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Buddy GUY & Junior WELLS – Live at Biddy Mulligan's 1982

Posted in BLUES, Buddy GUY on December 10, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Buddy GUY & Junior WELLS – Live at Biddy Mulligan’s 1982
Radio Broadcast.
Recorded Live At Biddy Mulligan´s Chicago,Nov.13,1982
Thx To Terry *Fatass*


Steve Diessel- Guitar, Vocals
Ike Anderson- Bass
Ray Allison- Drums
Mike Robinson- Guitar
Buddy Guy- Guitar Vocals #3,8
Junior Wells- Harmonica, Vocals #6,8
01. Crosscut Saw (6:42)
02. Buddy’s Shuffle & intro (2:54)
03. One Room Country Shack (7:47)
04. Dust My Broom (4:28)
05. Worry Is All I Can Do (5:50)
06. You Make Me Feel So Good / Jam (18:14)
07. You Got To Love Her With A Feeling (7:43)
08. The Train I Ride (4:18)

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Buddy GUY – Live, The Real Deal With G.E. Smith & The Saturday Night Live Band 2006 (CD and AVI)

Posted in BLUES, Buddy GUY, MOVIES on November 27, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Buddy GUY – Live, The Real Deal With G.E. Smith & The Saturday Night Live Band 2006 (CD and AVI)


Filmed on location at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, Illinois, “Live – The Real Deal” pairs Grammy Award winning blues artist Buddy Guy with G.E. Smith and the Saturday Night Live Band. Some of Guy’s most-loved, classic songs are featured, including “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues,” “My Time After Awhile,” and “I’ve Got News for You”. Joining G.E. Smith are musicians such as Lenny Pickett and Johnny Johnson among others.

The DVD includes the songs “I’ve Got My Eyes On You”, “Sweet Black Angel (Black Angel Blues)”, “Talk To Me Baby”, “My Time After A While”, “I’ve Got News For You”, “Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues”, “First Time I Met The Blues” and “Let Me Love You Baby”.
As close as Buddy Guy’s ever likely to come to recapturing the long-lost Chess sound. Cut live at his popular Chicago nightspot, Buddy Guy’s Legends, with guitarist G.E. Smith’s horn-leavened Saturday Night Live Band and pianist Johnnie Johnson in lush support, Guy revisits his roots on sumptuous readings of “I’ve Got My Eyes on You,” “Ain’t That Lovin’ You,” “My Time After Awhile,” and “First Time I Met the Blues.” No outrageous rock-based solos or Cream/Hendrix/Stevie Ray homages; this is the Buddy Guy album that purists have salivated for the last quarter century or so.
By Bill Dahl, All Music Guide.
Buddy Guy is without a doubt one of the greatest guitar players in the world. This film, which showcases Guy live at his world famous “Legends” takes us on a musical journey. It not only shows us the immensly talented Guy playing with G.E. Smith and the Saturday Night Live band but it also features interview clips in which Guy recalls his early days, his influences as well as his brushes with other bluesmen as Muddy Waters. This film is brilliantly directed and filmed. The most important thing, however, is the music. It does not get any better with fiery blues riffs, solos, his charismatic stage presence and of course the trademark passionate voice of Buddy Guy, and live. A wonderful musical journey with one of the most talented and creative guitar players of our time. Buddy Guy is the epitome of blues greats and he is without a doubt the real deal.
By  Sandeep Joshi.
Buddy Guy- (Guitar);
G.E. Smith- (Guitar);
George Young- (Alto Sax);
Lenny Pickett- (Tenor Sax);
Louis del Gatto, Lew DelGatto- (Baritone Sax);
Ron Tooley- (Trumpet);
Dennis Wilson- (Trombone);
Johnnie Johnson- (Piano);
Leon Pendarvis- (Organ);
Paul Ossola- (Electric Bass);
Shawn Pelton- (Drums).

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Buddy GUY – Living Proof 2010

Posted in BLUES, Buddy GUY on November 26, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Buddy GUY – Living Proof 2010


Drive to Natchez, MS, from Baton Rouge on the most popular route and you’ll miss Lettsworth, LA.  Cross the Mississippi River in Natchez and before you know it, you’ll be in Ferriday, LA; home of Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Howard K. Smith.  Lettsworth is about sixty miles south of Ferriday and a plantation near there is where Buddy Guy was raised.

