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Buddy Guy: Born To Play Guitar

Album Review

Guy rises to the challenge of being the last bluesman standing.

For many, 2013’s Tom Hambridge-produced Rhythm & Blues was a high point in Buddy Guy’s recent career.

But its follow-up, Born To Play Guitar, again produced with Hambridge, is even better. The title’s a dead giveaway; the emphasis is on Guy’s guitar playing, and with songs dedicated to Muddy Waters and BB King, it’s clear his mission is to safeguard the blues. He says as much – ‘I was born to play this guitar, I got the blues running through my veins,’ he sings on the title track, an excellent slow blues and his statement of intent.

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