Monday, September 15, 2008

Skin Deep reviewed by Steve Jones

Skin Deep
Buddy Guy
Silvertone Records
12 tracks

Buddy Guy has been an icon of the blues world for decades. His albums of late have varied a bit, but this one is a winner and is right up there with his “Sweet Tea” CD in intensity and great songs. Susan Tedschi makes an appearance and husband Derek Trucks is on two tracks as is Robert Randolph. Eric Clapton and Quinn Sullivan also make appearances on a track each.

The title track is an interesting mix of slide and acoustic guitar with Buddy and Derek Trucks. “Lyin’ Like a Dog” is a 7+ minute track of Guy doing what he does best- playing dirty, slow blues. I can’t pick a favorite or even a few favorites from this CD. None of the tunes have any big weaknesses and every track seems to have something special in it.
The guitar work is impeccable, the guests add flair to the already flamboyant Guy, making this a great effort overall. He has added another super CD to his legacy of great music. This CD showcases what this septuagenarian can still do at the top of his game. If you like what Buddy Guy can do or mean guitar blues, you’ll love this CD.

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