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Premiere: John Mayall delivers a live one

Three for the Road brings the music home

Photo: David Gomez

On February 23, the “Godfather of British Blues,” John Mayall, will release his latest, Three for the Road, an album of live recordings from 2017. Mayall chose to record in Germany because that’s where his busy touring schedule crossed paths with a company that specializes in live recordings. Heaven forbid that the 84-year-old, still at the top of his game, would slow down…

Mayall, who has famously launched the careers of many of the biggest names in rock (Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Harvey Mandel,  Aynsley Dunbar, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington) has settled down into an incredible trio: Greg Rzab (bass) and Jay Davenport (drums) and, as ever, John Mayall (vocals, keyboard, and harmonica). The trio format allows Mayall’s own playing to be featured more than in a foursome with guitar, and has fireworks a-plenty.

Greg Rzab, John Mayall, Jay Davenport (Photo: Cristina Arrigoni)

The nine tracks on Three for the Road include fan and personal song favorites. Mayall told Elmore a little about one cut: “I thought the song ‘The Sum of Something’ by Curtis Salgado would be a good introduction to the work we’ve being doing as a trio. I love a good shuffle and I hope you will all agree that this is truly a smoking performance. Get those toes tapping right now!”


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