Skin Deep (Buddy Guy album)

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Skin Deep
Studio album by Buddy Guy
Released 22 July 2008
Recorded Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN
Genre Chicago blues, Electric blues
Length 58:09
Label Silvertone, Jive
Producer Tom Hambridge
Buddy Guy chronology
Bring 'Em In
2005
Skin Deep
2008
Living Proof
2010

Skin Deep is a 2008 album by blues musician Buddy Guy. The albums features a number of collaborations including: Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and Robert Randolph.

Background[edit]

Buddy Guy said he was inspired to write the song "Skin Deep" after reuniting with a white childhood friend whose parents had cut off their relationship as teens.[1] He has also stated that the inspiration came from his mother who used to tell him that 'beauty is only skin deep.'[2][3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Best Damn Fool"   Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge 4:57
2. "Too Many Tears" (feat. Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi) Hambridge 4:25
3. "Lyin' Like A Dog"   Guy, Tom Hambridge 7:27
4. "Show Me The Money"   Guy, Tom Hambridge 3:09
5. "Every Time I Sing The Blues" (feat. Eric Clapton) Hambridge, Guy 7:37
6. "Out In The Woods" (feat. Robert Randolph) Guy, Tom Hambridge 5:43
7. "Hammer And A Nail"   Guy 2:57
8. "That's My Home" (feat. Robert Randolph) Tom Hambridge, R. Fleming 2:52
9. "Skin Deep" (feat. Derek Trucks) Guy, Tom Hambridge, G. Nicholson 4:29
10. "Who's Gonna Fill Those Shoes"   Tom Hambridge, Nicholson 4:08
11. "Smell The Funk"   Tom Hambridge 4:46
12. "I Found Happiness"   Guy 5:39

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com Blues 4.5/5 stars [4]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [5]
People 3/5 stars [6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [7]

People magazine praised Guy's guitar work saying that there was "...no doubt that Buddy is still the man here."[6] CD Universe did much the same by writing "...he wails and shreds here with as much passion as ever." and "...Guy still plays and sings like the urban blues monster he remains."[8] Allmusic criticized the production for being too pristine, saying that the album "gleams too brightly" in some parts.[5] The album received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album.[9] The album debuted at number 68 on the Billboard 200, the highest position of any of Guy's previous albums.[10] It also debuted at number 1 on the Blues Albums chart and remained at the top spot for three weeks and remained on the chart for 65 weeks.[11]

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Guitars[edit]

'57 Stratocaster on track 1
Jerry Jones sitar on tracks 2 & 9
Gibson ES-335 Custom on track 3
'74 Telecaster on tracks 4 & 8
BG Strat on tracks 5, 7, 10 & 11
Gibson Custom 335 on track 6
Eric Clapton Strat on track 12

Guest Musicians[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vlahakis, George. "Skin Deep" (Web). BlackGrooves.org. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Buddy Guy Beyond 'Skin Deep'". NPR Music: World Cafe. Archived from the original on 31 October 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Brian Braiker. "His Time After A While". Newsweek. Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Gordon, Reverend Keith A. "Buddy Guy - Skin Deep (2008)". About.com, Blues. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Skin Deep - Buddy Guy". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Arnold, Chuck (August 2008). People 70 (6): 41. 
  7. ^ "Skin Deep CD". CD Univserse. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "CD Universe Review" (Web). CD Universe. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Reverend Keith A. Gordon. "Blues Grammy Award Winners" (Web). About.com Blues. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Buddy Guy reaches new heights on U.S. chart". Reuters. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Blues Albums: Week of August 9, 2008" (Web). Billboard. Retrieved 31 March 2011.