Photo by Jeff Brandon
Plate Full o' Blues
Mac Arnold must have known at an early age that his music career would read
like a "Who's who" of Blues/R&B legends. His high school band
J. Floyd & the Shamrocks were often joined by none other than
Macon, Georgia native, James Brown on piano. After deciding to pursue a
professional music career, he joined the Charles Miller group until 1965 when
he made the move to Chicago to work with recording artist/saxophonist
In late 1966, at age 24, came the opportunity of a lifetime to join the
Band and help shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll
movement of the late 60's and early 70's. Regular guests of the band included
Mike Bloomfield and
Band (as a unit) shared the stage with the likes of
Big Joe Williams, and
Big Mama Thornton
("Hound Dog") just to name a few. During this time, Mac Arnold
John Lee Hooker's
live album, Live at the Café Au Go-Go, as well as
classic recording The Blues Is Where It's At, which is still rated a
five star CD today. After more than a year with
Mac Arnold formed The Soul Invaders which backed up many artists,
including The Temptations and
In the early 70's, he moved to Los Angeles to work at ABC Television and Laff
Records (Red Foxx). This led to working on the set of Soul Train from 1971 to
1975 and then working with Bill Withers ("Lean on Me") before moving
back to South Carolina in the 80's. Mac Arnold now resides in Pelzer, SC,
where at age ten he got his first taste of the blues when he learned to play
his brother Leroy's home-made guitar. Going back to his roots, Mac Arnold is
serving up a mess of Blues with his own band, Mac Arnold & Plate Full
o' Blues. The band consists of Mark McMakin on bass and vocals; Austin
Brashier on guitar and vocals; Max Hightower on keyboards, harmonica and
guitar; and Mike Whitt on drums. In the same way Mac Arnold shared the stage
with some of the most influential Blues/R & B legends of his day, these
guys will be fortunate to be in a band with one of the original masters of
blues, Mr. Mac Arnold. Bring your appetite and get ready to
"Pig Out" on a Plate Full O' Blues!
Visit Mac Arnold's official website.
Visit Mac Arnold's page at myspace.com.
Visit also these related Sites:
Various Articles on Mac Arnold
Mac Arnold wins 2006 Folk Heritage Award.
Tax exempt donations are being sought and can be made to The Mac Arnold Documentary Film Fund at the Greenville Community Foundation.
Article on Francis Clay and Mac Arnold by Mark Hedin.
Article by Gary von Tersch.
Article at stanwoodward.com.
Article by Michael Buffalo Smith.
Article by David Owens.
Article at asideofblues.com.
Reviews and Critiques of Mac Arnold Live Performances and Recordings
CD review at stlblues.net.
Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues at The Handlebar, Greenville, S.C. May 6, 2006. Live review by Michael Buffalo Smith with photos by Jill Smith.
Mac Arnold Interviews
Mac Arnold interview at bluessource.com. MP3 file, runtime 05:37.
Mac Arnold Photos
12 Mac Arnold photos at greenvilleonline.com.
Mac Arnold Videos
mac arnold. Runtime 03:48.
Mac Arnold at the Caboose. Runtime 05:49.
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