Release date: Friday, January 28th 2022
On his latest album, ‘The Sun is Shining Down’, out via Forty Below Records, Blues legend John Mayall teams up with a stellar cast to deliver a funky soulful affair punctuated by brass, violins, harmonica and electric ukulele.
Special guests include, The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell, fast rising roots rocker Marcus King, Americana icon Buddy Miller, Scarlet Rivera of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Review, Chicago blues guitar mainstay Melvin Taylor and Hawaiian ukulele star Jake Shimabukuro. Also on hand are Mayall’s longtime dynamic Chicago rhythm section of Greg Rzab on bass guitar and Jay Davenport on drums with Austin’s multi- talented and charismatic Carolyn Wonderland on guitar.
Recorded at Robby Krieger’s (The Doors) Horse Latitudes studio with Grammy nominated Producer Eric Corne, ‘The Sun is Shining Down’ is Mayall’s 5th studio album for Forty Below Records, a fruitful partnership that began with 2014’s A Special Life.
“I couldn’t be happier with the new record,” exclaims Mayall. “I can’t wait to share it with my fans. Each one of these special guests brings something unique to the album and our team works so well together. I think you can hear that chemistry in the music,” raves Mayall.
The album explores a range of styles and eclectic instruments with guests Scarlet Rivera’s violin, Jake Shimabukaro’s electric ukulele and Mike Campbell, Marcus King, Buddy Miller and Melvin Taylor on guitars. As significant as each of these guest turns is, however, they can’t overshadow Mayall’s own spirited vocals, iconic harmonica and lyrical keyboard work.. “John shines throughout this album, exuding a joy and gratitude that are infectious. We all want to give that back to him,” adds Producer Eric Corne.
01 Hungry and Ready (Feat. Melvin Taylor)
02 Can’t Take No More (Feat Marcus King)
03 I’m As Good As Gone (Feat. Buddy Miller)
04 Got to Find a Better Way (Feat. Scarlet Rivera)
05 Chills and Thrills (Feat. Mike Campbell)
06 One Special Lady (Feat. Jake Shimabukuro)
07 A Quitter Never Wins
08 Deep Blue Sea (Feat. Scarlet Rivera)
09 Driving Wheel (Feat. Melvin Taylor)
10 The Sun is Shining Down (Feat. Carolyn Wonderland)
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