Blues Singer

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
After the full-powered displays on recordings like the recent Sweet Tea and Heavy Love, Buddy Guy has returned to the fold with the acoustic-based Blues Singer, the title being a reference to the similarly unplugged 1963 Muddy Waters release Folk Singer, on which Guy played guitar. Blues Singer finds the Louisiana native at his most natural. On the blues standard “Hard Time Killing Floor,” Guy’s guitar and vocals (which range from a deep hum to a pain-filled falsetto) reflect the call-and-response of a gospel hymn. He covers the John Lee Hooker standard “Crawlin’ Kingsnake” with the help of guitarists B. B. King and Eric Clapton, bassist Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan and...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
After the full-powered displays on recordings like the recent Sweet Tea and Heavy Love, Buddy Guy has returned to the fold with the acoustic-based Blues Singer, the title being a reference to the similarly unplugged 1963 Muddy Waters release Folk Singer, on which Guy played guitar. Blues Singer finds the Louisiana native at his most natural. On the blues standard “Hard Time Killing Floor,” Guy’s guitar and vocals (which range from a deep hum to a pain-filled falsetto) reflect the call-and-response of a gospel hymn. He covers the John Lee Hooker standard “Crawlin’ Kingsnake” with the help of guitarists B. B. King and Eric Clapton, bassist Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan and Asleep at the Wheel), and the versatile drummer Jim Keltner. Clapton stays around for a swinging version of “Lucy Mae Blues,” and guitarist James “Jimbo” Mathus of the Squirrel Nut Zippers also plays on some tunes, but the focus never strays from Guy’s organic connection to acoustic blues. On “Can’t See Baby,” Guy’s playing is simple and folk-like, but his vocals cry across the decades from the time when the blues was nothing but a field holler. Guy recalls Muddy Waters’s early sessions with a band on “I Live the Life I Love,” “Moanin’ and Groanin’,” and “Anna Lee” but returns to the earthy arena of Mississippi Delta blues for “Louise McGhee,” “Black Cat Blues,” and “Sally Mae.” Throughout, Guy’s guitar playing is low key but never loses the sting of the blues. And his vocals, though melodic and sometimes even sweet, still carry the pungency of a life that began in poverty and oppression. On the album closer, “Lonesome Home Blues,” Guy sings, “Goin’ back home fall down on my knees.” The humility inherent in this line about returning to a place left behind infuses the entirety of the set, making Blues Singer Guy’s most honest -- and satisfying -- endeavor in more than a decade.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Arriving after the unexpected blast of raw energy that was 2001's Sweet Tea, 2003's Blues Singer could idealistically be seen as the acoustic flip side of that high-voltage, raw electric blues. Like Sweet Tea, Blues Singer is supposed to exist deep down within the Delta blues tradition, only finding Buddy Guy armed with an acoustic guitar and the occasional minimal accompaniment; it's even recorded at the same Mississippi studio that gave its name to the 2001 platter and is helmed by the same producer, Dennis Herring. Where Sweet Tea was filled with unpredictable song choices, however, this plays it safe, hauling out such familiar items as "Hard Time Killing Floor," "Crawlin' Kingsnake," "I Love the Life I Live," and "Sally Mae." And while this retains Jimbo Mathus on guitar, when other musicians pop up, it's not the lively Fat Possum crew, it's studio pros like Jim Keltner, or guest shots by superstars Eric Clapton and B.B. King.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/21/2003
  • Label: Sony Import
  • UPC: 828765346825
  • Catalog Number: 6534682
  • Sales rank: 59,607

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hard Time Killing Floor
  2. 2 Crawlin' Kingsnake @@B.B. King & Eric Clapton
  3. 3 Lucy Mae Blues @@Eric Clapton
  4. 4 Can't See Baby
  5. 5 I Live The Life I Love
  6. 6 Louise McGhee
  7. 7 Moanin' And Groanin'
  8. 8 Black Cat Blues
  9. 9 Bad Life Blues
  10. 10 Sally Mae
  11. 11 Anna Lee
  12. 12 Lonesome Home Blues
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buddy Guy Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Eric Clapton Guitar
Tony Garnier Upright Bass
B.B. King Guitar
Jimbo "Hambone" Mathus Guitar, Slide Guitar
The Perrys Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Technical Credits
Ed Cherney Engineer
Dennis Herring Producer
Lightnin' Hopkins Composer
Elmore James Composer
Jon Langford Illustrations
Doug Sax Mastering
Marshall Sehorn Composer
Nick Gamma Art Direction
Jacquire King Engineer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Colby Devereux Engineer
Andy Hunt Engineer
Dawn Palladino Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful album!!!

    One of the best blues collection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buddy Guy - Acoustic Excellence!

    It's with a good degree of amusement I read the critic's review of this CD. In some ways it typifies the no-win situation of Buddy Guy's recording career. When he stays with his dynamic inherent Chicago Blues format, he's accused of not pushing the boundaries of his talent. When he makes a stellar effort at breaking out of this mode, he's dismissed at working out of his element. How unfortunate, especially for the Blues fan who might put too much weight in the professional critics and risk missing an excellent album by Buddy Guy. Coming off the success of Sweet Tea's acoustic 'Done Got Old', Buddy has devoted Blues Singer to the unplugged format joined on a pair of songs by Eric Clapton and B.B. King (That's right, B.B. King on acoustic!). The song list is impressive where Buddy interprets the standards of Delta Blues legends. For those used to hearing these standards as scratchy 78's you're in for a pleasant surprise as Buddy Guy expresses the soulful lyrics through voice and guitar. Rather than provide my impressions song by song, I'll instead point out Crawlin' King Snake and Black Cat Blues as two of the gems. Take the time to listen to the samples. If you're moved by these, you'll be completely embraced by the album.

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