Rare unplugged outing for leading Chicago bluesman
Buddy Guy made his name as a fiery damn-right-I’ve-got-the-blues electric guitarist of the Chicago old school. But on Blues Singer, he turns off the Marshall amp, picks up an acoustic guitar and?as the title suggests?puts the spotlight firmly on his voice. Accompanied by an unplugged trio that includes Jim Keltner on beautifully understated drums and Dylan’s immaculate upright-bass player Tony Garnier, Guy sounds simply magnificent, whether he’s high and haunting on “Hard Time Killing Floor” or deep and sonorous on “Crawlin’ King Snake”. Eric Clapton and BB King also guest on what is undoubtedly the blues album of the year.