Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues

Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues

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MAC ARNOLD , former bass player for the legendary MUDDY WATERS , is back with NOTHIN' TO PROVE .Mac is one of the original links in the blues chain. Recording with JOHN LEE HOOKER , OTIS SPANN , AND TYRONE DAVIS , he has truly left his footprints in the blues foundation and is still making tracks !

Biography

Mac Arnold must have known at an early age that his music career would read like a "Who's who" of Blues/R&B legends. His high school band "J. Floyd& the Shamrocks" were often joined by none other than Macon, Georgia native, James Brown on piano. After deciding to pursue a professional music career, he joined the Charles Miller group until 1965 when he made the move to Chicago to work with recording artist/saxophonist A. C. Reed.

In late 1966, at age 24, came the opportunity of a lifetime to join the Muddy Waters Band and help shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement of the late 60's and early 70's. Regular guests of the band included Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop.The Muddy Waters Band (as a unit) shared the stage with the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Junior Wells, Big Joe Williams, and Big Mama Thornton ("Hound Dog") just to name a few. During this time, Mac played on John Lee Hooker's "live" album, Live at the Café Au Go-Go, as well as Otis Spann's classic recording The Blues Is Where It's At, which is still rated a five star CD today.

After more than a year with Muddy Waters, Mac formed The Soul Invaders which backed up many artists, including The Temptations and B. B. King. In the early 70's, he moved to Los Angeles to work at ABC Television and Laff Records (Red Foxx). This led to working on the set of Soul Train from 1971 to 1975 and then working with Bill Withers ("Lean on Me" ) before moving back to South Carolina in the 80's.

Mac now resides in Pelzer, SC, where at age ten he got his first taste of the blues when he learned to play his brother Leroy's home-made guitar. Going back to his roots, Mac is serving up a mess of Blues with his own band, "MAC ARNOLD & PLATE FULL O' BLUES". The band consists of Mark McMakin on bass and vocals; Austin Brashier on guitar and vocals; Max Hightower on keyboards, harmonica and guitar; Mike Whitt on drums , and of course Mac Arnold on bass , vocals , and homemade gas can guitar . In the same way Mac shared the stage with some of the most influential Blues/R & B legends of his day, these guys will be fortunate to be in a band with one of the original masters of blues, Mr. Mac Arnold. Bring your appetite and get ready to "Pig Out" on a Plate Full O' Blues!

MAC ARNOLD & MUDDY WATERS
In 1965, having already established himself back home as a bass player, playing with J Floyd & the Shamrocks including James Brown on keyboard , Mac Arnold decided to take a trip to Chicago to check out the Blues scene. He was obviously impressed because 3 months later 24 year old Mac packed up and moved to the Windy City to expand his music career.

There was a club called the Green Bunny Club on 77 & Halstead St. where Mac first met his sax man A. C. Reed who at the time needed a bass player. Mac was the right man for the job. He played with A. C. for only a short time when he got a chance to play with Muddy Waters. He was asked to come out to Big John’s Grill on the North side to sit in with the band. Muddy asked him where he was from, he replied Greenville, South Carolina. Muddy said, “son, if you’re from the South, then you can play,” and so he did for over a year. His first gig with Muddy was the Mother Blues Club. The band’s line up was Luther Johnson on guitar, Sammy Lawhorn on guitar, Frances Clay on drums, Otis Spann on piano, Mac Arnold on bass, and Muddy on guitar and vocals. The band would play most of the show and Muddy would play the end of the set. On occasions he would play every other set. This gave the guys a chance to show their stuff. Mac had an edge because he’d been working with James Brown in the past. A lot of people had yet to of heard of James Brown, so when Mac would play that funky stuff, it got a lot of people’s attention. Mac is a left handed bass player, and if you listen to some of his early recordings, you will hear he was way ahead of his time.

The band would tour from the East to West Coast and all points in between. Cruisin’ in a 1965 Fleetwood Cadillac, all 7 band members and the driver (Bo) at the wheel. Bo could drive almost non-stop from St. Louis to San Francisco with no sleep. One time they were passing through Mississippi, they stopped in to see some of Muddy’s relatives and wound up doing a show. Mac stayed at Muddy’s cousin’s house, and when L. A. he would stay with George Smith and his family of 6 kids. While touring the West Coast, Mac fell in love with the California weather. When he returned to Chicago he told his wife “we’re moving.”

