Bring 'Em In (2005)

«Bring Em In» is a 13th studio solo Buddy Guy’s album released on September 27, 2005. The specialty of this album is that it mainly consists of covers on famous songs written by such world music stars like Bob Dylan, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Curtis Mayfield, Steve Cropper, Bill Withers, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding and others. However, there is one song written by the artist himself. Steve Jordan appears on the album both as producer and as good drummer too. His contribution to the work is impressive and undeniable. Featuring music genres are Chicago Blues and Electric Blues. The album took the 2nd place in the US Top Blues Albums (Billboard) chart and got into US Billboard top 200 being on the 137th position.

«Bring Em In» (2005) with duration of 60 minutes contains 13th tracks that saturated with soul blues mood. In recording legendary rock and blues artists participate including: Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones that plays on the guitar, singers Tracy Chapman and John Mayer, guitarist Carlos Santana, Robert Randolph (pedal steel) and Anthony Hamilton, an American R&B singer. This collaborative work is various and common at the same time and is filled with clean vocals, rhythmical songs to get the feet moving, moaning guitar, and guest appearances by a really amazing union of musicians.

The first composition «Now You’re Gone» plunges listeners into the soul world with sensual Buddy Guy’s vocal. Buddy’s «What Kind of Woman Is This?» is a highlight of the whole album where rhythm coincide with perfect guitar solo. Duet with Tracy Chapman in «Ain’t No Sunshine» create atmosphere of old classic Bill Wither’s song. Carlos Santana contributes a little more punch on «I Put A Spell On You». Anthony Hamilton in «Lay Lay Lady» has leading role, whereas Guy take part as background singer. «Somebody’s Sleeping in My Bed» has some pretty hot guitar sound from Buddy and Keith Richards joins to him on this. The album can be compared with the live concert, where listeners can enjoy excellent teamwork with other musicians. Approaching to his 70 years Buddy shows that blues can only grow further as his talent itself.

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