John Mayall Says Joe Walsh Contributed "Great Blues Work" to Next Album; Mayall Launches New US Tour
British blues pioneer John Mayall has worked with many well-known guitarists during his long career, and you can add one more name to that list -- Joe Walsh. The longtime Eagles member makes a guest appearance on Mayall's upcoming studio album, Talk About That, which he plans to release early next year.
"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," Mayall tells ABC Radio. "So I thought, 'Well, why not?' and it turned out he turned in some great blues work."
Mayall says Walsh contributed to two songs John wrote for the record, "a slow blues" tune titled "The Devil Must Be Laughing" and "a slow rocker" called "Cards on the Table."
The 82-year-old blues great explains that Joe recorded his parts in a couple of hours, playing live alongside Mayall and his backing band.
"It was a very happy occasion when he came in and joined us," John notes.
Meanwhile, Mayall has just hit the road on a lengthy U.S. tour that's mapped out through a November 20 show in Solana Beach, California. John is touring with a pared-down version of his backing band -- a trio rather than a quartet.
Without the services of longtime lead guitarist Rocky Athas, Mayall says he will quite busy on stage, but he embraces the challenge. He tells ABC Radio that during his shows, he'll be switching between Hammond organ, other keyboards, guitar and harmonica…[s]o with [bassist] Greg [Rzab]and [drummer] Jay [Davenport] on the rhythm section a lot of fireworks are involved."
Here are all of Mayall's upcoming U.S. tour dates, according to his official website:
9/13 -- New York, NY, Highline Ballroom
9/14 -- Teaneck, NJ, Mexicali Live
9/15 -- Pawling, NY, Daryl's House
9/16 -- Albany, NY, The Egg
9/17 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Niagara Falls Blues Festival 9/18 -- State College, PA, State Theatre
9/20 -- Bethlehem, PA, Artsquest Musikfest
9/21 -- Warrendale, PA, Jergel's Rhythm Grille
9/22 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage
9/23 -- Columbus, OH, Notes at Copious
9/24 -- Cincinnati, OH, Live at Ludlow Garage
9/25 -- Bloomington, IN, Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
9/27 -- Auburn Hills, MI, Callahan's Music Hall
9/28 -- Holland, MI, Holland Park Theater
9/29 -- Carmel, IN, The Warehouse
9/30 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
10/1 -- Milwaukee, WI, Shank Hall
10/2 -- Minneapolis, MN, Dakota Jazz Club
10/4 -- Burlington, IA, The Washington
10/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Knuckleheads Saloon
10/7 -- Helena, AR, King Biscuit Blues Festival
10/8 -- Jackson, MS, Gumbo Festival at Smith Park
10/9 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery
10/11 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center
10/12 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Amaturo Theater
10/13 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
10/14 -- Stuart, FL, Lyric Theatre
10/15 -- Ponte Vedra, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
11/3 -- Seattle, WA, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
11/4 -- Seattle, WA, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
11/5 -- Seattle, WA, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
11/6 -- Seattle, WA, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
11/7 -- Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater
11/9 -- Bend, OR, Tower Theatre
11/10 -- Chico, CA, El Rey Theatre
11/11 -- Santa Cruz, CA, Rio Theatre
11/12 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's
11/13 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's
11/14 -- Fresno, CA, Tower Theatre
11/15 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
11/16 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Fremont Theater
11/17 -- Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon
11/18 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose
11/19 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
11/20 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
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