British blues patriarch John Mayall will be celebrating his 87th birthday on November 29.
In a year that has been decimated by a nonstop train of misery, it is indeed a small blessing to celebrate the birth of a man who — along with the likes of Alexis Korner and Graham Bond — served as the all-essential headmasters for the generation of young men who would go on to launch the British Invasion of the mid-60s, including Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood among others.
And on his latest single, a buoyant cover of Grammy winner Bobby Rush’s classic cut “I’m As Good as Gone,” the Godfather of British Blues collaborates with American legend Buddy Miller on lead baritone guitar with Mayall mixing it up on Hammond B3 organ. Miller himself is no stranger to jamming with British rock titans, having spent the better part of two decades working in collaboration with former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant on his recent output of solo recordings. But the chance to work with Mayall on this version of “I’m As Good As Gone” has been on Buddy’s bucket list for a long time.