Born to Play Guitar

Born to Play Guitar

by Buddy Guy Buddy Guy
Born to Play Guitar

Born to Play Guitar

by Buddy Guy Buddy Guy


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Once again working with producer/songwriter Tom Hambridge -- the bluesman's main collaborator since 2008's Skin Deep -- Buddy Guy serves up a straight-ahead platter with Born to Play Guitar, his 28th studio album. Many of Guy's latter-day records loosely follow a theme, but Born to Play Guitar is pretty direct: just a collection of songs designed to showcase Buddy's oversized Stratocaster. Which isn't to say there's either a lack of variety or pro forma songwriting here. Hambridge cleverly colors Born to Play Guitar with a few bold, unexpected flourishes: the sweeps of sweet strings that accentuate "(Baby) You've Got What It Takes," a duet with Joss Stone that lightly recalls Etta James' Chess Records work; the big, blaring horns of "Thick Like Mississippi Mud" that moves that track out of the Delta and into an urban setting; the acoustic "Come Back Muddy" which performs that trick in reverse, pushing Chicago blues back down south. Elsewhere, Van Morrison contributes a moving tribute to B.B. King in "Flesh and Bone," a heartfelt ballad that doesn't quite fit with the rest of the record because it's about song, not feel -- a nice anomaly on a record whose greater concern is juke joint boogie. Guy delivers on this front quite ably, particularly when he's paired with fellow blues lifer Kim Wilson (as he is on "Too Late" and "Kiss Me Quick") or when Billy Gibbons slithers out of the Texas hills to lay down the heavy stomp of "Wear You Out," and while there are no surprises on these duets, nor on the proudly traditional Chicago blues of "Born to Play Guitar," "Back Up Mama," and "Whiskey, Beer & Wine," there is still pleasure in hearing a master tear into his beloved music.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2015
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888751203723
catalogNumber: 512037
Rank: 6868


  1. Born to Play Guitar
  2. Wear You Out
  3. Back Up Mama
  4. Too Late
  5. Whiskey, Beer & Wine
  6. Kiss Me Quick
  7. Crying Out of One Eye
  8. (Baby) You Got What it Takes
  9. Turn Me Wild
  10. Crazy World
  11. Smarter Than I Was
  12. Thick Like Mississippi Mud
  13. Flesh & Bone
  14. Come Back Muddy

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buddy Guy   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Kim Wilson   Harmonica
Bob Britt   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Billy Cox   Electric Bass
Billy Gibbons   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
McCrary Sisters   Background Vocals
Kevin McKendree   Piano,African Piano,Hammond B3
Van Morrison   Vocals
Michael Rhodes   Electric Bass
Glenn Worf   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Reese Wynans   Clavinet,Wurlitzer,Piano (Grand),Piano (Upright),Hammond B3
Tom Hambridge   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Triangle,Background Vocals,Wind Chimes
Chris Carmichael   Strings
Doyle Bramhall   Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Joss Stone   Vocals
Rob McNelley   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Tommy Macdonald   Electric Bass
Rob McKendree   Clavinet

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Buddy Guy   Composer
Brook Benton   Composer
John Phillips   Composer
Bradley Cook   Cover Photo
Richard Fleming   Composer
Jonathan Joseph   Engineer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Ducky Carlisle   Engineer
Tom Hambridge   Composer,Producer
Chris Carmichael   String Arrangements
Murray Stein   Composer
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Nathan James   Engineer
Gilbert Garza   Guitar Techician
Michael Saint-Leon   Engineer

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