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Buddy Guy (from the album The Blues Don’t Lie available on RCA Records/Sony) (by Danny McCloskey)
There are lots of numbers as milestones for Buddy Guy on his recent release, The Blues Don’t Lie. The 86-year-old musician celebrates 65 years since his arrival in Chicago from his native Louisiana with The Blues Don’t Lie, his 34th album release. Everything adds up to a fine album that speaks loudly for The Blues. Both past and present Blues, tradition and the future, are alive in the riffs from Buddy Guy’s guitar. His playing erases the need for age to define him, an octogenarian musician tossing out leads on a guitar to make youngbloods stay in their room and practice, practice, practice. Buddy Guy is a beyond a natural, intuition running a few steps behind instinct. The Blues style in Buddy Guy’s blood, body, and mind; and The Blues Don’t Lie.
Friends stop by the studio to record alongside Buddy Guy. A Blues siren blasts when Bobby Rush joins Buddy Guy as the pair lists likes for “What’s Wrong with That” while James Taylor sidles up to the microphone to help “Follow the Money” and Jason Isbell raises his voice with Buddy to condemn senseless violence in “Gunsmoke Blues”. A somber melody cradles the memories of an equally veteran performer when The Blues Don’t Lie welcomes in Mavis Staples to add her experiences to Buddy Guy’s when the pair share “We Go Back”. Memphis songstress Wendy Moten partners with Buddy to host “House Party” while a pounding groove lays a foundation for Elvis Costello and Buddy Guy to list the “Symptoms of Love” over a gnarly beat. Produced by longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge, The Blues Don’t Lie shares cuts from the producer (“Back Door Scratching”, “Rabbit Blood”, “Well Enough Alone”, “Blue Don’t Lie”) as Buddy Guy provides tracks from his peers, covering B.B. King with “Sweet Thing”, and the Blues standard “King Bee”. Buddy Guy adds words to his music with self-penned songs as he shouts out opening track “I Let My Guitar Do the Talking” and plays out a mission statement in “The World Need Love”. (by Danny McCloskey)
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