With a career that’s lasted as long as Buddy’s, it can get difficult to explain the scope of his influence to casual blues listeners. Where do I start? What albums or songs should I listen to first? Are they on Spotify?
Fortunately, the Pheonix New Times has got you covered, with their “Five Buddy Guy Albums Every Self-Respecting Music Fan Should Know” article. Featuring a thorough and concise breakdown of Buddy’s biography, and the several musicians who cite him as an influence, the real test was what author Glenn Burnsilver would pick as essential listening from an oeuvre that includes seventeen studio and ten live albums. Here’s what he came up with:
Hoodoo Man Blues (1965)
A Man and The Blues and This is Buddy Guy (1968)
Stone Crazy! (1979)
DJ Play My Blues (1982)
Damn Right, I’ve Got The Blues (1991)
Great list though it may be, this is the type of thing that has Internet comment section beef written all over it. So let’s throw it to the floor: What five Buddy Guy albums would you pick to show to someone not as well-versed?