Buddy Guy has shared his searing, six-minute-long rendition of Nine Below Zero, the first preview from the iconic blues man’s upcoming album The Blues Is Alive and Well. You can hear the track below.
“Ain’t this a pity? / People you know it’s a damn crying shame / Well you know it’s nine below zero / And this woman put me down for another man,” Guy bellows on the captivating Nine Below Zero, originally penned by Sonny Boy Williamson. “Well I give her all my money / All my love and everything.” Arguably the highlight, however, is the masterful, minute-long guitar solo that Guy, doles out in the middle of the track.
Buddy Guy’s new album The Blues Is Alive and Well, his first since 2015’s Born To Play Guitar, is due for release on 15 June 15. The album features guest appearances by Mick Jagger (‘You Did the Crime’), Keith Richards and Jeff Beck (‘Cognac’) and James Bay (‘Blue No More’).
The Americana Music Association also announced today that Guy would be the recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. Guy will receive the honor at a September 12th ceremony at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
“Buddy Guy’s incomparable musical craftsmanship has been lovingly shared with us over the years,” AMA executive director Jed Hilly said in a statement. “As a community [that] reveres and honors ground-breaking artists and their work, we are humbled to present Buddy with this Lifetime Achievement honor in recognition and thanks for his musical and artistic contribution.”
Guy recently appeared on David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction to discuss Chicago blues. “We all was from the South, and we came in [because] the Chess Brothers recorded here, and that’s when they started calling us ‘Chicago,'” he told Letterman. “But if you really want to be honest about it, you should call it the ‘Southern blues.”
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