John Meets Joe: Mayall & Walsh United

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John Mayall has been talking about the guest appearance, on which we reported in May, of Joe Walsh on his next album. Talk About That is now due for release early in 2017, and will feature contributions from the Eagles guitarist and solo artist on ‘The Devil Must Be Laughing’ and ‘Cards On The Table.’

The British blues pioneer tells ABC Radio that Walsh played live in the studio with Mayall and his band, recording his parts in a couple of hours. “I’d never met him before and I didn’t even know that he was into blues, but apparently he got in touch with the studio head and wanted to come down and play with us.

“So I thought, ‘Well, why not?’ and it turned out he turned in some great blues work. It was a very happy occasion when he came in and joined us.” Talk About That will be the follow-up to Mayall’s 2014 studio release A Special Life.

Mayall, who’s 82, has just started a huge US tour with his current band, a stripped-down version featuring Greg Rzab on bass and Jay Davenport on drums. They play at the Highline Ballroom in New York tonight (13), with an extraordinary 44 dates stretching until 20 November. There will be a European tour to accompany the new album release next year.

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  1. Mike

    September 14, 2016 at 1:26 am

    John is 82??? I remember John and the Blues Breakers playing a gig at the Granada Tavern in Tasmania, Australia in the early 70’s. They were the first international blues band I ever saw. They were brilliant and brought the house down. I think at 82, he’s a bit older than Leonard Cohen who is still bringing the house down touring.

  2. Dianne irwin

    September 15, 2016 at 8:18 am

    My first concert in The Hague Holland was John Mayall and the Blues Breakers in the early 60th. Never forgotten it, absolutely fabulous.


    September 23, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    His band spawned a lot of. great musicians

  4. Kevin

    September 25, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Seen and met John in Nashville this year, amazingly musician and gentleman. It’s a crime he’s not in the HOF

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