Buddy Guy (from the album Rhtyhm and Blues) - Buddy Guy lets the music do his talking, and with his new album title, he also lets is define the distinct tastes for his double-disc release. Rhythm & Blues offers one side for each style. Buddy Guy collaborates with Aerosmith members Joe Perry, Brad Whitford and Steven Tyler and welcomes first-time studio partners such Gary Clark, Jr and Keith Urban on the album. Rhythm & Blues is the follow-up to Buddy’s 2010 Grammy winning Living Proof, and on the tails of his 2012 Kennedy Center Honors.
The ‘Rhythm’ half of the discs shows up under the flag of hard R&B for “What You Gonna Do About Me”. The track partners Buddy Guy with Beth Hart, the lady who knocked the Kennedy Center show into orbit with her rendition of “I’d Rather Go Blind” with Jeff Beck. “Whiskey Ghost” travels like a midnight fog coming into Memphis from the Mississippi, “Messin’ with the Kid” pairs Buddy with a man who owns part of the tune’s title, Kid Rock, for some jumping rhythm and “What’s Up With That” features the Memphis Horns backing Buddy and his guitar. On the Blues disc, Buddy Guy kicks it off with a percolating uptown blues that is heading downtown to “Meet Me in Chicago”. “I Could Die Happy” marries the past of a finger-plucked folk blues with a contemporary rafter reaching electric riff over a story that uses a universal theme than spans all decades with a meetings of the sexes, Buddy explaining that he is “not a young man, but still young at heart”. Buddy Guy is an American legend evidenced by his multiple awards and recognition by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. What makes him a star is that he handles the many kudos and commendations by putting out a stellar double disc.