Blues Singer CD (2003)

Artist: Buddy Guy

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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).


Label Jive Records
SKU 60602702
UPC 012414184320
UPC 14 00012414184320
Format CD
Release Date 6/3/2003
Author Buddy Guy
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Compilation Appearance Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013
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Compilation Appearance Big City Blues
Associated Artist/Work Boyd, Eddie
Associated Artist/Work Brown, Clarence "Gatemouth"
Associated Artist/Work Clapton, Eric
Technical Info
Engineer Ed Cherney; Andy Hunt; Colby Devereux; Dawn Palladino; Jacquire King
Producer Dennis Herring
CatalogID 41843
Lable Name Jive (USA)
Released 06/03/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00012414184320
Musical Guests
B.B. King
Eric Clapton
Jim Keltner
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Recorded at Sweet Tea, Oxford, Mississippi.
BLUES SINGER won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.
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).
Audio Mixer: Ed Cherney .
Recording information: Sweet Tea, Oxford, MS.
Illustrator: Jon Langford .
Photographer: Clay Jones.
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.
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.
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..."
Disc 1
1 Hard Time Killing Floor
2 Crawlin' Kingsnake - (featuring Eric Clapton/B.B. King)
3 Lucy Mae Blues - (featuring Eric Clapton)
4 Can't See Baby
5 I Live The Life I Love
6 Louise McGhee
7 Moanin' And Groanin'
8 Black Cat Blues
9 Bad Life Blues
10 Sally Mae
11 Anna Lee
12 Lonesome Home Blues
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review 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.
Reviewer Robert Christgau
ReviewRating 5
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