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Buddy Guy
"Rhythm And Blues"

© RCA/Silvertone Records

Year of Release: 2013

track listing
Disc One: Rhythm
  • Best In Town
  • Justifyin'
  • I Go By Feel
  • Messin' With The Kid
  • What's Up With
    That Woman
  • One Day Away
  • Well I Done Got Over It
  • What You Gonna Do
    About Me
  • The Devil's Daughter
  • Whiskey Ghost
  • Rhythm Inner Groove
    Disc Two: Blues
  • Meet Me In Chicago
  • Too Damn Bad
  • Evil Twin
  • I Could Die Happy
  • Never Gonna Change
  • All That Makes Me
    Happy Is The Blues
  • My Mama Loved Me
  • Blues Don't Care
  • I Came Up Hard
  • Poison Ivy

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    "Rhythm And Blues"

    Buddy Guy turned 78 years old on July 30, 2014, and how appropriate, one of his #1 Blues albums gets the nod for our Album Pick of the Week: His 2013 release, Rhythm And Blues, a 2-disc set. The first disc is labeled "Rhythm" and the second disc "Blues." He is still cranking out great music, no matter how old he gets. Rhythm And Blues marks Buddy Guy's debut as WSVNRadio's Album Pick of the Week.

    Disc One: Rhythm

    "Best In Town" kicks off the album, as it has the Rock/Blues feel. "Justifyin'" has more of a harder rock blues, like in Kenny Wayne shepherd's music. Great, Soulful Blues has "I Go By Feel." "Messin' With The Kid" is a remake of the Junior Wells tune (which Buddy had played with in his beginning years as a Blues artist, from 1965-1967). An awesome blues tune, Kid Rock helps out Buddy on this remake. The Blues Brothers also covered this song on their debut album, Briefcase With The Blues.

    "What's Up With That Woman" keeps the Rock and Blues approach moving, with singing Blues, and talkin' Blues. Country artist Keith Urban gets the lead vocal on "One Day Away." It has a more Rock rhythm (as the first disc states). And with today's Country sound, this song could fit on Country stations and playlists. Jonny Lang's Blues comes to mind on the next track, "Well I Done Got Over It" - a cool, bouncy Blues track.

    Beth Hart (who had worked with Joe Bonmassa) helps out on "What You Gonna Do About Me," another great groovin' and moving' blues number. "The Devil's Daughter" has a moody and mysterious blues atmosphere. "Whiskey Ghost" is another Cool Blues, as in Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and/or Stevie Ray Vaughan. (SRV's "Cold Shot") "Rhythm Inner Groove" is only 35 seconds, good for an intro or bumper for various radio and tv shows.

    Disc Two: Blues

    "Meet Me In Chicago" is Rock and Blues. "Too Damn Bad" is, like the second disc states... BLUES. On that notion, slow, moving BLUES on "Evil Twin" (with members of Aerosmith -- Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford). "I Could Die Happy" has a Delta Blues cool style. Stevie Ray Vaughn said, "There would be no Stevie Ray Vaughan, if there was no Buddy Guy." "Never Gonna Change" could easily be a track SRV did. It resembles his "Look At Little Sister." Speaking of another great Blues artist, B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone" compares to "All That Makes Me Happy Is The Blues." Muddy Waters' Blues ("Hoochie Coochie Man") on "My Mama Loved Me." (Buddy was fortunate to be a session artist for Muddy Waters, when he was recording for Chess Records, and Buddy would be a huge influence on Muddy Waters.)

    "Blues Don't Care" kicks in greatly, as The Doors' "Roadhouse Blues." Gary Clark Jr. adds his help on this one. (If The Doors did an all-Blues album, I could hear them playing songs like this one.) Stevie Ray Vaughan-ish "I Came Up Hard" -- great Rockin' Blues. Closing out the album is "Poison Ivy." This one is upbeat, snappy, almost more of a track that sounds like from the 1950s.

    Rhythm (Disc One) and Blues (Disc Two) -- Easily put. The first disc does contain Blues tracks, but I guess they fit more of a Rhythm than that of the typical Blues. In my own opinion, some of the tracks are that of the Blues, the others have a Rock mix. The second disc easily fits it's label name of the BLUES. Which disc is better? That's really a hard one to answer, yet we look at what Buddy Guy is famous for -- THE BLUES. So, if I really had to decide, most likely it would be the second disc. Yet, the entire album is a great collection of Buddy Guy's incredible music. It's Rock, It's Blues, It's Rockin' Blues. It's GREAT MuSIC. It's BUDDY GUY.

    If you've seen the movie Cadillac Ranch, there is a reason why Buddy Guy was not in the movie. Buddy recorded with Chess from 1959 to 1968, as a seesion artist with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Koko Taylor, and others. Leonard Chess, owner of Chess Records, refused to record Buddy on his own, saying his playing was "noise." It wasn't until the late 1980s and 1990s when his career took off, thanks to Eric Clapton. Clapton requested that Buddy Guy play as part of the "24 Nights" all-star guitar lineup, at London's Royal Albert Hall (1990/1991).

    It is just amazing that Buddy Guy has been around, since 1965. Although he didn't get his recognition until later in life, he proved it greatly, but classifying himself as a Blues Legend. His blues club, Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago, is still an attraction site. Not just himself playing there, but for other well-known and up-and-coming blues performers playing there. I'm sure if anyone that has had the chance the play at Buddy Guy's Legends, it is an honor for them, to say that they played in a blues legend's bar.

    And that Blues Legend is, BUDDY GUY.

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