John Mayall (from the album Three for the Road available on Forty Below Records)
A wide range of musicians have their music re-worked and re-imagined by John Mayall and backing band Greg Rzab (bass) and Jay Davenport (drums) as the trio set up to record a tour dates with Three for the Road. The threesome had their live set captured on a 2017 European tour while performing in Stuttgart and Dresden, Germany. John Mayall went to his extensive library of tracks from musical peers for Three for the Road, selecting songs ranging across decades of recorded music with tracks from Lionel Hampton (“Ridin’ on the L&N”), Lightning Hopkins (“I Feel So Bad”), and Sonny Landreth (“Congo Square”).
The band stretches out on Three for the Road, following the music as it winds, curves, and smooths out in the arrangements, with John Mayall citing that ‘naturally, my playing is featured quite a lot more than usual in this format, and I hope listeners will enjoy the performances that capture a new chapter in my live shows’. Dubbed the ‘Godfather of British Blues’, John Mayall fronts the rhythm section with guitar and keyboards, sitting behind on the organ bench for the rounded-note riffs in “Streamline” and “Don’t Deny Me” before shifting to piano for the rhythmic patter backing his vocal in Curtis Salgado’s The Sum of Something”. After an introduction, the trio stride into Three for the Road with “Big Town Playboy” while John Mayall slows the pace to steamy on “Tears Came Rollin’ Down” and lets loss sink deep into a Blue groove in “Lonely Feelings”.
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