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The Blues Is Alive And Well

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Damn Right ! Who could disagree? Of course Buddy Guy has blues in the blood! The Chicago guitar legend is saying it loud on this album: The Blues Is Alive And Well! At 81 years old, he seems on better form than ever, and has a lot to teach the youth. This is a punkier, rockier bluesman than the present generation, who knows how to bring the blues to a white audience. Old fashioned? The accusation wouldn't offend Buddy Guy, who's just playing his guitar right. Here, the guitarist is discussing the blues with guests who have the stature to hold a conversation with him. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck and James Bay feed his talent, and stay in perfect harmony with his genius. And what would be blues without talk of booze and old friends? On Cognac, Buddy Guy seems to shed twenty years when he evokes Muddy Waters.


It's too late to sip a brandy with him, but now he's got Keith and others for company. Getting wasted in style, filling up on booze and the blues, dealing out a hand that can't ever end: that's the spirit of the blues. Beyond the music, there is a real discussion that starts between guitar riffs, piano chords and the singer's penetrating voice. Better than a trance, this is a stairway to the underworld opening up. And then there's such a captivating groove on The Blues Is Alive And Well. It's a grand declaration of love for the genre, which, through solitude, poverty and suffering, remains a faithful friend, a life-saver, an intimate journal. Perhaps the album should be seen as a kind of passing-onward of the blues to the generations to come. Blue No More gives a fair account of the idea. It's a duet where Buddy Guy is singing face-to-face with the Pearly Gates. It doesn't dampen his mood at all, through, because he knows that others down below will pick up his baton. And James Bay echoes his master's words back to him: "I won’t be blue no more". © Clara Bismuth/Qobuz

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1
A Few Good Years
00:04:47

Willie Weeks, Bass - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Roy Hendrickson, Recording Engineer - Rob McNelley, Guitar - Richard Fleming, Composer, Lyricist - Ben Findlay, Recording Engineer - Buddy Guy, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Tom Hambridge, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Mixing Engineer - Kevin McKendree, Organ - Ducky Carlisle, Recording Engineer - Michael Saint-Leon, Mixing Engineer - Zach Allen, Recording Engineer - Kenta Yonesaka, Recording Engineer - Jason Staniulis, Assistant Engineer - Eddie Serafica, Recording Engineer - Sean R. Badum, Assistant Engineer - Jack Chown, Assistant Engineer - Neal Shaw, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Guilty As Charged
00:03:20

Willie Weeks, Bass - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Roy Hendrickson, Recording Engineer - Rob McNelley, Guitar - Richard Fleming, Composer, Lyricist - Ben Findlay, Recording Engineer - Buddy Guy, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Tom Hambridge, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Mixing Engineer - Kevin McKendree, Piano - Ducky Carlisle, Recording Engineer - Michael Saint-Leon, Mixing Engineer - Zach Allen, Recording Engineer - Kenta Yonesaka, Recording Engineer - Jason Staniulis, Assistant Engineer - Eddie Serafica, Recording Engineer - Sean R. Badum, Assistant Engineer - Jack Chown, Assistant Engineer - Neal Shaw, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Cognac
00:05:22

Willie Weeks, Bass - Jeff Beck, Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Hendrickson, Recording Engineer - Richard Fleming, Composer, Lyricist - Ben Findlay, Recording Engineer - Buddy Guy, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Tom Hambridge, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Mixing Engineer - Kevin McKendree, Orchestra - Ducky Carlisle, Recording Engineer - Michael Saint-Leon, Mixing Engineer - Zach Allen, Recording Engineer - Kenta Yonesaka, Recording Engineer - Jason Staniulis, Assistant Engineer - Eddie Serafica, Recording Engineer - Sean R. Badum, Assistant Engineer - Jack Chown, Assistant Engineer - Neal Shaw, Assistant Engineer - Buddy Guy feat. Jeff Beck & Keith Richards, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
The Blues Is Alive And Well
00:05:13

Jim Hoke, Baritone Saxophone - Charles Rose, Horn, Trombone - Willie Weeks, Bass - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Gary Nicholson, Composer, Lyricist - Roy Hendrickson, Recording Engineer - Rob McNelley, Guitar - Ben Findlay, Recording Engineer - Doug Moffet, Tenor Saxophone - Buddy Guy, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Tom Hambridge, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Mixing Engineer - Kevin McKendree, Organ - The Muscle Shoals Horns, Horn - Ducky Carlisle, Recording Engineer - Steve Herrman, Trumpet - Michael Saint-Leon, Mixing Engineer - Zach Allen, Recording Engineer - Kenta Yonesaka, Recording Engineer - Jason Staniulis, Assistant Engineer - Eddie Serafica, Recording Engineer - Sean R. Badum, Assistant Engineer - Jack Chown, Assistant Engineer - Neal Shaw, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Bad Day
00:03:48

