This February acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Forrest McDonald will release his latest CD, Blues in a Bucket.
“This is actually my 15th release,” Forrest said. “I will turn 70 this year and feel 2020 is going to be a big year for me and this recording. I have dedicated the CD to my brother, Steve, who I lost in January, 2019, to cancer and to anyone who has lost a loved one to this terrible disease. The song, ‘Blue Morning Sun,’ tells that story. A related song, ‘Go to the Light,” was written with positive and spiritual energy for those that have crossed over after passing.”
But don’t worry — if you’re a fan of the quirky stuff from this talented tunesmith — the CD starts with a tribute to big women “Boogie Me Till I Drop” and the title cut tells a story about the ultimate blues road trip “Blues in a Bucket.”
In case you’re not familiar with Forrest - you really are - you just don’t know it. He has recorded with the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. His playing on Bob Seger’s Stranger in Town, Greatest Hits and Ultimate Hits garnered him three RIAA-certified platinum albums, which combined have sold over 15 million copies. That’s Forrest guitar solo heard on Seger’s classic, “Old Time Rock and Roll.”
He has performed with Debbie Davies, Bonnie Bramlett, and Kathi McDonald. He’s recorded with such legends as Bobby Womack, Steve Perry and Doris Troy, and over the years has swapped licks with such guitar greats as Duane Allman, Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck, Bob Margolin, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page and Roy Gaines.
He’s been hooked on music and especially the blues since he turned seven.
That’s when he first heard blues man Josh White perform and as he puts it, “I was hooked!” In the summer of 1964 he hitchhiked to NYC where he met and was influenced by Muddy Waters.
By New Year’s Eve 1964, Forrest played his first live gig with a group called the Seagrams 7. Four members of the Seagrams 7 group, including McDonald, later became the Oxbow Incidents, which was a New England regional favorite in high schools, churches and colleges for five years.
McDonald’s group, Pale Ryder, was formed with previous Oxbow Incidents band members, and included bass player Dave Hayes, who went on later to join and is still with Van Morrison.
Don’t miss this one.