrics filled with bravado, humor, and wisdom. Backed by an ace band that includes guitarist David Grissom and former Double Trouble keyboardist Reese Wynans, Guy lays into these songs with vigor and conviction. The duets with B.B. King (“Stay Around a Little Longer”) and Carlos Santana (“Where the Blues Begins”) are fine but Guy truly shines on his own here. With the exceptions of the contemplative “Everybody’s Got to Go” and the song with B.B. he keeps things rollicking throughout. This is arguably his best album of the past decade. Living Proof indeed.

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Buddy is like fine wine, keeps getting better with age

I have been turned on to BG for about 30 years or so, way before “Damn Right I Got The Blues”. Very few musicians play with more intense fury, a flamethrower of urgency, passion and guitar pyrotechnics. Even fewer get more intense with age. I can't help to shiver and shudder with I hear those wild, jaw dropping deep deep bends that only BG can pull off. Can't wait to see what he does @ 84! Understand that Living Proof is part the evolution of BG. I expected no less than to be amazed and wonderfully stunned. This recording experience is well worth the cost at almost any price, the only thing better is to see him live. Which if you have or do, you will never be the same. Listening to this I know that “class is in session.” Long Live the Blues and Long Live BG! J

Fantastic

Well, I'm not 74 years young, somewhere closer to 16. I know I can't really relate to any of this music, but I love it. Music, especially blues, is all about soul. Sure, I play the oldies, but I play 'em with feeling. Buddy's still got his feeling. He hasn't let up on anything, in soul and talent. A truly great album from a truly great guitarist.

74 years young and still taking everyone to school.

You can feel every ounce of Buddy's 74 years of experience on this record. Absolutely killing it on this one! I smell a Grammy. Thanks, Buddy.

Biography

Born: July 30, 1936 in Lettsworth, LA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Buddy Guy is one of the most celebrated blues guitarists of his generation (and arguably the most celebrated), possessing a sound and style that embodied the traditions of classic Chicago blues while also embracing the fire and flash of rock & roll. Guy spent much of his career as a well-regarded journeymen, cited as a modern master by contemporary blues fans but not breaking through to a larger audience, before he finally caught the brass ring in the 1990s and released a series of albums that...
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Living Proof, Buddy Guy
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Electric Blues, Chicago Blues, Rock
  • Released: Oct 26, 2010

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