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The Blues Is Alive and Well

The Blues Is Alive and Well

by Buddy Guy Buddy Guy
The Blues Is Alive and Well

The Blues Is Alive and Well

by Buddy Guy Buddy Guy


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Buddy Guy begins his 2018 album, The Blues Is Alive and Well, by singing "a few good years is all I need right now," an acknowledgment that at 81 years old he's closer to the end of his life than he is to the beginning. This isn't the first time he's made such an admission. Eight years earlier, he opened up Living Proof with a boast that he was "74 Years Young," so his advancing years have been on his mind for a while, but The Blues Is Alive and Well is full of songs charged with mortality. The record is bookended by "A Few Good Years" and the mellow boogie "End of the Line," and Guy muses about "Somebody Up There" and wonders what will happen "When My Day Comes," all the while acknowledging he's "Old Fashioned." That's a lot of songs about life and death, but The Blues Is Alive and Well has a lot of songs in general -- a full 15, lasting well over an hour. This excessive length means there's a lot of room for levity, too, including James Bay sitting in for a duet on "Blue No More," Mick Jagger's wailing harp on "You Did the Crime," and, best of all, a showdown with Keith Richards and Jeff Beck on "Cognac." Guy has some good moments on his own, of course -- his guitar stings throughout and he can sell the house rocker "Guilty as Charged" with a vigor that belies his age -- but the emphasis on ruminative tunes feels a bit heavy-handed. Maybe that's why the album ends with "Milking Muther for Ya," a minute-long dirty joke that punctuates the moody vibes of "End of the Line." Its very presence suggests that Buddy Guy would rather live it up while he still has a few good years left.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2018
Label: Rca
UPC: 0190758124728
catalogNumber: 581247
Rank: 5145


  1. A Few Good Years
  2. Guilty as Charged
  3. Cognac
  4. The Blues Is Alive and Well
  5. Bad Day
  6. Blue No More
  7. Whiskey for Sale
  8. You Did the Crime
  9. Old Fashioned
  10. When My Day Comes
  11. Nine Below Zero
  12. Ooh Daddy
  13. Somebody Up There
  14. End of the Line
  15. Milking Muther for Ya

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buddy Guy   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Electroacoustic),Fender Stratocaster
Jeff Beck   Guitar
Mick Jagger   Harmonica
Steven Herrman   Trumpet
Jim Hoke   Baritone Saxophone
Ann McCrary   Background Vocals
Kevin McKendree   Clavinet,Mellotron,Wurlitzer,Piano (Upright),Hammond B3
Doug Moffet   Tenor Saxophone
Keith Richards   Guitar
Charles Rose   Trombone
Willie Weeks   Bass
Tom Hambridge   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Drum Loop
Rob McNelley   Rhythm Guitar,Slide Guitar
Regina McCrary   Background Vocals
Emil Justian   Harmonica
Tommy Macdonald   Bass
Rachel Hambridge   Background Vocals
James Bay   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Buddy Guy   Composer
Mac Davis   Composer
Richard Fleming   Composer
Red Nelson   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Charles Rose   Horn Arrangements
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Ducky Carlisle   Engineer
Tom Hambridge   Composer,Producer
Ben Findlay   Engineer
Jamey Johnson   Composer
Jeff Schulz   Art Direction
Zach Allen   Engineer
Kenta Yonesaka   Engineer
Chris Bynum   Guitar Techician
Eddie Serafica   Engineer
Bill Sweeney   Composer
Roy Henderson   Engineer

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