Sunday, July 27, 2008

Buddy Guy – Skin Deep

Founder of Chicago’s legendary Chess Records, Leonard Chess, once called Buddy Guy’s live guitar shows as “motherfucking noise.” Years later, as Buddy Guy was touring England and leaving lasting impressions on young rockers Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, and the Rolling Stones, Chess would regret not releasing any of Buddy Guy’s ‘noise.’ According to Guy, after he left Chess Records for the prestigious Vanguard label, Leonard Chess told him “...that’s the shit you’ve been trying to sell me for the last 12 years, and now it’s sellin' like hotcakes!"

Buddy Guy’s music has been covered by the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayall, and many others. His live concerts were full of raw energy with Guy leaping off stacks of amplifiers, playing his guitar with his feet or teeth, or with his guitar behind his back. His stage antics and piercing, note-bending guitar playing were a major influence on Jimi Hendrix.

Skin Deep is the latest from Buddy Guy and is the first in his long career to be composed entirely of original material. Joining Buddy on this outing are some outstanding artists. Robert Randolph adds his funky, soulful pedal steel guitar on the stripped down “Out in the Woods” and “Hammer and Nail.” Susan Tedeschi counts Buddy Guy as a powerful influence on her own guitar playing and she contributes both guitar and her amazing, powerful vocals on “Too Many Tears.” Derek Trucks joins in the album’s moving title cut and Eric Clapton pairs up with Buddy on “Every Time I Sing the Blues.”

After fifty years of playing wild, monstrous guitar, Buddy Guy is still the master. Skin Deep has all of the raw energy of Buddy’s live concerts with just a bit of polish from the studio setting. If only Leonard Chess could have realized that Buddy Guy’s ‘noise’ was still “selling like hotcakes” nearly half a century later.

Steaming Audio from Buddy Guy - Skin Deep:
Bubby Guy – Every Time I Sing the Blues with Eric Clapton

Buddy Guy – Skin Deep with Derek Trucks

Buddy Guy – Best Damn Fool

Artist: Buddy Guy
Artist Website:
Title: Skin Deep
Label: Zomba/Silvertone
Release Date: July 22, 2008
Available for: purchase or download from:, Borders, Barnes & Noble, Plan 9 Music, and your friendly local record store.

Buddy Guy – Skin Deep (video)


Anonymous dan said...

Buddy was recently in our area, and when he did his cover of "Mustang Sally", he almost tore the roof off the place. Personally, I prefer the ballads, like "Skin Deep". They reek with soul, and that's what this Guy's all about. Nice post, Ed!

July 31, 2008 7:34 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Dan, There are few things as powerful as Buddy Guy live.

August 01, 2008 5:42 AM  
Blogger Jim H. said...

Circa 1980. Smoky bar in south Minneapolis. Buddy Guy and his band. Best live blues concert/show I've ever seen. Special guest: Albert Collins. Wow.

August 04, 2008 2:58 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Jim H. - Wow!, indeed.

August 05, 2008 3:40 PM  

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