Buddy Guy Seeking Control On Next Album
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and blues guitar legend Buddy Guy is making plans to record a follow-up to his 2005 Silvertone album "Bring 'Em In," which featured collaborations with Keith RicharRock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and blues guitar legend Buddy Guy is making plans to record a follow-up to his 2005 Silvertone album "Bring 'Em In," which featured collaborations with Keith Richards, John Mayer and Carlos Santana.
"I want to go in the studio now and be more creative than I have been," Guy tells Billboard.com. "I'm asking my record company now, just give me a shot like (Jimi) Hendrix and Eric (Clapton) and stop having too many people trying to teach me in the studio. You don't see a boxer learn how to box when he gets in the ring, so I just really want to go into the studio and have a chance at four or five of my own songs with nobody saying a damn thing to me, except for me and my guitar."
With no street date planned, or even a label at this point, Guy, 70, is just waiting for the weather to break before he hits the studio. "I don't ever try to record this time of year," Guy says. "I've never had the greatest voice and this kind of weather don't help it. So my recording, we'll probably start putting something together about May, June, July and August when the temperature don't fool with you."
Mainstream commercial success has eluded Guy (he claims one big box retail chain wanted $150,000 just to stock "Bring 'Em In"), but he says it is still a goal. His Rolodex is filled with "some of the biggest friends in the world, and if that's what it takes to get my blues record played on some of these radio stations, I'll collaborate with anyone who will make blues music more than what it is today."
Guy begins a new round of touring April 5 in Atlantic City, N.J., but don't expect to hear any new songs just yet. "I don't ever do my own stuff before it comes out," he says. "To mem that's dangerous. I'm not going to go out there and start singing something that I haven't been in the studio recording."