Skin Deep

Skin Deep

by Buddy Guy

CD(German Import)

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Skin Deep

It's hard to say that Buddy Guy's career was revived by his appearance in the Rolling Stones' Shine a Light, but his mesmerizing duet on Muddy Waters' "Champagne and Reefer" in that Martin Scorsese concert film was a bracing, welcome reminder of just how good Guy is, especially for listeners who may have let their attention wander in the years since Damn Right, I've Got the Blues. What made Guy so riveting was his coiled aggression: in stark contrast to the deferential Jack White, he came to cut the Stones down and he did so mercilessly, which made it the musical highlight of a show with plenty of great moments. That wildness has kept Buddy Guy unpredictable well into his senior citizenship, and it surfaces on Skin Deep, only perhaps not quite as often as it should. Touted as his first album of original material, Skin Deep does work as an effective showcase for Buddy's most original voice: his wild, gnarly guitar. The production may be crisp and clean but Buddy refuses to play polite, messing up the pristine surfaces with big, nasty, ugly smears of guitar. Even when the record gleams too brightly -- as it does just a little bit too often -- Guy sounds like he's trying to tear things apart from the inside, which lends vigor and energy to numbers that are performed with just a shade too much preciseness. Thankfully, not all of Skin Deep is so clean, as the record opens up with a pair of dynamite collaborations with Robert Randolph -- the stripped-down, swampy Delta blues "Out in the Woods" and the muscular "That's My Home." Guy also gets in a couple of good numbers with Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks -- there's also a duet with Eric Clapton on "Every Time I Sing the Blues," which slides into a too-comfortable slow groove -- and these are the moments when Skin Deep really clicks, as the songs spark and the band truly cooks. Elsewhere, the music slips toward the conventional, but at least it sounds like Guy is trying to reel it back in with that monstrous guitar, which can still sound wondrous. It's kind of fun to hear the accidental tension between Guy's guitar and the slick surfaces, but when he's paired with a band or production that matches his grit, Skin Deep is so good that it's hard not to wish the whole record sounded just like that.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2010
Label: Imports
UPC: 0886973431627
catalogNumber: 912296
Rank: 78572

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buddy Guy   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bonnie Bramlett   Background Vocals
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
David Grissom   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Richie Hayward   Drums
Wendy Moten   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Derek Trucks   Slide Guitar,Guest Appearance
Willie Weeks   Bass,Bass Guitar
Nathan Williams   Accordion
Reese Wynans   Keyboards
Tom Hambridge   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Lannie McMIllian   Tenor Saxophone
Mark Franklin   Trumpet
Susan Tedeschi   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Kirk Smothers   Tenor Saxophone
Quinn Sullivan   Guitar
James L. Spake   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Buddy Guy   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Horn Arrangements
Scott Baggett   Engineer
Tom Hambridge   Producer
Joshua Marc Levy   Art Direction
Cara Bridgins Hutchinson   Producer
Stoker White   Engineer

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Skin Deep 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After seeing Buddy Guy in concert recently in Hollywood, Florida, I was eager to buy any CD he had out there. Lucky for me Skin Deep was out there and his latest CD out. As Buddy said himself, his kind of Blues isn't what you'll hear on the radio. He's the real deal! I appreciate his work with Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks on this album. One song "Who will fill those shoes" featured a young man, Quinn Sullivan on guitar. Maybe it's just me but is Quinn that good that he already sounds like a seasoned Blues guitar player? All I can say is Holy Cow!
Abbeygirl More than 1 year ago
My husband is the Blues fan. He asked me to purchase this on the day it came out. Its a sweet CD. We saw Buddy Guy perform at the Seneca Alleghany Casino in April 09. Well worth the drive, he is a legend. If you dont have this CD already...go, run, buy it!!
JAJZ More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
The help from some stellar guests does not diminish the fact that this is Buddy Guy's cd. As in Shine A Light, when Buddy's front and center the side men are just that. The only difference is that these sidemen are of such a level to enhance the entire song. Derek Trucks slide just rings out on the title track to reinforce Buddy's singing. Bottom line: great playing and emotional signing from a legend. Grab it now.