Willie Weeks, Bass - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Roy Hendrickson, Recording Engineer - Rob McNelley, Guitar - Mac Davis, Composer, Lyricist - Ben Findlay, Recording Engineer - Buddy Guy, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Tom Hambridge, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Mixing Engineer - Kevin McKendree, Organ, Piano - Ducky Carlisle, Recording Engineer - Michael Saint-Leon, Mixing Engineer - Zach Allen, Recording Engineer - Kenta Yonesaka, Recording Engineer - Jason Staniulis, Assistant Engineer - Eddie Serafica, Recording Engineer - Sean R. Badum, Assistant Engineer - Jack Chown, Assistant Engineer - Neal Shaw, Assistant Engineer - Emil Justian, Harmonica

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Blue No More
00:03:39

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Roy Hendrickson, Recording Engineer - Rob McNelley, Guitar - Ben Findlay, Recording Engineer - Buddy Guy, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Tom Hambridge, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Mixing Engineer - Kevin McKendree, Organ, Piano - Jamey Johnson, Composer, Lyricist - Ducky Carlisle, Recording Engineer - James Bay, Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Michael Saint-Leon, Mixing Engineer - Zach Allen, Recording Engineer - Kenta Yonesaka, Recording Engineer - Tommy MacDonald, Bass - Jason Staniulis, Assistant Engineer - Eddie Serafica, Recording Engineer - Sean R. Badum, Assistant Engineer - Jack Chown, Assistant Engineer - Neal Shaw, Assistant Engineer - Buddy Guy feat. James Bay, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Whiskey For Sale
00:04:02

Willie Weeks, Bass - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Roy Hendrickson, Recording Engineer - Rob McNelley, Guitar - Ben Findlay, Recording Engineer - Buddy Guy, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Regina McCrary, Background Vocal - Tom Hambridge, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Mixing Engineer, Background Vocal - Kevin McKendree, Organ - Ann McCrary, Background Vocal - Ducky Carlisle, Recording Engineer - Michael Saint-Leon, Mixing Engineer - Zach Allen, Recording Engineer - Kenta Yonesaka, Recording Engineer - Jason Staniulis, Assistant Engineer - Eddie Serafica, Recording Engineer - Sean R. Badum, Assistant Engineer - Jack Chown, Assistant Engineer - Neal Shaw, Assistant Engineer - Rachel Hambridge, Background Vocal

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
You Did The Crime
00:06:53

Willie Weeks, Bass - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - MICK JAGGER, Harmonica, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Hendrickson, Recording Engineer - Rob McNelley, Guitar - Richard Fleming, Composer, Lyricist - Ben Findlay, Recording Engineer - Buddy Guy, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Tom Hambridge, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Mixing Engineer - Kevin McKendree, Piano - Ducky Carlisle, Recording Engineer - Michael Saint-Leon, Mixing Engineer - Zach Allen, Recording Engineer - Kenta Yonesaka, Recording Engineer - Jason Staniulis, Assistant Engineer - Eddie Serafica, Recording Engineer - Sean R. Badum, Assistant Engineer - Jack Chown, Assistant Engineer - Neal Shaw, Assistant Engineer - Buddy Guy feat. Mick Jagger, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Old Fashioned
00:03:57

Jim Hoke, Baritone Saxophone - Charles Rose, Horn, Trombone - Willie Weeks, Bass - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Roy Hendrickson, Recording Engineer - Rob McNelley, Guitar - Ben Findlay, Recording Engineer - Doug Moffet, Tenor Saxophone - Buddy Guy, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Tom Hambridge, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Mixing Engineer - Kevin McKendree, Organ - The Muscle Shoals Horns, Horn - Ducky Carlisle, Recording Engineer - Steve Herrman, Trumpet - Michael Saint-Leon, Mixing Engineer - Zach Allen, Recording Engineer - Kenta Yonesaka, Recording Engineer - Jason Staniulis, Assistant Engineer - Eddie Serafica, Recording Engineer - Sean R. Badum, Assistant Engineer - Jack Chown, Assistant Engineer - Neal Shaw, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
When My Day Comes
00:04:38

Willie Weeks, Bass - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Roy Hendrickson, Recording Engineer - Rob McNelley, Guitar - Ben Findlay, Recording Engineer - Buddy Guy, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Tom Hambridge, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Mixing Engineer - Kevin McKendree, Organ - Ducky Carlisle, Recording Engineer - Michael Saint-Leon, Mixing Engineer - Zach Allen, Recording Engineer - Kenta Yonesaka, Recording Engineer - Jason Staniulis, Assistant Engineer - Eddie Serafica, Recording Engineer - Sean R. Badum, Assistant Engineer - Jack Chown, Assistant Engineer - Neal Shaw, Assistant Engineer - Bill Sweeney, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Nine Below Zero
00:06:19

