Living Proof (Buddy Guy album)

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Living Proof
Buddy Guy - 2010 Living Proof Album Art.jpg
Studio album by Buddy Guy
Released October 25, 2010
Genre Chicago blues, Blues Rock, Electric blues
Length 55:21
Label Silvertone, Jive
Producer Tom Hambridge
Buddy Guy chronology
Skin Deep
(2008)String Module Error: Match not found2008
Living Proof
(2010)
Rhythm & Blues
(2013)Rhythm & Blues2013
Singles from Living Proof
  1. "Stay Around a Little Longer"
    Released: September 10, 2010[1]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 74/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Billboard (favourable)[4]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]
Classic Rock 7/10 stars[7]

Living Proof is Buddy Guy's 15th studio album. After nearly fifty years in the music business, this was Buddy's highest charting album ever (until the release of Rhythm & Blues in 2013), peaking at No. 46 on the main Billboard album chart. It won the 2011 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album.[8]

The album loosely follows the progression of Buddy Guy's life. "Living Proof was designed partially as an aural autobiography from the legendary Buddy Guy, opening up with the stark summation “74 Years Young,” then running through songs that often address some aspect of a working musician's life."[3]

Musicians[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Tom Hambridge - Producer
  • Vance Powell, John Netti, Jim Reitzel, Rob Root, Colin Linden, Michael St. Leon – Engineers
  • Ducky Carlisle – Mixing Engineer
  • Nick Autry – Assistant Engineer, Production Assistant
  • Mike Rooney, Joel Margolis – Assistant Engineers
  • Gilbert Garza – Guitar Tech
  • Ray Kennedy – Mastering

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "74 Years Young" Tom Hambridge, Gary Nicholson 4:34[3]
2. "Thank Me Someday" Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge 5:42
3. "On the Road" Richard Fleming, Tom Hambridge 4:11
4. "Stay Around a Little Longer" (feat. B.B. King) Tom Hambridge, Gary Nicholson 5:00
5. "Key Don't Fit" Tom Hambridge, Gary Nicholson 5:02
6. "Living Proof" Tom Hambridge 3:45
7. "Where the Blues Begins" (feat. Carlos Santana) Tom Hambridge, Gary Nicholson 4:37
8. "Too Soon" Richard Fleming, Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge 3:26
9. "Everybody's Got to Go" Fleming, Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge 3:57
10. "Let the Door Knob Hit Ya" Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge 3:44
11. "Guess What" Richard Fleming, Tom Hambridge 5:44
12. "Skanky" Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge 4:16

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[10] 126
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 75
US Billboard 200[12] 46
US Top Blues Albums (Billboard)[13] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[14] 10
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[15] 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stay Around a Little Longer". iTunes. Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Living Proof Reviews". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  3. ^ a b c Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Living Proof Review". Allmusic. Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ Graff, Gary (15 October 2010). "Buddy Guy, "Living Proof"". Billboard. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Kot, Greg (22 October 2010). "Album review: Buddy Guy, 'Living Proof'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Kemp, Mark (26 October 2010). "Living Proof by Buddy Guy". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  7. ^ Murray, Charles Shaar (January 2011). "Buddy Guy – Living Proof". Classic Rock. 153. London, UK: Future plc. pp. 106–107. 
  8. ^ "And The GRAMMY Went To ... Buddy Guy". Grammy.org. February 25, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Living Proof Credits". All Music Guide. 26 October 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Buddy Guy – Living Proof". Hung Medien.
  11. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Buddy Guy – Living Proof". Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Buddy Guy – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Buddy Guy.
  13. ^ "Buddy Guy – Chart history" Billboard Top Blues Albums for Buddy Guy.
  14. ^ "Buddy Guy – Chart history" Billboard Top Rock Albums for Buddy Guy.
  15. ^ "Buddy Guy – Chart history" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for Buddy Guy.