I think it’s safe to finally say it: Buddy simply can’t make a bad album. Living Proof is an iconic Buddy Guy release. Largely free from gust musicians and other potential distractions, instead the album focuses on the magic and story that is Buddy. The first track, as has been Buddy’s style in recent years, starts slow and tense. The acoustic guitar plays a low tune while a slide guitar shakes some tension into the mix as Buddy sternly delivers the proverbial “I’m 74 years young“. Pretty soon, though, you’ll realize that Buddy wasn’t kidding about that “young” part after it only takes him about a minute and a half to explode into a white hot blur of guitar art that will knock you on your tail. He belts out tracks about women, life, his many blessings and the blues, while punching knockout guitar riffs in all the right places.
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Buddy Guy’s “Living Proof” is the Best Thing Buddy’s Done Since the Next Thing He’ll Do
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