Buddy Guy – Born to Play Guitar

buddy guy born to play guitarIt seems like our music legends are leaving us one by one. With Whitney Houston, B.B. King, Michael Jackson, Percy Sledge and Ben E. King all dying over the last couple of years the cupboard becomes a lot more bare in regards to our music history. One who is still with us is electric blues guitar legend Buddy Guy. Not only is he still here but continues to tour and record. His latest album is the aptly named Born to Play Guitar. Despite being seventy-nine years old he continues to sing and play with the passion and skill he has always had. You just have to listen to the title track to realize that. He has lived every word of the songs including those he did not write (only four tracks were penned by Buddy Guy). There is a lovely tribute, sung with Van Morrison, to B.B. King called “Flesh and Blood” that really demonstrates how close the two were. Not stopping there with the tributes he also has a track related to his mentor Muddy Waters called “Come Back Muddy”. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Joss Stone also make appearances. Blues music does not have the commercial clout it did when Buddy Guy started yet an album of this calibre will find its audience and make its mark. This is his seventy-fourth album and it seems like music still runs deep in his veins.

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