John Mayall review…February 21, 2018….

JOHN MAYALL

THREE FOR THE ROAD

A 2017 LIVE RECORDING

FORTY BELOW RECORDS FBR 018

INTRODUCTION–BIG TOWN PLAYBOY–I FEEL SO BAD–THE SUM OF SOMETHING–STREAMLINE–TEARS CAME ROLLIN DOWN–RIDIN ON THE L AND N–DON;T DENY ME–LONELY FEELINGS–CONGO SQUARE

The legendary “Godfather Of British Blues,” John Mayall, will release his latest album for Forty Below Records, on February 23, 2018.  During a tour of Europe in 2017, Mayall, bassist Greg Rzab, and drummer Jay Davenport recorded “Three For The Road” on March 24 and 26, 2017, in Dresden and Stuttgart, Germany.  The set is comprised of nine songs, culled from some of John’s favorites and those of his fans as well.

On this set, John continues the “power trio” format he has advocated for the last year or so.  As a result, John is more involved in the instrumentation, appearing herein on vocals, harp, and keys.  The Chicago-blues roots of Rzab and Davenport also add that little extra “something” that only guys who have played together as long as these three guys have can bring.  There are many highlights, including the opening, harp-heavy take on Eddie Taylor’s “Big Town Playboy.”  There’s a jazzier vibe going on with John’s organ prominently displayed on “Don’t Deny Me of my love for you.”  He  closes the set with two of our personal favorites, John’s brooding, original, love-gone-sour ode, “Lonely Feeling,” and the second-line, percussive chug of Sonny Landreth’s tale of “voodoo people” playing their drums down on “Congo Square!”

John Mayall definitely has his mojo in motion with this excellent live recording, and continues to add to his legacy as a true innovator  in blues and blues-rock.  Still vibrant well into his 80’s, “Three For The Road” is another feather in John Mayall’s cap!  We love you, sir!   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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