GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Listen: Buddy Guy & Keith Urban
GRAMMY-winning blues icon Buddy Guy is set to release his new album, Rhythm & Blues, on July 30. Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen to the blues ballad "One Day Away," featuring fellow GRAMMY winner Keith Urban.
"I listen to everything, regardless of what type of music it's branded," said Guy, regarding his collaboration with Urban. "If I hear a guitar that makes me pat my feet, and try to not go to sleep 'cause I'm afraid I might miss something, it's all right with me. Any guy who can think about playing music is a friend of mine, and the door is always open."
Growing up amid the '50s Baton Rouge, La., blues scene, Guy played his first gigs with the likes of bandleader "Big Poppa" John Tilley and harpist Raful Neal's band before taking his guitar to Chicago's famed Chess Records. Throughout the '60s he released several sides on Chess, including "Let Me Love You Baby," "Stone Crazy," "Leave My Girl Alone," and "No Lie," and worked as a session guitarist for fellow blues artists such as Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Koko Taylor, Muddy Waters, and Sonny Boy Williamson.
In 1991 Guy won a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Blues Album for Damn Right, I've Got The Blues, and picked up the same honor for 1993's Feels Like Rain and 1995's Slippin' In. In 2003 Guy released Blues Singer, which earned a GRAMMY for Best Traditional Blues Album. He garnered his sixth GRAMMY Award to date in 2010 for Living Proof, which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart.
Rhythm & Blues, the first double album of Guy's career, features 21 tracks, including collaborations with members of Aerosmith, Gary Clark Jr., Beth Hart, Kid Rock, and Urban. Guy is currently in the midst of a North American tour, with dates scheduled through November.