As I’m sure many of you are aware of the legend that is Mr Buddy Guy it might be somewhat insulting to try to adequately explain how important he is/was within the blues/ R&B sound of the late fifties and early sixties.
However, there may be those amongst you who didn’t realise that he had a somewhat funkier side. This week’s selection is certainly one of those. Much like his contemporaries Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy realised that to prolong his longevity he had to embrace the more soulful/funk sound that was becoming de rigueur towards the mid/late sixties.
Buddy’s Groove was released in ’67 and featured as a track on the album “Left My Blues In San Francisco” and the album certainly lived up to its name with a move away from the traditional blues sound that he was associated with. This cut has a nice mid-tempo groove based around a nice piano riff but there is still lashings of that trademark guitar sound he was so noted for.
As the man himself said – ain’t that a groove…