Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Keep it to Myself

Buddy Guy, who is known mostly as a flashy guitar player of exceptional capabilities--the missing link between Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix, as well as a huge influence on all kinds of rock guitarists--is also a great singer, something that is rarely noted. When he was still a boy, his father took him to see Guitar Slim in Baton Rouge, and it was there that he got his first taste of hot-dog theatrics when he saw Slim make his entrance to the stage through the crowd while playing on the shoulders of his personal 'valet.' This left a lasting impression on the budding musician, who today, still parades through the audience during his stage show. He's also one of my favorite blues singers. This record, which is unusual in that there is no guitar solo, and barely an audible guitar at all, is a soul-blues number driven by Paul Upchurch's funky bass line and punctuating horns worthy of Bobby 'Blue' Bland. Written by producer/arranger Gene Barge, it's a song about a gossiping big mouth woman. This is one of my favorite records and opens with the memorable line, "Baby, you know you ain't nothing but a Frigidaire!"

Dig it, and keep it to yourself...


by Buddy Guy, 1966.
available on Buddy's Blues


Lily Turner said...

pretty darned fabulous track.
and the word verification word is... DIFLU. funny.

Tony Patti said...

A Birthday Flu! I'm psyched.