Probably not many people from Lettsworth have won Grammys — Buddy Guy owns five of them.  He has also won the Blues Music Award twenty-eight times along with many other awards.  He came in at number thirty on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and great stars such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn have credited him with having influenced them.  Not bad for a Louisiana man.  Well, I suspect Chicago has a rightful claim to him, too, but were it not for those many practice sessions on the levee in Louisiana, well, he may have never made it up the river to the Windy City.

Drummer/producer, Tom Hambridge, co-wrote the tracks on Living Proof along with Buddy Guy based on notes he took during their conversations, so the lyrics take on a biographical tone.  In fact, they do tell the Buddy Guy story as he reflects on his life, career, and his place in history.

Listeners who are familiar with Hendrix and Clapton, but not as much so with Guy will feel like they’ve been listening to Buddy Guy for years.  Even a casual listener can see the influence he’s had with Hendrix and Clapton.  It begins right off the bat, a minute and a half into track one.  Shut your eyes and you can see Hendrix setting a Stratocaster on fire!

“Thank Me Someday” is a message to his family, “Living Proof” is a testament to his perseverance, and “Everybody’s Got to Go” is a soulful reminder of our eventual crossing of the River Jordan.  “Stay Around  a Little Longer” features guest, B.B.King, Guy’s strongest influence and long-time friend, the man Guy says, “Created this style of guitar we all play.”  Another big name guest appears in track seven, as Carlos Santana joins in for “Where the Blues Began.”

We recently reviewed the work of another Louisiana blues legend, Piano Red, and commented on the fun often found in blues lyrics and Guy doesn’t disappoint with “Too Soon”, an eloquent telling-off of a long gone love.  Lyrics like, “If youse the last woman on the earth, and I could have all the honey up, under yo skirt, If I was horny as a billy goat,  I’d still say, ‘Woman get yo ass out the door!’”  It’s hard not to smile or laugh out loud with lines like that!

“Skanky” is the closer and a hot blues/rock number that serves as a nice tribute to B.B.King. It is also a great example of what Buddy Guy does that influenced others.  This track alone makes this a great CD for your collection.

Buddy Guy is “100 proof” and Living Proof is a must-have for blues, rock, and guitar fans.
By FCEtier.
In his new song “Thank Me Someday,” Buddy Guy looks back to his teenage years, when he was growing up in rural Louisiana and teaching himself to play guitar. His sister, like sisters everywhere, yelled at him to keep the racket down.

“They had to run me out of the house, and I can understand it,” said Guy, 74, on Thursday, in a phone interview from his longtime hometown of Chicago. “But when I finally learned how to play, they didn’t run me out of the house. They said, ‘Come on in here, now, because it’s good enough to listen to.’?”

Despite his humble beginnings, Guy — who has shows coming up in Red Bank, Trenton and Morristown — is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest blues guitarists ever.

A flamboyant showman whose musical inventiveness and raw power have inspired comparisons to Jimi Hendrix, he was influencing a new wave of blues-rock musicians while Hendrix himself was still toiling in near anonymity. Eric Clapton, who first saw Guy perform in 1965, said, upon inducting Guy into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 40 years later: “He was for me what Elvis was probably like for other people. My course was set, and he was my pilot.”
By Jay Lustig.
Nashville singer-songwriter-producer-musician Tom Hambridge produced blues legend Buddy Guy’s Living Proof album, due out October 26 on Silvertone/Jive Records.

That’s not huge news, as the two have worked together quite successfully in the past: Hambridge also produced Guy’s Skin Deep, which won a 2009 Blues Music Award for album of the year. But Living Proof also features the first-ever in-studio duet between Guy and the great B.B. King, and the song those two chose was the Hambridge-penned “Stay Around A Little Longer.”

