Sunday 16 November 2014, 19:30
“The Godfather of British Blues” BBC
An extremely rare date for legendary British Blues man John Mayall in celebration of his 80th birthday and his new release 'A Special Life'
"A Special Life" is a testament to John's still dynamic personality and talent at eighty! He and his fabulous band go back to their roots with a pure blues album that rocks from start to finish. There are three new songs penned by John and one from band members Greg Rzab, Rocky Athas and Jay Davenport as well as blues favorites from some of the greats including Albert King and Jimmy Rogers. CJ Chenier also came to join the party on a couple of tracks, including one written by his father, and he adds an extra dimension with his vocals and accordion.
This is John's first release of new material in 5 years, and it demonstrates how the musical bond has strengthened between the musicians that have now been playing together since that time. It is a "must have" for any blues enthusiast!