Mac talked to Muddy and told him he would give him time to find another bass player. Muddy wished him luck and said “he would have him back any time,” and that was it. Mac is one of the last surviving members of the Muddy Water’s era, and so Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues begins.

Lyrics

NOTHIN' TO PROVE

Written By: MAC ARNOLD & PLATE FULL O' BLUES

* NOTHIN' TO PROVE

*PLEASE DON'T TELL ME BOUT YOUR TROUBLES
*AIN'T NOTHIN' I HADN'T ALREADY BEEN THROUGH
*NO MATTER WHAT I TELL YOU
*YOUR GOING TO DO WHAT YOUR GOING TO DO

*CAUSE I'M HERE TO TELL YOU
*YEA I'VE WALKED IN YOUR SHOES
*I'VE BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME
*MAN I'VE HAD MY SHARE OF BLUES

*YOU CAN TALK ABOUT THE WAY I LIVE
*YEA YOU CAN PUT ME DOWN
*SAY I'M NO GOOD
*BUT PEOPLE I'VE BEEN AROUND

*I'M HERE TO TESTIFY
*NO YOU CAN'T GIVE ME THE BLUES
*I'VE BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME
*AIN'T GOT NOTHIN' TO PROVE

*LEAD 1 TIME

*YOU CAN KEEP YOUR DISIGNER CLOTHES
*AND YOUR HERBAL TEA
*DIMOND RINGS AND GOLD CHAINS
*MAN DON'T DO A DAMN THANG FOR ME

*I RAISE UP MY RIGHT HAND
*LET ME TELL YOU SOME NEWS
*I DONT NEED MUCH OF ANYTHING
*CAUSE I AIN'T GOT NOTHIN' TO PROVE

*LEAD 1 TIME

*I DONT HAVE NO COLLEGE DEGREE
*NO RETIREMENT PLAN
*CUS I'M FROM THE OLD SCHOOL
*I LEARNED HOW TO LIVE OFF THE LAND

*I'VE GOT EVERY THANG I NEED
*YES I'VE PAID UP ALL MY DUES
*NOW DON'T TRY AND CHANGE ME
*I AIN'T GOT NOTHIN' TO PROVE

*LEAD 1 1/2

NOTE:LAST VERSE STARTS ON THE 5

*I' VE BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME
*I AIN'T GOT NOTHIN' TO PROVE

GOING BACK HOME

Written By: MAC ARNOLD & PLATE FULL O' BLUES

*GOING BACK HOME

*EVERY DAY I WAKE UP
*IT'S THAT SAME OLD THANG
*TRAFFIC CARS AND PEOPLE AND SUBWAY TRAINS
*I WANNA GO BACK TO WHERE THE BIRDS SING
*BACK TO THE COUNTRY NOT HERE ON 5TH & MAIN

*CHORUS

WELL I'M LEAVING HERE
PEOPLE THAT AIN'T NO LIE
CAUSE I'M GOING BACK HOME
GOING BACK HOME
GOING BACK WHERE I CAN BE ALL ALONE
I'M GOING BACK
GOING BACK HOME

*GOING BACK TO WHERE THE CITY LIGHTS DON'T SHINE
*DRINK THE MOONLIGHT AND TASTE THE SWEET SUNSH
INE
*NO TALL BUILDINGS GONNA BLOCK MY VIEW
*I WANNA LOOK TO THE HORIZON AND SEE NOTHING BUT
BLUE

*CHORUS

WELL I'M LEAVING HERE
PEOPLE THAT AIN'T NO LIE
CAUSE I'M GOING BACK HOME
GOING BACK HOME
GOING BACK WHERE I CAN BE ALL ALONE
I'M GOING BACK
GOING BACK HOME

*LEAD AT THE (4)

*WHEN I GET THERE I'M GOIN DOWN TO MY OLD FISHIN
*HOLE AND SET ON THE BANK WITH MY FISHIN POLE IF
*I DON'T CATCH NOTHIN THAT'S ALRIGHT WITH ME AT
*I WONT BE CAUGHT UP IN THAT CITY MISERY

