Album Review of Find a Way to Care by John Mayall.
Release Date: Sep 4, 2015
Record label: Forty Below Records
Genre(s): Blues, Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Blues Revival
John Mayall fans must feel Christmas has come early. Exactly one year after the excellent A Special Life (which the sprightly 81-year-old toured widely to promote) we now have another excellent studio album of all-new material – and that’s not forgetting the recent live performance from 1967, which was hauled out of the vaults for belated release. The addition of a horn section to touring band Rocky Athas (guitar), Greg Rzab (bass) and Jay Davenport (drums) gives this album a different feel to its rootsier predecessor, while Mayall himself features more prominently on keyboards – a feature of the live shows.
John Mayall, the pioneering octogenarian British bluesman, has been on a late-career tear. Last year's A Special Life received wide approval from fans and critics alike, while its supporting tour found him playing well-attended shows. Find a Way to Care, his second date for Forty Below Records, is again produced by Eric Corne and features the same band that's been with Mayall for years: guitarist Rocky Athas, bassist Greg Rzab, and drummer Jay Davenport.
Still no turning point. It’s never too late for a renaissance. John Mayall is now into his 80s, and the five-year gap before last year’s A Special Life had looked ominous – although he’d never stopped touring – but the sprightly album put paid to that and Find A Way To Care builds on the rejuvenated spirit. ADVERTISINGinRead invented by Teads .