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Buddy Guy Debuts At #1 On Billboard’s Top Blues Album Chart, His Sixth #1 Debut



“Buddy Guy plays 150 shows a year …and his take on the blues, expressed through his plaintive voice and virtuosic guitar, is still scorching…” – Billboard

“…searing…masterful …. [On track ‘Blue No More,’ 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.” – Rolling Stone

“…scintillating … powerful…” – Guitar World

“’Best New Albums This Week’ …Guy’s work on guitar, even at 81-years old, is so much more savage and visceral than his preferred designator would suggest. He’s got some real Hendrix vibes going on here. …One of the best, if not the best, blues rock album of 2018……Buddy Guy is 81 years young and still sounding as lively as ever…With a career that began in the 1950s… Guy is one of our last links to the golden age of blues. …The way it sounds here, though, that age never ended: At 81 years old, Guy sounds vital.”– Uproxx


[New York, NY – June 25, 2018] Today, Multi-Grammy Award winning blues icon Buddy Guy celebrates that his 18th studio album, THE BLUES IS ALIVE AND WELL debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Album chart and marks his sixth #1 album on the chart and thirteenth Top 10 Billboard Blues album.

Released via Silvertone/RCA Records, THE BLUES IS ALIVE AND WELL has been heralded as one of the best albums of his career. Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter and longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge produced the album and penned 13 original songs for the album.

THE BLUES IS ALIVE AND WELL features guest appearances by Mick Jagger on “You Did The Crime,” Keith Richards & Jeff Beck on “Cognac,” and James Bay on “Blue No More.”

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 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.


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 performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater and more (click here and see below for his current tour schedule).


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