John Mayall's 'A Special Life' Out Today!
John Mayall's first album in 5 years is available today via Forty Below Records.
"I’d easily put this one among Mayall’s best efforts – and that includes Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton,A Hard Road, and Blues From Laurel Canyon – so run, don’t walk, to your record store come release day for a copy of A Special Life!" - about.com
"Mayall delivers everything with utter conviction" - 8/10 Uncut
"From a musical standpoint, the album is powerful, passionate and delivered from the heart. There’s no resting on his laurels here, John Mayall is at the top of his game. A Special Life is every bit as good as anything he has done in his career." - Reflections In Blue
"If you don’t know Mayall, A Special Life is the perfect introduction. If you’re already a fan but it’s been awhile, A Special Life is ideal for getting re-acquainted. In fact, a case can be made that his recent work is far more listenable than some of his more famous albums. A Special Life is the blues for everyone of every generation." -blogcritics.com
After being invited to do a guest spot on Walter Trout’s latest album, John met engineer/producer Eric Corne. John was so impressed that he asked Eric to record his new album. Greg, Jay and Rocky flew in for the sessions which took less than a week to record and the end result is one of John's best albums ever, with its deep devotion to blues and roots music. Accordion legend C.J. Chenier makes a powerhouse guest appearance on a couple of tracks, including the opener, “Why Did You Go Last Night,” written and previously recorded by his father, Zydeco icon Clifton Chenier.
The band just completed a 59 date tour of Europe with extensive dates confirmed for North America and The UK.