Willie Weeks, Bass - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Sonny Boy Williamson, Composer, Lyricist - Roy Hendrickson, Recording Engineer - Rob McNelley, Guitar - Ben Findlay, Recording Engineer - Buddy Guy, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Tom Hambridge, Producer, Drums, Mixing Engineer - Kevin McKendree, Piano - Ducky Carlisle, Recording Engineer - Michael Saint-Leon, Mixing Engineer - Zach Allen, Recording Engineer - Kenta Yonesaka, Recording Engineer - Jason Staniulis, Assistant Engineer - Eddie Serafica, Recording Engineer - Sean R. Badum, Assistant Engineer - Jack Chown, Assistant Engineer - Neal Shaw, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Ooh Daddy
00:03:17

Willie Weeks, Bass - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Roy Hendrickson, Recording Engineer - Rob McNelley, Guitar - Richard Fleming, Composer, Lyricist - Ben Findlay, Recording Engineer - Buddy Guy, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Tom Hambridge, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Mixing Engineer - Kevin McKendree, Piano - Ducky Carlisle, Recording Engineer - Michael Saint-Leon, Mixing Engineer - Zach Allen, Recording Engineer - Kenta Yonesaka, Recording Engineer - Jason Staniulis, Assistant Engineer - Eddie Serafica, Recording Engineer - Sean R. Badum, Assistant Engineer - Jack Chown, Assistant Engineer - Neal Shaw, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Somebody Up There
00:04:27

Willie Weeks, Bass - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Roy Hendrickson, Recording Engineer - Rob McNelley, Guitar - Richard Fleming, Composer, Lyricist - Ben Findlay, Recording Engineer - Buddy Guy, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Tom Hambridge, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Mixing Engineer - Kevin McKendree, Organ - Ducky Carlisle, Recording Engineer - Michael Saint-Leon, Mixing Engineer - Zach Allen, Recording Engineer - Kenta Yonesaka, Recording Engineer - Jason Staniulis, Assistant Engineer - Eddie Serafica, Recording Engineer - Sean R. Badum, Assistant Engineer - Jack Chown, Assistant Engineer - Neal Shaw, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
End Of The Line
00:03:25

Jim Hoke, Baritone Saxophone - Charles Rose, Horn, Trombone - Willie Weeks, Bass - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Roy Hendrickson, Recording Engineer - Rob McNelley, Guitar - Richard Fleming, Composer, Lyricist - Ben Findlay, Recording Engineer - Doug Moffet, Tenor Saxophone - Buddy Guy, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Tom Hambridge, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Mixing Engineer - Kevin McKendree, Piano - The Muscle Shoals Horns, Horn - Ducky Carlisle, Recording Engineer - Steve Herrman, Trumpet - Michael Saint-Leon, Mixing Engineer - Zach Allen, Recording Engineer - Kenta Yonesaka, Recording Engineer - Jason Staniulis, Assistant Engineer - Eddie Serafica, Recording Engineer - Sean R. Badum, Assistant Engineer - Jack Chown, Assistant Engineer - Neal Shaw, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
Milking Muther For Ya
00:00:57

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Roy Hendrickson, Recording Engineer - Ben Findlay, Recording Engineer - Buddy Guy, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Tom Hambridge, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Red Nelson, Composer, Lyricist - Ducky Carlisle, Recording Engineer - Michael Saint-Leon, Mixing Engineer - Zach Allen, Recording Engineer - Kenta Yonesaka, Recording Engineer - Jason Staniulis, Assistant Engineer - Eddie Serafica, Recording Engineer - Sean R. Badum, Assistant Engineer - Jack Chown, Assistant Engineer - Neal Shaw, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Damn Right ! Who could disagree? Of course Buddy Guy has blues in the blood! The Chicago guitar legend is saying it loud on this album: The Blues Is Alive And Well! At 81 years old, he seems on better form than ever, and has a lot to teach the youth. This is a punkier, rockier bluesman than the present generation, who knows how to bring the blues to a white audience. Old fashioned? The accusation wouldn't offend Buddy Guy, who's just playing his guitar right. Here, the guitarist is discussing the blues with guests who have the stature to hold a conversation with him. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck and James Bay feed his talent, and stay in perfect harmony with his genius. And what would be blues without talk of booze and old friends? On Cognac, Buddy Guy seems to shed twenty years when he evokes Muddy Waters.


It's too late to sip a brandy with him, but now he's got Keith and others for company. Getting wasted in style, filling up on booze and the blues, dealing out a hand that can't ever end: that's the spirit of the blues. Beyond the music, there is a real discussion that starts between guitar riffs, piano chords and the singer's penetrating voice. Better than a trance, this is a stairway to the underworld opening up. And then there's such a captivating groove on The Blues Is Alive And Well. It's a grand declaration of love for the genre, which, through solitude, poverty and suffering, remains a faithful friend, a life-saver, an intimate journal. Perhaps the album should be seen as a kind of passing-onward of the blues to the generations to come. Blue No More gives a fair account of the idea. It's a duet where Buddy Guy is singing face-to-face with the Pearly Gates. It doesn't dampen his mood at all, through, because he knows that others down below will pick up his baton. And James Bay echoes his master's words back to him: "I won’t be blue no more". © Clara Bismuth/Qobuz

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