Mac Arnold's Blues Revival is now available!

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Our newest CD Mac Arnold's Blues Revival was recorded live at The Grey Eagle and includes special guests Kim Wilson, Bob Margolin and the late Willie “Big Eyes” Smith.

WNCW has selected it as one of its Top 20 Blues Releases of 2011. Take a look at these videos from the session at their studio...
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The CD is available on the VizzTone Label Group.

Reviews

“Hands down, this is the real deal. Justifiably the blues male artist nominee for this year, this is a return to the old school Chicago west side that’s more than a nostalgia trip and more than a curio time piece. Pure kick ass Muddy/Wolf howling at the moon with a killer crew in tow, (this time a pack of authentic hitters that made the moves others learned), this is the answered prayer for the straight up blues fan that needs it hot, heavy and directly from the top shelf. A killer live date throughout. The house is rocking, be sure you’re in it.”
Midwest Record

 

I first saw Mac Arnold two years ago on the LRB Blues Cruise. He was playing his signature gas can guitar, left handed. That guitar captured our attention and Mac Arnold captured the audience. Mac was kind with words and generous with his smile, but that guitar playing slayed everyone.

His first band included James Brown. When they first met, Muddy Waters had hired him on the spot. He recorded with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. Not a bad resume for a man who just came out of retirement... he was on fire. Yes, his friends coaxed him out of retirement...and we are all the better for it.

A Plate Full of Blues is a live offering of two parts. The first half is a forty year reunion with Arnold, Charles Twilley's screaming sax and Austin Brashier's fierce guitar work. Mac has described the trio, "Y'all we got us a "Plate full of blues." The second half of the CD is a Muddy Waters Tribute Band with Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin, Kim Wilson and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. Mac, known as a 'shouter' has an appealing gritty voice that is seasoned and credible. Margolin calls Mac Arnold, 'the real deal.' Greg Plato stated that "Mac is the one remaining verbal blues goldmines around." Yes, Chicago style blues...coming at you. The blend of all of those players and the voice....was a fiery mix. The standards were great. However, the song that comes to mind as the show piece, "Drivin Wheel". The guitar playing, the tear -it-up harp, and the laughing, raw vocals had a dimension that was unbeatable. (Word has it that Margolin was so much in awe of Arnold's delivery that he was late coming in on the second verse of that song). Overall, it was a very satisfying CD. The guitar work was mesmerizing, the vocals intriguing, the selections palatable. The Sunday Night Blues Project said "they play a full big sound...the band plays the hell out of each song." Give this CD a listen. I agree with Creative Loafing's declaration: "A plate full of blues? Hell, this is the whole damn meal."

*Mac Arnold has been nominated for the 2012 Best Male Traditional Blues Artist at the Blues Music Awards. He has my vote.

~Jonnye Weber