Buddy Guy: Born To Play Guitar Review

Buddy Guy is one of the last great pioneers of the musical expression that became the blues. His passion to keep churning at the ripe age of 78 is an inspiration to us all. Over the years his style has influenced many to ride in his wake. Buddy has taken his fortune of being brought up through the ranks, and has been passing the torch on to the next generation. He can often be seen at live shows shining the spotlight on young talent brought onstage. His respect for the music and its future is unprecedented, and leaves us wanting more to this day.

Buddy’s new record, Born To Play Guitar, includes a few guest singers including Joss Stone and Van Morrison. Fabulous Thunderbirds’ Kim Wilson is featured on harmonica on “Kiss Me Quick.” The legend also invites Billy Gibbons into the studio for a deep dark growl on “Wear You Out.” From blaring horns on “Thick Like Mississippi Mud” to hallowing mic distortion on “Smarter Than I Was,” the tracks feature signature blues progressions with Buddy’s classic take on the Chicago blues. The album is one long soulful ramble, reminiscing on the days of old and the figures that shaped his career. “Come Back Muddy” and “Flesh & Bone” are direct dedications to Muddy Waters and BB King, two greats whose storied careers have come to a close. “Born To Play Guitar” chronicles Buddy’s life from cradle to present day, and how he got to singing the blues. The track pretty much sums up Buddy’s career, and wraps it in a nice package to cap off the album.

It might seem hard to find new direction after 50 years in the industry. But when you stick to what you know, and you dig into those roots, you’d be amazed what you can pull out. Buddy Guy delivers a set of classic blues tracks on his latest release. If it doesn’t already, the world should know by now that Buddy Guy was born to play the guitar.

The Review: 8.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Whiskey, Beer & Wine
– Wear You Out
– Kiss Me Quick
– Flesh & Bone
– Smarter Than I Was
– Thick Like Mississippi Mud

The Big Hit

– Thick Like Mississippi Mud

Review by Don Tice

Buy the album: Amazon

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