There are few positive adjectives or expressions that haven't been used to describe 2012 Kennedy Center Honoree and 6-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy. This 77-year-old Bluesman has seen everything in a career that goes back approximately 50 years. This 2-disc set is right up there with some of his best work. He has some co-collaborators on some of the cuts, however it seems like an odd group of people, with the exceptions of Beth Hart and Gary Clark Jr. who show why they are getting rave reviews for their recent work. Mr. Clark shows why he is considered such an up and coming artist for his incendiary guitar work, and Ms Hart for her heart felt vocals on, What You Gonna Do About Me. The other guest artists don't add anything special, nor do they detract anything from the 2 discs in this set.
The discs are divided up so that the Rhythm disc is deep groove R & B such as Justifyin' and Well I Done Got Over It. The Blues disc is almost a survey of different styles of the blues. Both discs are produced with his longtime collaborator as Producer and songwriter, Tom Hambridge. The sound is rich and full as this is their umpteenth time working together, and Mr. Buddy Guy has not mellowed with age, he has grown into the promise that so many saw back when he and Junior Wells first started making music together way back when. He sounds both vocally and instrumentally on the top of his game, and the songs trace a rich history of the wonderful music he has given us. A true keeper of an album.
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