Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, and Band of Gypsys and Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Billy Cox will anchor the 2016 Experience Hendrix tour, a 27-date U.S. trek featuring a variety of all-star musicians paying tribute to the late, great guitarist. Get all the dates here.
‘BORN TO PLAY GUITAR’
GUY SCORES FIFTH #1 BLUES ALBUM
CHOSEN FOR THREE 2015 LIVING BLUES AWARDS READERS’ POLL INCLUDING BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR (MALE) AND
MOST OUTSTANDING BLUES SINGER
“He sings and solos with reliable ferocity” – Rolling Stone
“‘Born To Play Guitar’ truly is a gem, boasting plenty of highlights that begin with the title track and it’s nothing short of a masterpiece.” – Glide Magazine
“Buddy Guy delivers a set of classic blues tracks on his latest release. If it doesn’t already, the world should know by now that Buddy Guy was born to play the guitar.” – Blues Rock Review
(New York, NY – August 10, 2015) – Legendary blues icon and six-time Grammy Award winning artist BUDDY GUY claims the #1 spot this week on Billboard’s Top Blues Album charts with his latest masterpiece Born To Play Guitar, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Released July 31st on Silvertone/RCA Records, Born To Play Guitar marks Guy’s fifth #1 album on Billboard’s Top Blues chart and twelfth Top 10 Billboard Blues album. Since its release, the album peaked at #1 on the overall Amazon music chart and remains #1 on the iTunes Blues Albums chart. Internationally, Born To Play Guitar debuts at #1 on the Australian ARIA Jazz & Blues Album chart and remains Top 5 on iTunes Blues Album charts in UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Portugal and more!
The follow-up to his spectacular 2013 #1 Billboard Blues album Rhythm and Blues, Born To Play Guitar has brought Guy back to the top of the charts while receiving critical praise from media and fans alike. Rolling Stone cites “he sings and solos with reliable ferocity” while Glide Magazine gave the album 9 out of 10 stars and states “Guy’s seasoned voice and tasty licks on his ’57 Stratocaster would satisfy any and all fans of his music and the genre itself.” The Journal Star proclaims that Guy “delivered a fresh, fully alive album that keeps the blues alive and shows he remains the best at it,” while Rambles.net declares “At 79, he generates more heat and energy than players half his age and, instead of being content to rest on his well-earned reputation, continues to lead the way toward the future of the blues, even as he keeps the past fresh and vibrant.”
Guy was recently chosen for three 2015 Living Blues Awards Readers’ Poll – Blues Artist of the Year (Male), Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar) and Most Outstanding Blues Singer.
Produced by Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter Tom Hambridge, Born To Play Guitar captures Guy keeping the blues alive and features collaborations with Van Morrison, Joss Stone, Kim Wilson and Billy Gibbons. Guy is joined by Morrison on the heartfelt “Flesh and Bone,” a tribute to B.B. King. On “Come Back Muddy,” Guy looks back on the good ole days with his close friend Muddy Waters.
The recent recipient of the 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Buddy Guy’s incredible career spans over 50 years with just as many albums released. Career highlights include 6 Grammy Awards, 35 Blues Music Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, NARM Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement, Billboard Music Awards’ Century Award for distinguished artistic development, Presidential National Medal of Arts, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to name a few.
Buddy talks about the state of the Blues then and now in the final installment of his Vevo interview. Check it out below.