Playing For Change and Buddy Guy united to record and film his anthem, “Skin Deep” across America. The song includes over 50 musicians from coast to coast featuring Buddy Guy, Tom Morello, Billy Branch, Chicago Children’s Choir, and Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi.  Originally, this was going to be a song across Chicago to bring light to all the violent shootings across the city but as time marched on, along with various shootings across our country, we realized we needed to expand our vision and use this song as a tool to unite our divided nation.

The Listen to the Music series is our newest body of work comprising 12 new Songs Around The World and featuring Buddy Guy, The Doobie Brothers, Warren Haynes, Dr. John, Jack Johnson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and many more. All music in this series was recorded live outside with a mobile studio and features over 200 musicians from 25 different countries. The is available now, with one new video from the series dropping every month!

100% of Playing For Change’s profits from this album will go to the Playing For Change Foundation, helping to support music education across the globe. Listen to the music; change the world!



"Just like you can't judge a book by the cover, we all gotta be careful how we treat one another"

Buddy Guy

Lyrics and Chords



  • Full Credits

    Skin Deep: written by Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge and Gary Nicholson

    Buddy Guy: composer, vocals, guitar

    Tom Morello: electric guitar

    Billy Branch: harmonica

    Chicago Children's Choir: vocals

    Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi: vocals

    Allegra Montanari: cello

    Alice Tan Ridley: vocals

    Dave Herrero: guitar

    Marty Sammon: keyboard

    Paulie Cerra: saxophone

    Peter Bunetta: drums

    Peter Vale: congas

    Sarah Marie Young: ukulele/vocals

    Terry Wilson: bass

    Waddy Wachtel: electric guitar