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Breaking Blues- John Mayall Interview

We spoke with original Blues Breaker John Mayall during his most recent tour to discuss his induction into the Blues Hall of Fame and to grab some unique view points on the blues and a passion driven career.  John has been pioneering a uniquely eclectic brand of blues for over 50 years making historical associations with some of the most influential artists in the Blues arena including Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, Albert King and Buddy Guy, to name but a few along the way in this most remarkable musical journey.

TM:  John, Congratulations on your induction to the Blues Hall of Fame.  Was the announcement a surprise to you?

JM: Quite pleased about it as I felt it was long overdue considering how long I’ve been working.

TM: your brand of blues has always been very “on purpose”, what does being a “Blues” artist mean to you?

JM: It’s an outlet for my musical expression and therefore encompasses all aspects of life.

TM: As a music form, has the Blues changed over the past few decades?

JM: It always constantly reflects what’s going on either politically or personally.

TM:  I love the way you allow your blues to morph eclectically by weaving other musical influences in.  A classic example would be California.  Is this a reflection of your own diverse musical influences?


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