Renowned Blues Guitarist Buddy Guy Set to Release New Album 'Skin Deep' on July 22nd

Buddy Guy to Receive First Annual Great Performer of Illinois Award On July 20th


Silvertone/Zomba recording artist and five time Grammy winner, Buddy Guy, will release a new album titled, Skin Deep on July 22nd. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has created an album of all original material and enlisted fellow guitar luminaries Eric Clapton, Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks on his 10th Silvertone/Zomba studio release. The lead single, Skin Deep, impacts at AAA radio on July 14th.

Elaborating on his inspiration for the album title and song Skin Deep, Guy touches upon a powerful series of personal memories and observations on the ways in which "underneath" we're all the same. "I used to play with this boy, ride horses, down close to where I was born," he says. "Then when we were 13, his parents made us stop. They used to say you had black blood or white blood, but we'd get a flashlight and hold it up to our skin and we'd just see red blood. That's what I mean by 'Skin Deep.'"

In a career spanning more than 45 years, Buddy Guy continues to add on to his ever-growing legendary career. At the age of 72, he graced the cover of Rolling Stone, as part of the magazine's recent "100 Greatest Guitar Songs" issue (his cataclysmic 1961 recording of "Stone Crazy" made the list) and turned in a show-stopping performance in Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones concert film, Shine A Light. Guy has won five Grammy Awards, 23 W.C. Handy Awards (the most any one blues artist has received), a Congressional Medal of Arts and Billboard Magazine's prestigious The Century Award for "distinguished artistic achievement." In 2005 Buddy Guy was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by friends Eric Clapton and BB King.

Buddy Guy has been selected to receive the first annual Great Performer of Illinois Award and will be honored at a special tribute concert on July 20th in Millennium Park for his outstanding contributions to popular music and American culture. Currently, Buddy Guy is on a world-wide tour, with U.S. dates beginning on July 23rd in Silverton, OR with George Thorogood & The Destroyers.

SOURCE: Silvertone/Zomba

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