Award-Winning Blues Artist to Perform at Landrum – The Tryon Daily Bulletin

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Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’Blues will perform at the Music at the Market event

LANDRUM – Landrum’s Farmers’ Market Pavilion will host its Music at the Market event this weekend, featuring world-renowned blues musician Mac Arnold and his band Plate Full O’Blues.

Mac Arnold is a Carolina native, born in Ware Place, South Carolina. Arnold’s musical journey began in the 1950s when he and his brother Leroy built a guitar from a steel gas can, brooms, wood, nails and screen wire after their father refused to buy a guitar. Over the years, Arnold has made this unique instrument a staple of his performances and even gives lessons on how to make them.

Mac Arnold with his gas can guitar (photo courtesy of Mac Arnold’s Facebook page)

Mac Arnold worked with a young James Brown in a band called J Floyd & the Shamrocks before moving to Chicago in 1965 where he joined Muddy Waters’ band. As a member of Muddy Waters’ band, Mac Arnold would appear on the 1966 live recording of Muddy Waters – Authorized Bootleg, released in 2009.

Arnold formed the Soul Invaders in 1967 where he backed iconic musicians such as BB King, The Temptations, Otis Redding, John Lee Hooker, Little Milton and many more. Arnold would later move to California and hit the big screen, landing a four-year gig as part of the filming band for Soul Train, an American musical variety television show that aired from 1971 to 2006. Arnold would also provide his signature basslines to success. television show, Sanford and Son.

Throughout his long and illustrious career, Arnold has won numerous awards, including the 2006 Folk Heritage Award and 2010 Best Historical Album of the Year, and been nominated for numerous others. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Music from the University of South Carolina and was inducted into the Alabama Blues Hall of Fame in 2017.

In the 90s, after growing tired of life on the road, Arnold returned to his home country moving to Pelzer, South Carolina where, after a long hiatus, he finally formed his band, Plate Full O’Blues in 2006. The music history documentary, Nothing to Prove: Mac Arnold’s Return to the Blues, was filmed around Arnold’s return to the stage.

Plate Full O’Blues consists of Mac Arnold on vocals and gas guitars, Austin Brashier on guitar and vocals, Max Hightower on harmonica and vocals, Rick Latham on drums and Mike Frost on bass.

Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues will take center stage at the new Landrum Farmers Market Pavilion on July 16 at 7 p.m. This is a free family event.

The Landrum Farmers Market Pavilion is located at 221 W. Rutherford St. in Landrum.

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