Mick Fleetwood goes back to his blues roots

Tuesday, 21 October 2008 09:00 PM Written by 

Remember Fleetwood Mac? You probably think of them as the silky, sometimes bluesy, sometimes soulful, sometimes rocking band that produced late '70s hits like "Don't Stop" and "You Make Loving Fun."

But before that, back at the beginning, right after the Big Bang, in the lat '60s, they were a British blues band. They hadn't yet acquired either of their fine female vocalists, and the guys -- Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Jeremy Spencer and Bob Brunning, joined shortly after by bass player John McVie. But their first couple albums were British versions ofr the blues, like many groups at the time.

Sooner or later, all things come around, and the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band has just released a blues album ("Blue Again") with Rick Vito , Lenny Castellanos and Mark Johnstone, and are touring until early next year, when Fleetwood Mac itself gets together again for a tour.

Here's an article from a British paper that caught my eye, with an interview with Fleetwood, now 61, and apparently enjoying a visit to his roots. Seems like soooner or later, it all goes back to the blues. Here's a video clip featuring guitarist Peter Green in that early band, probably '67 or '68.  A very mellow reading of a blues ballad.

If that's not going back far enough for some blues influence, listen to yesterday's PG podcast -- "Believe Your Ears" -- in which country music critic and historian Rich Kienzle looks at some old-timey music, including blues, from Mayberry's Andy Griffith. Here's a YouTube video from an old show, with everybody singing "Boil Them Cabbage Down."

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