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Born to Play Guitar
Born to Play Guitar
Born To Play Guitar cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 31, 2015
LabelRCA Records
ProducerTom Hambridge
Buddy Guy chronology
Rhythm & Blues
Born to Play Guitar
The Blues Is Alive and Well
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars [2]
Classic Rock3.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[4]

Born to Play Guitar is the 17th studio album by American blues musician Buddy Guy, released in 2015.[4] It peaked at No. 60 on the Billboard 200 and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Blues Albums chart on August 22, 2015.[5]

The album won the Grammy Award for Best Blues Album in 2016.[6][7]


  • Buddy Guy - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Tom Hambridge - Drums, Percussion, Tambourine, Triangle, Wind Chimes, Background Vocals
  • Doyle Bramhall II - 12 String Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
  • Rob McNelley - Electric Guitar, Resonator Guitar, Slide Guitar
  • Kenny Greenberg - Electric Guitar
  • Bob Britt - Electric Guitar, Resonator Guitar
  • Billy Cox - Electric Bass
  • Glenn Worf - Electric Bass, Upright Bass
  • Michael Rhodes - Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass
  • Tommy Macdonald - Electric Bass
  • Reese Wynans - Clavinet, Hammond B3, Grand Piano, Upright Piano, Wurlitzer
  • Kevin McKendree - African Piano, Hammond B3, Piano
  • Rob McKendree - Clavinet
  • The McCrary Sisters - Background Vocals

Guest Musicians


  • Tom Hambridge - Producer, Composer, Mixing
  • Ducky Carlisle - Engineer, Mixing
  • Michael Saint-Leon - Engineer
  • Jonathan Joseph - Engineer
  • Nathan James - Engineer
  • Seth Morton - Assistant Engineer
  • Roger Seibel - Mastering
  • Erwin Gorostiza Creative Director
  • Tommy Macdonald - Production Assistant
  • Gilbert Garza - Guitar Technician
  • Josh Cheuse - Art Direction, Design, Photography
  • Bradley Cook - Cover Photo

Track listing

1."Born to Play Guitar"Richard Fleming, Tom Hambridge4:56
2."Wear You Out" (featuring Billy Gibbons)Tom Hambridge, Gary Nicholson3:30
3."Back Up Mama"Richard Fleming, Tom Hambridge4:42
4."Too Late" (featuring Kim Wilson)Charles Brown, Willie Dixon, John Phillips2:46
5."Whiskey, Beer & Wine"Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge4:30
6."Kiss Me Quick" (featuring Kim Wilson)Richard Fleming, Tom Hambridge2:55
7."Crying Out of One Eye"Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge4:01
8."(Baby) You Got What It Takes" (featuring Joss Stone)Brook Benton, Clyde Otis, Murray Stein3:17
9."Turn Me Wild"Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge4:36
10."Crazy World"Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge, Gary Nicholson5:15
11."Smarter Than I Was"Tom Hambridge5:27
12."Thick Like Mississippi Mud"Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge4:03
13."Flesh & Bone (Dedicated to B.B. King)" (featuring Van Morrison)Tom Hambridge, Gary Nicholson4:01
14."Come Back Muddy"Richard Fleming, Tom Hambridge5:11


Chart (2015) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 47
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[9] 84
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[10] 37
French Albums (SNEP)[11] 104
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 78
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[13] 30
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 13
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 100
US Billboard 200[16] 60
US Top Blues Albums (Billboard)[17] 1
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[18] 8


  1. ^ "Born to Play Guitar by Buddy Guy Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Born to Play Guitar at AllMusic
  3. ^ Stubbs, David (12 August 2015). "Buddy Guy: Born to Play Guitar". Classic Rock. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b Fricke, David (31 July 2015). "Born to Play Guitar". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Buddy Guy chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ Steffen, Chris. "2016 Grammy Winners, With AllMusic Reviews". AllMusic. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Jon Cleary, Buddy Guy win at Grammys". Retrieved .
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  9. ^ " - Buddy Guy - Born to Play Guitar" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  10. ^ " - Buddy Guy - Born to Play Guitar" (in French). Hung Medien.
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  12. ^ " - Top 100 Longplay". GfK Entertainment Charts.
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  14. ^ " - Buddy Guy - Born to Play Guitar". Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Buddy Guy | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  16. ^ "Buddy Guy Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Buddy Guy Chart History (Top Blues Albums)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Buddy Guy Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard.

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