Buddy Guy took home his sixth Grammy statue at the 53rd Annual 2010 Grammy Awards with Living Proof winning the Best Contemporary Blues Album this year. Drummer and producer Tom Hambridge is also the primary co-author of the 12 tracks on this disk.
The core band has David Grissom playing guitar, Reese Wynans providing the keyboard workouts with the B3 organ and clavinet, and Michael Rhodes keeping the pulse on bass on all but two of the selections. Tommy McDonald serves up the bass work on “Key Don’t Fit,” and “Living Proof.”
“Living Proof,” “74 Years Young” and “Thank Me Someday” are very close to a memoir of Guy’s storied blues career. Guy is a blizzard force talent able to play with a marrow piercing ability. Especially on these selections, the nature of blues music first person narrative lyrics strikes you on a visceral and emotional level. The lyrics herein take on a reflective persona.
“On The Road” has Guy zipping along on his 1957 Stratocaster with the famed Memphis Horns adding polished highlights. The result gives this song a rolling flow.
“Stay Around A Little Longer” features Guy’s dear friend and colleague B.B. King who brings his expressive soulful vocals and magical guitar “Lucille.” The call and response nature of the dialogue and lead guitar riffs between these musical titans is quite fun.
Carlos Santana is the featured guitarist on “Where The Blues Begins.” He also adds congas to the tune which provides a nice percussion flourish.
Overall Guy delivers sizzling fret work across the release. Slow guitar rumbles become rolling balls of thunder from this seasoned second generation blues master and adopted son of the famous Chicago blues sound.
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