Living Proof – Buddy Guy

Living Proof

Buddy Guy

2010

Silvertone / Jive

In 2010, one of the few still-living classic blues artists released an album. At the age of 74, Buddy Guy delivered an album with all of the presence and feel of a blues legend playing his own take on the genre. The exceedingly talented Guy plays a combination of Chicago Blues (with distorted guitars and involved electrics) and Dirty blues (with aggressive lyrics).  It’s an interesting combination, one made even more relevant by his legendary stature. 

The album opens up with the track, “74 Years Young.” A great introduction to Living Proof, the song just oozes confidence.  Guy sings “there ain’t nothing I haven’t done,” and when the distortion kicks in, you find yourself believing every word . Buddy continues on to the song “Thank Me Someday,” where he sings about his days of learning how to play guitar, following the semi-biographical nature of the record: “Two stringed wood guitar / I taught myself how to play / yes, I did / kept the whole family up all night / and I told them that you’ll all thank me one day / yes, I did.”  Time and again, the listener finds Buddy Guy diving into  the Grungy Blues with “Key Don’t Fit,” “Living Proof,” “Where the Blues Begins,” and “Too Soon.” I recently saw him live, where his tone is much more apparent, and his attitude definitely makes for a very good and entertaining show.

U MAD, BRO?

Quite possibly the best song on Living Proof is “Stay Around a Little Longer,” where he duets with B.B. King. It’s an amazing song, with the line “Lord knows I love the life I live.” It’s a glimmer of optimism in the midst of an album full of such contention. Near the middle of the song we get to hear some banter between the two Blues legends, and B.B. King delivers us the last line of the song “Well, thanks a lot / you ain’t done it so bad yourself, old boy / when I’m pushing up daisies / don’t forget you’re still my buddy.”  Hearing the duo’s back-and-forth, both on vocals and guitar, really displays the feeling and intensity behind the surface.

The main focus of Living Proof is on the Dirty Blues and aggressive Chicago Blues, however: old-style 1-4-5 chord progressions and old black men gettin’ mad.   With lines like “Let the door knob hit ya / and my damn dog shoulda bit ya,” which honestly made me laugh the first time I heard it in “Let the Door Knob Hit Ya,” only entertain this notion even more.  Buddy Guy has a lot of those lines that you can’t help but go “OOOOHHHH BUUUURRRRNNN” as you’re listening to it, and that’s what makes this album so good.

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2 Responses to “Living Proof – Buddy Guy”

  1. A two-stringed guitar? No wonder Buddy Guy sucks, he learned on something that isn’t real.

  2. Stop making shit up and trying to sound super in depth with your music knowledge. “Dirty Blues”, “Chicago Blues”, you sound like an asshole.

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