John Mayall had no goal other than “to make a normal blues album” with “A Special Life,” his first studio album in five years. Which is what the veteran artist and bandleader has done over the course of his 51-year recording career.

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Mayall recorded “A Special Life,” his first release for Forty Below Records, during a three-day session with his band during November at Entourage Studios in North Hollywood. It features four originals plus covers of songs by Jimmy Rogers, Albert King, Sonny Landreth and others. Mayall’s band is also bolstered by accordionist C.J. Chenier on several tracks, including a version of his father Clifton Chenier’s “Why Did You Go Last Night” that kicks off the album. Listen to it below:

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