John Mayall with new Bluesbreakers

Hello Eb'ers (old ones, lurkers and hopefully new ones), There is not much traffic on these pages these days so let's give it another try to start some lively discussions and exchanges. Herm is also ready for that:-)

As the regulars know, I am a big fan of John Mayall and all of his great sidemen over the past 40 something years.

I have just looked up the 2009 tour schedule and am sure that I will have a chance to catch up with the Bluesbreakers again in either Germany or Switzerland.

When I looked up the band information I found to my great surprise a completely new set of Bluesbreakers. Buddy Whittington is not on there anymore - and no information other than that. So, will have to follow up what Buddy is doing these days. Would anyone know more? I really liked him as a Bluesbreaker - but then, I did like Peter Green, Clapton, Mick Taylor, Coco Montoya and Walter Trout too - just to name the most known ones.

But I was equally and positively surprised to read that Rocky Athas is now replacing Buddy. And looking at Rocky's own solo career and recordings that is another great pick.

Greg Rzab on bass and Jay Davenport on drums complete the band - good additions and sure no beginners...

That said, I am looking forward to seeing and hearing the new line up later this year.

Hope everyone is doing well and also hope to see some of the EB regulars back and posting.

Take care

Karl, I haven't been here for


I haven't been here for a few years, I used to talk with you when I lived in Charlotte NC,
I have started my own Blues Band and have been playing with it for 3 years now. I recently ran into a mutual friend of ours Walter Trout, in Charlotte at the Double Door. I have some nice pix of he and I with his band and my wife even got in a few shots. Walter signed my guitar and I have pix of that event. The Bluesbreakers are a great band and Walter, Coco, and Clapton made it very worthwhile to listen to them. You still in Germany? Dusseldorf I believe? You ever listen to Danny Bryant? Hope this finds you well.
Peace my brother,


Buddy has a solo album out

Buddy has a solo album out and it is great! Check him out on myspace...

John Mayall decided to go in a new direction with his band... I will miss Buddy and Joe Yuele...