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Blues Singer (2003)

Artist: Buddy Guy
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Format: CD
Sku: 60602702
UPC: 012414184320
UPC 14: 00012414184320
Release Date: 6/3/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Hard Time Killing Floor ~ Buddy Guy
2. Crawlin' Kingsnake - (featuring Eric Clapton/B.B. King) ~ Buddy Guy
3. Lucy Mae Blues - (featuring Eric Clapton) ~ Buddy Guy
4. Can't See Baby ~ Buddy Guy
5. I Live The Life I Love ~ Buddy Guy
6. Louise McGhee ~ Buddy Guy
7. Moanin' And Groanin' ~ Buddy Guy
8. Black Cat Blues ~ Buddy Guy
9. Bad Life Blues ~ Buddy Guy
10. Sally Mae ~ Buddy Guy
11. Anna Lee ~ Buddy Guy
12. Lonesome Home Blues ~ Buddy Guy
 
Reminiscent of the classic blues album Folksinger by Muddy Waters, Blues Singer is pure blues from one of the most gifted living musicians. Buddy Guy takes this opportunity to interpret some classic blues songs from artists like John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Skip James and Jack Owens. Eric Clapton and B.B. King accompany Guy with guitar solos on the track "Crawlin' Kingsnake." Clapton is also featured on the track "Lucy Mae Blues." Blues Singer comes on the heels of Buddy's most critically acclaimed CD to date, Sweet Tea (2001).

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Buddy Guy (vocals, guitar); B.B. King, Eric Clapton, James "Jimbo" Mathus (guitar); Tony Garnier (upright bass); Jim Keltner (drums); The Perrys (sound effects).
Muze PNote Recorded at Sweet Tea, Oxford, Mississippi.
Muze PNote BLUES SINGER won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.
Muze PNote Personnel: Buddy Guy (vocals, guitar); Jimbo "Hambone" Mathus (guitar, slide guitar); Eric Clapton, B.B. King (guitar); Tony Garnier (upright bass); Jim Keltner (drums); The Perrys (hand claps).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Ed Cherney .
Muze PNote Recording information: Sweet Tea, Oxford, MS.
Muze PNote Illustrator: Jon Langford .
Muze PNote Photographer: Clay Jones.
Muze PNote Going beyond the stripped-down arrangements of 2001's SWEET TEA, Buddy Guy picks up an acoustic guitar to cut a record that comes across as an off-the-cuff homage to mentor Muddy Waters, whose similar 1963 outing FOLK SINGER featured Guy's guitar work. From the minute this Mississippi native affects a falsetto on Skip James's "Hard Time Killing Floor," neck hairs remain standing on end for the better part of BLUES SINGER.
Muze PNote The remainder of these dozen carefully selected tracks find the blues legend rifling through the canons of favorites like Robert Nighthawk (a loping "Anna Lee"), Willie Dixon (the brash "I Live the Life I Love"), and Johnny Shines (a spirited "Moanin' and Groanin'"). Eric Clapton joins in for a tasty take on Frankie Sims' "Lucy Mae Blues" and B.B. King makes three for an acoustic blues summit on John Lee Hooker's seminal "Crawlin' Kingsnake." Though far from the raucous outings fans have come to expect, this collection of acoustic blues is a creative success and yet another stellar addition to Guy's already impressive discography.

Producer: Dennis Herring

Engineer: Ed Cherney; Andy Hunt; Colby Devereux; Dawn Palladino; Jacquire King

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist B.B. King
Muze Guest Artist Eric Clapton
Muze Guest Artist Jim Keltner

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Best Of Chicago Blues
Muze Music Compilations Jason's Lyric
Muze Music Compilations Blind Pig 20th Anniversary Col
Muze Music Compilations Frett'n The Blues Best Of The
Muze Music Compilations Route 50-Driving New Roots For
Muze Music Compilations Pure Blues
Muze Music Compilations Deluxe Edition (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations It`ll Come To You
Muze Music Compilations 20th Century Masters Best Of
Muze Music Compilations Best Blues Album In The World.
Muze Music Compilations Blues Summit
Muze Music Compilations Lightning In A Bottle
Muze Music Compilations Chess Blues
Muze Music Compilations Chess Blues Classics 1957-67
Muze Music Compilations Vanguard Blues Sampler
Muze Music Compilations Les Paul & Friends
Muze Music Compilations Gold:blues
Muze Music Compilations Force Of Nature
Muze Music Compilations Last Man Standing
Muze Music Compilations Blind Pig Records 30th Anniversary Co(w/ Bonus DVD)
Muze Music Compilations Rough Guide To The Blues
Muze Music Compilations Goin Home:tribute To Fats Domingo
Muze Music Compilations Lost Blues Tapes
Muze Music Compilations Shine A Light (Original Soundtrack)(Deluxe Edition)(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Shine A Light (Original Soundtrack)
Muze Music Compilations World's Greatest Blues:live
Muze Music Compilations Cadillac Records (Music From The Motion Picture) ( Deluxe Version)
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniv Rock Roll Hall Of Fame C
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniv Rock Roll Hall Of Fame C
Muze Music Compilations Alligator Records 40Th Anniversary Co
Muze Music Compilations Big Boss Men A Chicago Blues Collecti
Muze Music Compilations Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013
Muze Music Compilations Block Music (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations All Time Greatest Blues Songs
Muze Music Compilations Crucial Acoustic Blues
Muze Music Compilations Rolling Stones:as Performed By
Muze Music Compilations My Lady Don't Love My Lady
Muze Music Compilations Block Music (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations Very Best Of Peter Green/splinter Gro

Associated Artists and Works

Five Long Years ~ Boyd, Eddie
Brown, Clarence "Gatemouth"
Clapton, Eric
Blues Summit ~ King, B. B.
Blues Summit ~ King, B.B.
Blues Summit ~ King, B.B.
Magic Sam
Mance, Junior
Original Soundtrack
Ra, Sun
Rush, Otis
Smith, G.E.
Live: The Real Deal ~ Smith, G.E.
Spann, Otis
Sun Ra
Alone & Acoustic ~ Wells, Junior
Live at the Mystery Club [Remaster] ~ Wells, Junior
Hoodoo Man Blues [Digipak] ~ Wells, Junior
Last Time Around: Live at Legends ~ Wells, Junior

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/03/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 41843
Music Label Name Label : Jive (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00012414184320

Professional Reviews

Uncut (11/03, p.107)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Guy sounds simply magnificent, whether he's high and haunting on 'Hard Time Killing Floor' or deep and sonorous on 'Crawlin' King Snake'..."

Living Blues (11/03, p.69)
- "...He doesn't need anyone's help to make this disc a masterpiece - he takes care of that on his own..."

Rolling Stone 5 of 10
In 2001, producer dennis herring got an exceptional record out of Chicago blues survivor Buddy Guy by introducing him to the crude, inspired songs of Mississippi's Fat Possum posse. Unfortunately, this attempt to revamp the concept with an acoustic album of modestly obscure Delta classics abjures the novelty, power and vulgarity that put Herring's earlier brainstorm over the top. Guy is a strong singer and ace guitarist well suited to revive Son House and Frankie Lee Sims. The Eric Clapton and B.B. King cameos here are fine in theory -- as is the light rhythm section on some cuts and Guy's Skip James falsetto. But in the end this is a roots tribute done in by its own piety. - Robert Christgau
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