Vocals, bass and Gas Can Guitars
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’ Wolfe, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Junior Wells, Big Joe Williams, and Big Mama Thornton 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”.
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 Los Angeles to work at ABC Television and LAFF RECORDS (Redd 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 in his field
Mac now resides in Pelzer, SC, where at the age of 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 Danny Keylon on bass and vocals, Austin Brashier on guitar and vocals, Max Hightower on keyboards, harmonica, guitar, and vocals, Mike Whitt on drums, and Mac Arnold on vocals, bass and Gas Can Guitars.
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9 Oct 2011 | Volunteers |
“I Can Do Anything” is an uplifting song written by Mac Arnold and Max Hightower that speaks to children about the importance of staying in school and getting their education. Mac and Max decided to approach the music coordinators at local schools in Greer, South Carolina about performing the song with them at a music festival being presented by Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues.
Music was provided to the schools and with the help of the music teachers, Mac, and his band, the song was taught to students in the Greer Elementary, Middle, and High School. Both the choirs and the marching bands were included.
The resulting performance was nothing short of magic and the idea of creating a Foundation that would teach schools how to produce and perform musical events to financially support their music and arts programs was born.
“I had a chance to see Mac and the band in Greenville last year and thoroughly enjoyed every second of the performance. So thrilled, I bought both of the CDs at the show. After listening to them over and over while driving my daughter to school, my 2 year old asks every morning to hear “the education song”. She knows all the lyrics and it is a joy to hear her sing “I can do anything”. Keep doing what you are doing Mac. I can’t wait to see you all again soon.”
Music Curriculum is an important part of the Foundation. We know that getting a child involved and excited about music will improve everything else that child does in school.
Children are highlighted in the performances and the one on one attention they receive during preparation for a show is something they will never forget.