George “Buddy” Guy has been around. Originally from Lettsworth, Louisiana, where he learned to play on a diddley bow (a primitive one-stringed zither-like instrument), Guy went on to put his unique stamp on American blues music in the heart of Chicago. During his early career, he backed many of the legendary Chess recording artists, including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson. Never one to accept the status quo, Buddy ripped up the envelope of blues guitar style to create his own approach, which blends traditional blues with rock, jazz, soul and on-stage theatrics.
Hitting the 75 year mark this year, Buddy keeps his music as fresh and relevant as ever.Living Proof includes a fun track with Carlos Santana, “Where the Blues Begins,” and an engagingly soulful number with B.B. King, “Stay Around a Little Longer,” as well as 10 other tracks that burn from start to finish. From the first bold cut, “74 Years Young,” to the sizzling “Let the Door Knob Hit Ya,” Buddy demonstrates that age is just a number.
Living Proof is out now on Silvertone Records.