image of the album cover for Buddy Guy's new album - the Blues is Alive and Well, release date is 15th June 2018

Blues legend Buddy Guy is set to release a new album on 15th June 2018 on Silvertone/RCA Records.

The Blues is Alive and Well is the first album out following his Born To Play Guitar release which saw him win a Grammy Award for Best Blues Album in 2016.


Buddy Guy has recruited some big names here, with guest appearances coming from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck and James Bay.


The album was produced by Grammy Award-Winning producer/songwriter and longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge.

photo of Buddy Guy by Josh Cheuse
Buddy Guy by Josh Cheuse

Mick Jagger lends his vocals to You Did The Crime, while Keith Richards and Jeff Beck contribute to Cognac and James Bay to Blue No More.

The Blues is Alive and Well – Track Listing is…

1.A Few Good Years
2.Guilty As Charged
3.Cognac (featuring Jeff Beck & Keith Richards)
4.The Blues Is Alive and Well
5.Bad Day
6.Blue No More (featuring James Bay)
7.Whiskey For Sale
8.You Did The Crime (featuring Mick Jagger)
9.Old Fashioned
10.When My Day Comes
11.Nine Below Zero
12.Ooh Daddy
13.Somebody Up There
14.End Of The Line

In his work to keep the blues alive and well, Guy is to appear on the NetFlix show David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction on Friday 4th May. In this show, Guy talks about the origins of Chicago Blues.

Buddy Guy needs ‘no introduction’ indeed, as he has already racked up a list of accolades including, 7 GRAMMY Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, 37 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

In other news, Buddy played the last show at the B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill on Times Square. The club closed its doors this week citing rising rents as the reason for closing the popular bar on 42nd street.

photo of Buddy Guy & Bobby Rush by Arnie Goodman at BB Kings Blues Club & Grill
Buddy Guy & Bobby Rush by Arnie Goodman

For More Info on tours etc… please go to – BUDDY GUY

Buddy Guy and The Damn Right Blues Band are currently touring North America and have dates booked for Europe in Fall 2018, dates will include a show at the prestigious Blues Heaven Festival in Denmark on Friday 2nd November.

To read more about this exciting event please check out a previous article about BLUES HEAVEN FESTIVAL.