Hambridge also has songwriting credits on recent works from Gretchen Wilson, Jack Ingram, Meat Loaf, Danny Gokey and others.
By Peter COOper.
01. 74 Years Young
02. Thank Me Somebody
03. On The Road
04. Stay Around A Little Longer (Feat. B.B.King)
05. Key Don´t  Fit
06. Living Proof
07. Where The Blues Begins (Feat. Carlos Santana)
08. Too Soon
09. Everbody Got To Go
10. Let The Door Knob Hit Ya
11. Gues What
12. Skanky

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Buddy GUY and Junior WELLS – Alone and Acoustic 1991

Posted in BLUES, Buddy GUY, Junior WELLS on November 24, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Buddy GUY and Junior WELLS – Alone and Acoustic 1991


This CD is simply outstanding. Originally released in 1981, it features blues greats Buddy Guy and Junior Wells unplugged. Two men, one day in Paris, one acoustic guitar and one harmonica with each sharing the vocal duties. While the material is not new it is performed with such individuality and conviction that other interpretations of this same material pales in comparison. There are 15 songs arranged into an hours worth of deep south acoustic blues. This has got to be one of Alligators finest releases and is a must have for any fan of these two giants, fans of acoustic blues and fans of the blues period.
The magical synergy of Junior Wells and Buddy Guy was apparent in “Hoodoo Man Blues”, recorded before Buddy Guy was well known. Junior Wells’ subsequent solo works, while workmanlike, have never achieved the same pinnacle (e.g., Come On Into This House). With this joint effort, that synergy is back.
It is very interesting to see (hear) the pair together 30 years after that first work together. The undefinable synergy is still there – Is it the way Buddy sets up a background for Junior’s vocals or harmonica? Or is it the way that Junior defers to Buddys guitar? However, with age, the two interact more sensitively and with a polish – No, a burnished patina – that makes this work a mellower version of their earlier work together. Both performers are secure in their careers and accomplishments and this results in a very special and mature interaction between them.
From the folk blues of Big Boat to the John Lee Hooker homage in Boogie Chillen, the pairing in “Alone and Acoustic” is seamless – You can almost see one person playing the guitar and harmonica while singing.
Caution: As the title suggests, this is not the Buddy Guy that Jimi Hendrix studied. For those of us who grew up with the Eric Clapton of John Mayall (also Cream, Blind Faith) Canned Heat, and Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac as our introduction to the blues (along with Hendrix’s ‘Red House’) in the late 60’s, this could be a disappointment. But to me the CD is not. It is a great pleasure, with the lack of other instruments a sort of relief. No, for those of us of that era, this is more like the ‘Hot Tuna’ record (remember records?) after lots of electric music from Jefferson Airplane, Led Zepplin, Cream, Iron Butterfly, etc… clean and unpretentious.
And in ‘Big Boat’ we hear something like one of my favorites from Hoodoo Man, Buddy’s sharp “Ow!” during Junior’s first harmonica solo in ‘Early in the Morning’. And Buddy sings on this one, too! (Hoodoo Man is one of the classic blues albums – Do yourself a favor and get it if you don’t have it!)
By  Henry Kerfoot.
One of the best duos in the history of the blues, guitarist Buddy Guy and harmonica player Junior Wells made several recordings together over the decades, but this one is unique in their discography. Recorded in the midst of a 1981 European tour, Guy and Wells took a break from their backing musicians and amps to cut this spontaneous, all-acoustic set. The results stand in stark contrast to the hot-and-heavy Chicago blues the duo is known for. Instead, 1981’s ALONE & ACOUSTIC is relaxed and personal, with an intimate, back-porch feel.
Guy switches between six- and 12-string guitars, and lays down rootsy acoustic rhythms for Wells’s keening harmonica lines. The two share vocal duties, spinning through a handful of originals (including Guy’s “Give Me My Coat and Shoes” and Wells’s “Wrong Doing Woman”), songs by John Lee Hooker (“Boogie Chillen”) and Muddy Waters (“My Home’s in the Delta”), as well as some nods to traditional tunes (“Catfish Blues”). In fact, the performances here pay homage to the rural, country-blues roots these modern bluesmen share. Originally released only in France, ALONE & ACOUSTIC was reissued by Alligator Records in 1991 with five bonus tracks.
This reissue includes 5 previously unreleased songs.
Buddy Guy- Electric Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Junior Wells- Harmonica, Vocals
01. Give Me My Coat And Shoes 3:49
02. Big Boat (Buddy and Junior’s Thing) 5:13
03. Sweet Black Girl 3:32
04. Diggin’ My Potatoes 4:28
05. Don’t Leave Me 3:43
06. Rollin’ and Tumblin’ 4:33
07. I’m In The Mood 3:22
08. High Heel Sneakers 4:56
09. Wrong Doing Woman 3:00
10. Cut You Loose 4:03
11. Sally Mae 2:30
12. Catfish Blues 3:33
13. My Home’s In The Delta 3:05
14. Boogie Chillen 4:00
15. Baby What You Want Me To Do/That’s Allright 5:44

