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Classic Album Review: Buddy Guy | Blues Singer

The beloved blues singer-guitarist picks up where his 2001 album Sweet Tea left off.


This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):



WHERE IS HE FROM? Singer-guitarist Buddy Guy was born in the Deep South and makes his home in Chicago, but is beloved around the world — kinda like the blues itself.

HOW DOES THIS SOUND? Like the natch’l blues. The 12-cut Blues Singer picks up where 2001’s Sweet Tea left off, with Guy getting back to basics on a set of underproduced, old-school blues classics. This time, the emphasis is on acoustic playing, with Buddy and a blues who’s who of cronies — including B.B. King and some British bloke named Eric Clapton — turning in haunting, hypnotic versions of oldies by John Lee Hooker (Crawlin’ Kingsnake), Skip James (Hard Time Killing Floor) and Willie Dixon (I Love the Life I Live). The blues don’t get much more authentic than this.


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