Buddy Guy, “Living Proof”

At 83, Buddy Guy is the elder statesman of the blues, a Chicago legend whose unique guitar vocabulary and six-string mastery leave most other guitarists shaking their heads in wonderment. He continues to record and tour regularly, and for more than a decade his go-to man for drums, production, and a lot of songwriting has been Tom Hambridge, whose songwriting success alone, especially in the blues arena, eclipses that of most writers. Hambridge was the sole author of “Living Proof,” the title track of Guy’s 2010 Grammy-winning album. “Living Proof” is somewhat unusual for a modern-day blues song; where the origins of lyrics by such Delta blues writers as Blind Willie Johnson and Robert Johnson (no relation) had deep roots in spiritual matters, that’s not so much the case these days. But Hambridge’s “Living Proof” lyric obviously comes from the same place of faith as the work of some of the greats, with lines like When you're too weak to walk, He'll carry you through I'm living proof And Just say a prayer, He'll listen to you I'm living proof. Hambridge says that his belief in the Almighty led him to write “Living Proof.” “I believe in God and I…

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