Mac's Blue 5 is a name that up to 2006 had only been given to a fictitious band for the purpose of a couple of solo CD projects that I have done over the last
5 years or so. I've always loved blues music but would never go so far as to consider myself a "blues guitarist"
in the true sense. My lead style is roughly based on traditional blues scales so it comes fairly easy to me and
I truly feel it in my heart when I get the chance to play it with other musicians who feel the
way I do about it. Jeff and Andy from the Kooltones
share my interest and I have included them on my 2 cd projects .
Because I love the real traditional electric blues I've always wanted a real Hammond Organ/Leslie speaker combination
in the overall sound. I'm lucky in that a keyboardist named Dan Pettis
has been a good friend for over 30 years and agreed to be a part of MB5. Also, I HAVE to have blues harp/harmonica and again,
I'm lucky to have know Mr. Cliff Ashmon for almost that same amount of time. These 2 guys really
help to realize my vision of what I wanted this band to sound like.
In the Summer of 2005 I decided to see if the guys would like to actually
bring Mac's Blue 5 to life and play a weekend in a club
setting and they said yes! That dream came true in March of 2006 and it was great success. However
since we are all very busy in our personal lives and our other musical activities we can only do MB5 once in a while.
We played again in January and June of '07 and it just keeps getting better and better! Wish we had time to do it more often...