by Joel Lively
This entry into the Best of the East Bay Party band spotlight feature showcases another of our talented, tenured West Coast blues celebrities. Guitar Mac is a bona fide Delta Blues ambassador, but has been working the California blues scene for more than four decades. The Blues Pavilion at the Best of the East Bay Party is really going to wow you. Find out more about Guitar Mac and His Blues Express below.
Guitar Mac and His Blues Express exemplifies the blues ideal. He may be from Arkansas, but his music is pure Mississippi Delta Blues. He was introduced to playing the blues guitar at a very young age, learning the Delta style which is still vibrant in that region. He moved to the South Bay in 1968 and has relentlessly pursued opportunities to perform and demonstrate this style of music to the masses. Guitar Mac has been playing the Sacramento Blues Festival since 1983, and has performed all over Europe.
Guitar Mac has released nine albums worldwide, and has been graced with many prestigious awards, including Sacramento's Key to the City, Blues DJ of the Year, Radio Producer of the Decade, and been inducted into the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame.
Guitar Mac and His Blues Express' new album River City Shuffle shows us that the blues is far from extinction. The blues is alive and evolving, and you can hear the growth in each new show and album by Guitar Mac His Blues Express.