Big Mama Thornton

Otis Spann – piano

James Cotton – harp

Francis Clay – drums

Clear Creek – guitar (back in the stone age, when I bought this album for $2.50 it was widely thought Buddy Guy was on guitar, anonymous because of a label contract) Poor Buddy Guy sucks at guitar today and tries to make up for it by using the F word to appeal to the degenerate youth.

unknown second guitar and bass 

recorded 1966 in San Francisco

3 responses to “Big Mama Thornton

  1. Buddy Guy is one of the greatest guitarists in the world, considered so by blues music critics and by his musical peers. Have you bothered to listen to the Rhythm and Blues double CD?

    • We saw Buddy Guy at The Surf two years (?) ago. You wouldn’t have wanted to take your kids. I compare him to the older stuff he did with Junior Wells that was so smooth and melodic. I’ll certainly check out the album you mention. Is it new?

      On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM, alternativebyfritz wrote:


      • About a year old.

        I saw Buddy Guy in a free outdoor concert at Southern Illinois University in 2001 (?). He put on an amazing show. The only obscenity I recall was the lyrics to his song, “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues”. I think Guy is a more complete and accomplished musician now than he was in the Junior Wells days. But I will concede that there are times when he “goes through the motions” and plays by formula rather than feel. There are also times when he aims for “Show flash” rather than great music in his live performances. I still maintain he is the best living blues guitarist (playing best at the present time).

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