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Buddy GUY & Junior WELLS – Last Time Around-Live At Legegends 1993

Posted in BLUES, Buddy GUY, Junior WELLS on November 15, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Buddy GUY & Junior WELLS – Last Time Around-Live At Legegends 1993


Last Time Around, Live At Legends is a fitting farewell to the late, great Junior Wells and his partnership, friendship and kinship with Buddy Guy that lasted decades. The album is a historic release in many ways. It reunites two blues legends who began their unique association in the 1950s. The album was recorded live in March 1993 at Buddy Guy’s world-famous Chicago blues mecca Legends, and it’s an acoustic document of many classic songs that made both Wells and Guy legends in their own right, such as “She’s Alright” and “I’ve Been There,” along with other classic blues standards such as “Hoochie Coochie Man” and “Key to the Highway,” all delivered with a looseness and power that define both Guy and Wells. It also marks the last time the two ever played together.
By Matthew Greenwald.
This in-concert CD caps Buddy Guy’s partnership with harp hero Junior Wells, who died of lymphoma in January 1998. The set, taped five years earlier at Guy’s Chicago nightclub, is an unabashedly sentimental journey back to their roots. It’s just Guy and Wells on acoustic guitar and harmonica, cutting up and playing their own standards like Guy’s “You Better Watch Yourself” and Wells’s signature “Hoodoo Man,” as well as classics by such influences as Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Rogers, and even Ray Charles. Guy’s focused intensity is offset by Wells’s good-natured clowning, yet the performance never sacrifices its strong musicality.
By Ted Drozdowski.
The sound is excellent on this 1998 live album, and Buddy Guy and the late, great Junior Wells both lay down some of their best vocal performances on record.

Committed to tape in March, 1993, “Last Time Around – Live At Legends” documents the very last time Guy and Wells took the stage together. The arrangements are completely bare-bones, just Buddy Guy’s Gibson guitar and Junior Wells’ chromatic harp, but the performances are full of power and authority, and Guy’s expressive tenor voice and Junior Wells’ rougher baritone blend smoothly on songs like “Hoochie Coochie Man” and “What I’d Say”.
Virtually every song is a highlight, actually…Junior Wells plays muscular, amplified harp behind Guy’s lead vocal on “Key To The Highway” and “Oh Baby”, and takes the lead on “Hoodoo Man Blues”, and the duo share lead vocal duties on a great medley of songs from Jimmy Reed’s good-natured repertoire of blues n’ boogie, as well as a cover of Jimmy Rogers’ “That’s All Right”.

This is one great slice of classic, acoustic blues which would look at home on any real blues fan’s shelf.
I mean, why do we need synthesizers and computer sampling when two middle-aged men can sit down with just a harmonica and an acoustic guitar and make it sound this good?
By Docendo Discimus.
They last performed together in 1993, half a decade before Wells died, and they fit like an old pair of shoes, picking up on cues that haven’t even been delivered yet. The first “What’d I Say,” a highlight twice, takes off on the clicks, moans, squeals, hoots, and chicken squawks Wells cuts into Guy’s vocal, and again and again classic titles from their book and everyone else’s are adjusted to accommodate classic lines from the universe of blues readymades. Take this as a passport to that universe, but don’t expect anyone to sell you a map.
Buddy Guy- Guitar, Vocals
Junior Wells- Harmonica, Vocals
01. Seeds of Reed: Big Boss Man, Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby, I’m The Man Down There 4:24
02. That’s All Right 3:50
03. She’s All Right, Still A Fool 5:40
04. Hoochie Coochie Man 5:42
05. What I’d Say (It’s All Right)
06. Key to the Highway 4:35
07. I’ve Been There 8:40
08. Feelin’ Good, What I’d Say 4:03
09. Oh Baby, You Better Watch Yourself 6:32
10. Hoodoo Man Blues 3:13

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