Will there be a more accurate album title this year than the latest gem from blues great Buddy Guy? Something tells me that the 79-year-old Louisiana native has summed up his life and career quite nicely with the sublime “Born to Play Guitar.”
Not that the legendary blues guitarist needs any help, but Guy gets some from the likes of Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Van Morrison, Joss Stone and Kim Wilson. It’s a blistering 14-track, 60-minute slab that shows us that Guy has plenty of gas left in the tank — even some 50 years after his recording career began.
The title track launches the proceedings and is my favorite song on “Born to Play Guitar.” Additional keepers include “Wear You Out” (with Gibbons), “Too Late” (with Wilson), “Whiskey, Beer & Wine,” “(Baby) You Got What It Takes” (with Stone), “Thick Like Mississippi Mud” and the B.B. King-dedicated “Flesh & Bone” (with Morrison). This is a must for anyone who loves the blues. (Jeffrey Sisk)