Buddy Guy Confirms “The Blues Is Alive And Well” – New Album Out Now!
ALBUM AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE TODAY, JUNE 15TH
FEATURES APPEARANCES BY MICK JAGGER, KEITH RICHARDS, JEFF BECK & JAMES BAY
GUY TO RECEIVE THE AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION’S
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ON SEPTEMBER 12TH IN NASHVILLE, TN
SUMMER AND FALL TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
[New York, NY – June 15, 2018] Today, Multi-Grammy Award winning blues icon Buddy Guy releases his brand new studio album, The Blues Is Alive And Well via Silvertone/RCA Records. In advance of album release, Buddy released a few songs for his fans: “Cognac” featuring Keith Richards & Jeff Beck, “Blue No More” featuring James Bay, and the Sonny Boy Williamson penned-classic “Nine Below Zero.” The album also features Mick Jagger joining Buddy on “You Did The Crime.” Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter and longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge produced the album and penned 13 original songs for the album.
The press has been raving about the new tracks released thus far — Rolling Stone called the first track out “Nine Below Zero,” “searing” and “masterful” and declared “Buddy Guy proves blues is alive and well” and Guitar World wrote “scintillating” and “powerful.” Of the second song released, “Blue No More” featuring James Bay, Billboard described it as a “soulful slow-jam,” and Rolling Stone noted “…Bay knows he’s singing in the company of musical royalty, so he pushes his voice as hard as he can, exploring the rougher edges of his register. Buddy Guy is 81, but he shows no signs of decreasing productivity.” Last week, Buddy released “Cognac” featuring Jeff Beck & Keith Richards to continued raves. In their review, Rolling Stone writes “the five-minute six-string showcase doubles as a bluesy drinking session between the trio of ‘Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists’ as Guy howls about women, the past and one late bluesman who was a drinking buddy.” Guitar World calls “Cognac” “the trio’s wonderful concoction” and Grammy.com writes it’s “a spell-binding dip into the blues.”
It was previously announced that Buddy Guy will be the recipient of the The Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award on September 12th ceremony at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Visit http://americanamusic.org/ for more information.THE BLUES IS ALIVE AND WELL is Buddy Guy’s follow up to his 2015 album Born To Play Guitar, which won “Best Blues Album” at the 2016 Grammy Awards, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Album charts and marked Guy’s fifth #1 album on the chart and twelfth Top 10 Billboard Blues album.
In his quest to keep the genre vital, Guy chats about the origin of southern blues and performs on David Letterman’s series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, airing now on Netflix.
The Blues Is Alive And Well track list:
01 A Few Good Years
02 Guilty As Charged
03 Cognac (featuring Jeff Beck & Keith Richards)
04 The Blues Is Alive And Well
05 Bad Day
06 Blue No More (featuring James Bay)
07 Whiskey For Sale
08 You Did The Crime (featuring Mick Jagger)
09 Old Fashioned
10 When My Day Comes
11 Nine Below Zero
12 Ooh Daddy
13 Somebody Up There
14 End Of The Line
The recipient of the 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Buddy Guy’s incredible career spans over 50 years with just as many albums released. Career highlights include 7 Grammy Awards, 37 Blues Music Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, NARM Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement, Billboard Music Awards’ Century Award for distinguished artistic development, Presidential National Medal of Arts, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to name a few.
At 81 years young, Guy proves that it gets greater later as he continues to record and tour around the world with recent performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater and more (click here and see below for full touring schedule).