john mayall Archive

Take Five: Lead Guitarists from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers

Celebrating his 90th birthday this past November 29, John Mayall is the grand old man of British Blues. While Cyril Davies, Alexis Korner and select others deserve credit for launching […]

Album Review: John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live in 1967 Volume 3

Though the movement got its start in the 1950s thanks to pioneers Cyril Davies and Alexis Korner – both of whom were greatly influenced by American blues records – the […]

Album Review: John Mayall — The Sun is Shining Down

John Mayall is widely acknowledged as the godfather of British blues. And that’s not the result of any sort of revisionism; it’s a title he earned long, long ago. As […]

Album Review: John Mayall — Nobody Told Me

In the 1960s when a wider audience of white listeners embarked upon a belated discovery of the blues, it was thanks in no small part to the championing of the […]

Best Music of 2016: Concerts

There’s a bit of overlap where my best albums and best concerts of 2016 are concerned. And there are some old favorites, too. John Mayall Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte NC March […]

Best Music of 2016: Reissue/archival Releases

I love new music, but I’m also attuned to keeping up with the latest in reissues and archival releases. Sometimes those feature some of my favorite artists; other times they […]

John Mayall: “Live in 1967” and Live in 2016

Though he doesn’t actively encourage the label, John Mayall has for many years now been known as “the godfather of the British blues boom.” He’s revered in blues and rock […]

John Mayall: Bluesbreaker and Beyond (Part 2)

Continued from Part One… Considering the string of eleven albums the Bluesbreakers released on Decca between 1965 and 1969 (not to mention John Mayall‘s fifty-plus albums since then), one of […]

John Mayall: Bluesbreaker and Beyond (Part 1)

A renewed interest in American blues gave rise to a musical movement in 1960s Great Britain. The British blues boom would launch the musical careers of countless musicians who would […]