December 11, 2012
JOHN MAYALL AND THE BLUESBREAKERS, a whole set from 1987. I saw him the year before at 12th & Porter in Nashville with my friend Bob Simms, who was — among many other things — a Nashville music god. The crowd was sparse, and Mayall came and sat at our table for a bit between sets and talked, mostly to Bob, but he seemed like a very down-to-earth guy. I’ve seen him numerous other times, most recently at the Bijou in Knoxville. Amusingly, his warmup act arrived with a tour bus and big equipment truck, while Mayall himself came in a Toyota Landcruiser pulling a U-Haul.