We are happy to share with you that John is now in fine health, and he and the band have been in the studio in LA recording a new album - with some exciting special guests - which we’re planning to release next year. It’s sounding great and we’re looking forward to sharing it with you all!
They are also gearing up for another big touring year next year, starting in the US with shows on the West Coast at the end of January, and then in Florida and the East Coast in March. In April, they’ll be back down under with a tour of New Zealand and Australia, including the fabulous Byron Bay Bluesfest. The band is very much looking forward to being back out on the road!
We’re still working on rescheduling the cancelled Euro/UK tours for later in 2020, and will let you know when we have some more info on that.
John and all of us here would like to wish you a warm and restful Holiday Season and a Happy and Healthy 2020! We hope to see you at a venue somewhere nex...
Blues From Laurel Canyon: My Life as a Bluesman (Hardback) Written by John Mayall with Joel McIver
I’m very happy that this book will at last shed some extra light on my full and adventurous life so far. – John Mayall
One of the most common questions we get from fans is whether John is going to release an autobiography and we can now answer a resounding yes! It’s been a while in the works, but we’re thrilled to announce that it is here. “Blues From Laurel Canyon” is being released on the 26th September in the UK and 14th November in the US, and we couldn’t be happier with the final product. We’re looking forward to being able to share it with you all.
UK release is 26th Sept (3rd Oct. for Amazon UK) and Nov 14th in US on Amazon.
John won’t be selling the book at his shows this Fall in Europe and the UK, but if you’d like to buy a copy and bring it to a show for John to sign, he’d be happy to do that.
Nobody Told Me, the new studio album from Blues Hall of Fame member, John Mayall
boasts an impressive and diverse list of guest guitarists, all personal favorites of Mayall’s including Todd Rundgren, Little Steven Van Zandt of The E Street Band, Alex Lifeson from Rush, Joe Bonamassa, Larry McCray and Carolyn Wonderland who will be joining the band on tour. Also, on hand are Mayall’s dynamic Chicago rhythm section of Greg Rzab on bass guitar and Jay Davenport on drums, along with Billy Watts (Lucinda Williams) on rhythm guitar and Mayall’s regular horn section, moonlighting from their day job in The Late Show with Conan O’Brien’s house band.
The album was produced by Mayall and Forty Below Records founder Eric Corne at The Foo Fighters’ Studio 606 on the same legendary Sound City Neve console his one-time bandmates from Fleetwood...
Having operated as a trio for the last year, I felt it was time to once again feature the fire of an electric guitar. This time around, Greg, Jay and I are very excited to welcome noted Texas guitar slinger, Carolyn Wonderland to our ranks. This will be quite a historic move forward in that I have never before had a female lead guitarist in any of my numerous band lineups. She will make her powerful presence felt when she joins us on the 29th of April at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and many more shows to follow. When not with my band on the road she will still be performing shows with her regular lineup so we all have something exciting to look forward to. See you there!
"There have been so many high points in Mayall's career that it's all but redundant to claim another. But Three for the Road is special in its own right, giving listeners ample space to appreciate his skill as a keyboard player...This one's most definitely going to go down as one of the top live performance albums of the year."
On August 15 John Mayall picked up two Independent Blues Awards for Best Male Artist and Best Song for the Common Good "The Devil Must Be Laughing" (featuring Joe Walsh). The song is available on John's latest album, Talk About That.
From The Blues Foundation: "The “Godfather of British Blues” and a longtime crusader for American blues originators, John Mayall joins many of his idols, as well as a famous former band member, with his induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. Eric Clapton...was inducted in 2014, while the bluesmen who inspired Mayall, including Sonny Boy Williamson, J.B. Lenoir, Otis Rush and Freddie King, were among the first inductees."