Following the success of the early 2006 release Slow Ride, The Daddy Mack Blues Band began generating a momentum almost unheard of in blues music. The idea of bridging juke house blues with classic ‘60s and ‘70s rock captured the critics’ attention and talent buyers alike. Without taking a breath, the band went back into their label’s Memphis studio, this time to record a stone cold blues CD with Billy Gibson as producer. Steeped in the tradition of earlier Memphis blues bands, The Daddy Mack Blues Band focused on their soulful blues roots, with more than a nod to Stax Records. Recording mostly a new batch of original songs, the band also adeptly covers Booker T. & The M.G.s, Sam Cooke, and a raucous version of “Shade Tree Mechanic.” To say “Mack is Back” is an understatement. Daddy Mack’s fiery, emotional blues guitar playing is likely to turn the heads of the often disappointed critics wading through piles of CDs at Guitar Player magazine. His vocals are equally convincing and the rhythm section of brothers Harold and James Bonner (bass, guitar), drummer William Faulkner and guest musician Charlie Wood on organ and piano creates a dynamic cohesion that would be impossible to find anywhere but Memphis. If these musicians are the living connection to the legendary Fieldstones, what awaits them is the type of recognition that few blues bands ever achieve. Although still keeping busy in his Memphis garage, mechanic/musician Daddy Mack is currently the subject of a one-hour documentary to be broadcast in 2007. A ten-minute segment of the film is included on this enhanced CD-- an intimate glimpse of the band working in the studio alongside producer Billy Gibson. Bluestones is an absolute gem and a CD that will likely become a blues classic.
About the Artist
Memphis' no frills blues band that's played the major festivals, performed in France and England, and will be the feature of a documentary in 2007. This CD includes a ten minute "bonus" video clip from the Daddy Mack documentary film.