Mac Arnold blew everyone’s mind a few short years ago when he quit his day job to return to his true love, playing the blues. His first album, Nothin’ to Prove, backed by his most excellent band Plateful of Blues, was a stone cold hit, and all of the people of Greenville, SC rallied around the blues guitar man. Soon he was all the buzz in national blues magazines. Now Mac is back with a sophomore outing that may well eclipse the success of his debut.
From the talking blues of “U Dog Gone Right” to the jumping title track “Backbone & Gristle,” this one is hotter than a homecoming bonfire, and it is so cool that he included the story of the “Gas Can Guitar,” and how his brother Leroy invented it, followed by Mac playing some genuine Piedmont blues on one of those very home crafted instruments.
There are a couple of tracks recorded live in Greenville at hi own annual Cornbread & Collard Greens Blues festival, including a smokey “Mean to Me” and “I Can Do Anything” featuring students from Greer High, Middle and Elementary Schools singing along. The track is pure joy. There’s no other way to describe it.
Mac Arnold is a man with soul, a man with a sweet, sweet spirit, and a man with major talent. Along with his band, Plateful of Blues, Mac deserves any fame or accolades he receives. All of it and more. The former Muddy Waters bass player is one of a kind. A true Southern legend.
-Michael Buffalo Smith