Buddy Guy is my go to guy when I am feeling the need for some blues. I had the pleasure of seeing him play at a Jimi Hendrix tribute concert at the Roseland Theater in Portland OR and immediately loved his sound. He has that authentic Chicago blues sound that just rocks and seeing him live is definitely the best way to listen to him. He has always been known for having an energetic rocking sound that unfortunately for him always gets tempered down in the studio. That being said, Bring Em In is also a great way to experience his sound. This is his 13th studio album and was released in 2005. It is mostly covers with only one original song on it. Buddy and his band do great renditions of these songs it but also has some amazing guest artists. While Buddy and his band by themselves are great it’s the collaborations that really make this album stand out in my opinion.
On Bring Em In Buddy collaborates with the likes of Santana, Keith Richards, Tracy Chapman, John Mayer, Anthony Hamilton and Robert Randolph. Santana and Buddy Guy do a smoking cover of Jay Hawkin’s “I Put a Spell on You”. The combination of their searing guitar licks and Buddy’s growling vocals makes me wish these two would do a whole album together. The two covers that I think really blew my mind the first time I heard them were Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” with Tracy Chapman and Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay” with Anthony Hamilton and Robert Randolph. Lots of artists have covered Bob Dylan but I think this is one of the better covers and really does the song justice. Buddy and Robert’s exchange beautiful guitar work on this song while Buddy and Anthony go back and forth on the vocals.
If you are in the mood for some good Chicago blues guitar playing this is a great album to check out.