"Skin Deep" is the 72-year-old guitarist's first set ever of all-original material, including six songs he co-wrote and one he penned entirely by himself. Guy says he's been "fighting for that chance" ever since he came to Chicago in 1957 from his native Louisiana, starting his career at Chess Records under the tutelage of late blues legend Willie Dixon.
"This is the first one we had 100 percent of just new material," Guy says. "I was trying to be more creative on this one, and they finally gave me a chance to do it."
"Skin Deep" debuted at No. 68 on the Billboard 200 chart, Guy's best first-week ever. He's currently on tour with George Thorogood.
Guy, who has five Grammy Awards and is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, also received the first annual Great Performer of Illinois Award July 20 in Chicago.