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After decades of paying dues, Buddy Guy has emerged as the most heralded bluesman of his generation, a hugely influential guitarist and passionate, dynamic live performer. But Buddy started as a sideman, and toiled in the Chicago clubs for a decade before beginning his march to worldwide fame.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B00005CC2J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,448 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Very few artists have attempted--or succeeded in--improving the standard template for classic blues records set some 40 years ago in the golden age of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. Perhaps R.L Burnside's recent heavily produced work on Fat Possum Records has come closest to adding an original slant.

On his new album, Buddy Guy looks to the same source for inspiration; seven of the nine songs here are written by Fat Possum's hill-country blues roster, including T-Model Ford and Junior Kimbrough. Working with producer Dennis Herring (Counting Crows, Jars of Clay) and a small collective of Mississippi-based musicians, Guy sings with a passion that can only come from the same source as the songs. The noise generated in the studio through vintage amplifiers has a live and dangerous feel to it. The acoustic opener, "Done Got Old," does not prepare the listener for the colossal aural assault of "Baby, Please Don't Leave Me." Fading in on a percussion track, Guy's guitar hits its cat-strangling best and never looks back, while the voice sounds energized, vital, and wholly contemporary. Through the 12-minute "I Got to Try It, Girl" to the closing Guy composition "It's a Jungle Out There," Sweet Tea has all the hallmarks of a classic blues album, mixed with a twist of the new. --Rob Stewart

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 05/15/2001
Genre: BLUES

Customer Reviews

If you close your eyes you can imagine being in a theater listening to Mr. Guy in the flesh.
In any genre of music people generally dislike change, they like to pidgeon-hole artists into a mold of comfort and routine.
Mark H. Ballard
Wait till you hear "Baby Please Don't Leave Me" and "I Gotta Try You Girl"....this one will blow you away.
Bill Allison

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By deepbluereview on May 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
"Sweet Tea" is fast being heralded as Buddy's best CD ever. For example, the liner notes proclaim that Buddy "may have made the album of his life".
There is no doubt that Buddy pours his heart and soul into this recording. However, no musician, with the possible exception of Linda Ronstadt, wants to have a cover CD credited as "the album of his life".
Unlike Buddy's earlier CD's, "Damn Right, I've Got The Blues", "Feels Like Rain" and "Slippin' In", which all contain several Guy originals, "Sweet Tea" is a tribute CD to several of the North Mississippi Hills musicians such as, the late Junior Kimbrough, Lowell Fulsom & T-Model Ford who record(ed) for Fat Possum records. In fact, all but two of the songs are covers of these men.
The dark, brooding, often hauting and hypnotic beat of the original tunes is left intact on this CD. However, what Buddy brings to the mix is his exceptional guitar solos that are otherwise absent on the originals. Make no mistake about it, Guy's playing on the CD is exceptional and is the best he has played in a long time. If you want to hear something a little different from Buddy Guy, this is your CD.
On the other hand, I think the impoverished and often over looked Mississippi Hills musicians should be given their due as well. So, if you like this CD I would urge you to strongly consider RL Burnside's "Wish I Were In Heaven", Junior Kimbrough's "All Night Long", T-Model Ford's "She Ain't None of Your'n, Jessie Mae Hemphill's "Feelin Good" or Robert Belfour's "What's Wrong With You" all are excellent, recent CD's worth a listen.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By GKG on April 26, 2005
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After reading all of the reviews for this disc, I would like to add my two cents. If you are one of those types that believes that Eric Clapton is the father of the blues and that blues is supposed to sound like Sha Na Na, Bill Haley, or the Tonight Show Band, then this disc is probably not for you. If, however, you appreciate raw and unpolished integrity, then this disc is for you. This disc is blistering with the sweat and mood of a jukejoint on a hot, humid, summer evening. There is none of this teaming up with Bruce Springsteen or Elton John for a duet type of pollutional nonsense here. You can here some talking between songs and it sounds like they did all the recording live in the studio, which adds some good rawness to the songs. Buddy covers some JR Kimbrough songs on here and does an absolutley outstanding job. I love this disc because it is so heavy. I mean it's heavier than some of my heavy metal discs. When Buddy screams "Baby, please don't leave me," he's not just going through the motions, he means it. Personally, I think this is Buddy's best by far and I sincerely hope he continues to make more discs in this same style. Folks, this is the real deal here.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Badzilla on May 15, 2001
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Usually I find the phrase "contemporary blues" synonymous with "Stevie Ray clone shredding over same old twelve bar". Or even more to the point, "[stinks]". The few rare gems that come along and are truly worthy of the name "Blues" usually have the name "Fat Possum" associated with it. While this doesn't bear the Fat Possum logo, it does contain songs written by some of the labels finest artists, including Junior Kimbrough, Cedell Davis, Robert Cage, and T-Model Ford. It was recorded in North Mississippi and it seems the time away from Chicago proved invaluable. Recent releases by Buddy have ranged from "just OK" to lackluster. With his location change he seems to be revitalized, playing and singing with a passion he hasn't displayed as well since his early Chess work. He seems completely at home singing these songs, almost as if he never even left the south. Fans of his guitar work won't be disappointed either. The vintage equipment used on this album lends his already impressive tone a rawer and warmer sound that compliments the trance-inducing drone of these hill country songs perfectly. A track by track analysis would be pointless. The simple fact is this album is phenomenal. Any fan of true blues will sit in amazement as this disc plays. It's hard to imagine that an album like this could be made in the year 2001. Sweet Tea is a blues umbilical cord, reaching back decades to bring us all a reminder of what the blues is, and should be, about.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Zlbenson on September 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've only recently been exploring the world of straight up blues. I'm from the background of metal, doom, and what have you. Someone referred this album to me.

Christ, this is HEAVY!

The bass rumbles, the guitar screams, and man Buddy Guy's voice on this rivals some of the best rocker/metal guys. This is intense.

I love it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. G. Wheeler on October 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The fact that this album gets such mixed reviews proves that Mr. Guy effectively pre-eulogized a style of blues (Northern Mississipi) that is sadly dying with the rural culture and raw lifestyle from which it was born. Sex, food and alcohol relieved oppression and hard labour in that area in those times and music to dance to at juke-joints was the embodiment and freedom of that life. To see the likes of T-Model Ford in his 80's getting lascivious embraces from young female audience members at recent shows proves the essense of the music and the feelings which create it. Buddy Guy is still vigorous for his age and starting the album with the "old man" song; then breaking into some of his heaviest playing ever over a militia drum-beat proves his point. This work is a masterful homage to the true roots of blues music and should be seen for what it really is... burning sexual blues from a very human, non-corporate era, when people enjoyed (or did not) each other; not things.
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