Buddy Guy – Blue No More
Multi-Grammy Award winning blues icon Buddy Guy has released his brand new studio album THE BLUES IS ALIVE AND WELL via Silvertone, RCA Records and Sony Music Entertainment Australia.
In advance of album release, Buddy shared a few songs for his fans: ‘Cognac’ featuring Keith Richards & Jeff Beck, ‘Blue No More’ featuring James Bay, and the Sonny Boy Williamson penned-classic ‘Nine Below Zero’. The album also features Mick Jagger joining Buddy on ‘You Did The Crime’. Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter and long-time collaborator Tom Hambridge produced the album and penned 13 original songs for the album.
The press have been raving about the new tracks released thus far. Rolling Stone called the first track out “Nine Below Zero,” “searing” and “masterful” and declared “Buddy Guy proves blues is alive and well” and Guitar World wrote “scintillating” and “powerful.” Of the second song released, ‘Blue No More’ featuring James Bay, Billboard described it as a “soulful slow-jam,” and Rolling Stone noted “…Bay knows he’s singing in the company of musical royalty, so he pushes his voice as hard as he can, exploring the rougher edges of his register. Buddy Guy is 81, but he shows no signs of decreasing productivity.”
Last week, Buddy released ‘Cognac’ featuring Jeff Beck & Keith Richards to continued raves. In their review, Rolling Stone writes “the five-minute six-string showcase doubles as a bluesy drinking session between the trio of ‘Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists’ as Guy howls about women, the past and one late bluesman who was a drinking buddy.” Guitar World calls ‘Cognac’ “the trio’s wonderful concoction” and Grammy.com writes it’s “a spell-binding dip into the blues.”
THE BLUES IS ALIVE AND WELL is the follow up to Guy’s 2015 critically acclaimed album BORN TO PLAY GUITAR, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Album charts. The album marked Guy’s fifth #1 album on the chart and twelfth Top 10 Billboard Blues album.
It was previously announced that Buddy Guy will be the recipient of The Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award on September 12 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
In his quest to keep the genre vital, Guy recently spoke about the origin of southern blues and performed on David Letterman’s Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.
The 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 7 Grammy Awards, 37 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.