*CHORUS

WELL I'M LEAVING HERE
PEOPLE THAT AIN'T NO LIE
CAUSE I'M GOING BACK HOME
GOING BACK HOME
GOING BACK WHERE I CAN BE ALL ALONE
I'M GOING BACK
GOING BACK HOME

I DON'T KNOW

Written By: MAC ARNOLD & PLATE FULL O' BLUES

*I DON'T KNOW

*I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU ALWAYS LIEN
*I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU ALWAYS SHUCKEN AND JIVIN
*I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU SO KANIVEN

*I DON'T KNOW,I DON'T,I DON'T KNOW,I DON'T KNOW

*I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU ALWAYS TRIPPEN
*YOUR MINDS ALWAYS BACK FLIPPEN
*YOU SOUND JUST LIKE A RECORD SKIPPING

*I DON'T KNOW,I DON'T KNOW,I DON'T KNOW

NOTE: GO TO THE 4

*I REALY DON'T CARE ANY WAY
*ABOUT ALL THOSE CRAZY THANGS YOU SAY
*YOUR ALWAYS RIDING THE FENCE
*BABY YOU DONT MAKE MUCH SENSE
*YOU CANT NEVER MAKE UP YOUR MIND
*BUT YOU CAN DAMN SURE MAKE UP MINE
*YOU WATCH TO MUCH TV

*YOU ACT IT OUT ON ME

*LEAD

*I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU ALWAYS LIEN
*I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU SHUCKEN AND JIVEN
*I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU SO KINIVEN

*I DONT KNOW,I DONT,KNOW,I DONT KNOW
(NO STOP)

*VAMP OUT ON TH 1 & 4

Discography

John Lee Hooker, Live At The Café Au-Go-Go (Bluesway BGOCD39) 1966;
Mac Arnold - Bass

Otis Spann, The Blue Is Where It's At (Bluesway BGOCD39) 1966 MAC ARNOLD - BASS

The Best Of John Lee Hooker (MCA RECORDS) Release: 03/17/1992 “I’m Bad Like Jesse James”
MAC ARNOLD - BASS

Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Warming By The Devil's Fire “Release: 2003” (SONY/COLUMBIA/LEGACY)
“I’ll Never Get Out of These Blues Alive”
MAC ARNOLD - Book: Muddy Waters The Mojo Man (Sandra B. Tooze- ECW Press)

Mac Arnold & Plater Full O' Blues Nothin' To Prove (*New* CD) 2005

Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues Live At Crossroads (CD) 2004

Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues Live At The Handlebar 2004 / 2005 (DVD)

Traditional African Amarican Music In S.C, McKissick Museum FEEL THE PRESENCE CD 2005 “Get On” Back To The Country ( Recorded in Mac's House With His Homemade Gas Can Guitar )

Set List

1. Stomp ( HIGH ENERGEY INTRO, MAC COMES OUT ON BASS PLAYING TO THE BEAT OF EVERYONES STOMP )

2. Blues For You ( FAST SHUFFLE , TELLING THE FANS WE ARE HERE FOR YOU )

3. Ghetto Blue ( SMOOTH GROOVE, MAC'S STORY )

4. Nothin' To Prove (MID TEMPO GRINDER, Arnold's disdain for apologies, excuses, comparisons, and regrets )

5. Call Mac Arnold (IF YOU WON'T TO HAVE FUN CALL MAC ARNOLD )

6. Turning Point ( MAC PAY'S TRIBUTE TO GOOD FRIEND TYRONE DAVIS )

7. I Refuse ( SLOW BLUES, VERY INTENSE WITH A R&B FEEL)

8. Goin' Back Home ( SWING BLUES ABOUT THE ROAD )

9. Mojo Working (TRIBUTE TO MUDDY , MAC PLAYS THE SAME BASS WITH THE BASS PLAYER AT THE SAME TIME! THEN CHANGES TO BASS IN MID OF THE SONG )

10. Can't You See What You're Doing To Me ( FUNKY BLUES, MAC ON BASS )

11. Back To The Country ( MAC PLAYS HOMEMADE GUITAR & AMP,WAY BACK BLUES )

12. The Truth ( DANCE BLUES )

13. Chicken Foot ( INTENSE BOOGIE SHUFFLE, 2 BASSES, HE BRINGS PEOPLE ON STAGE TO DAN