Mac Arnold and his gasoline can guitar

Posted on: Thursday, Jun 22, 2006

In his career, Mac Arnold has toured and recorded with James Brown, A.C.Reed, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Otis Spann, Bill Withers and others. Now Mac fronts his own band Plate Full O’ Blues.

Last week Mac and the band taped the internationally syndicated Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour which posted the video at this link.

For Mac’s segments use the below timeline. Most media players must buffer/download the entire file in order to offer fast forwarding:

7:00 – Intro and Song 1: Ghetto Blues.

11:15 – Mac talks about serving his home grown veggies to audiences at his gigs.

13:00 – Mac discusses playing with James Brown in high school and Muddy Waters in the mid 1960s and how they influenced rock and roll via Eric Clapton, Keith Richards et al.

15:10 – Song 2: Nothing to Prove, the title track from his new CD.

38:20 – Mac breaks out the ‘Slide Gas-o-tar,’ his three string homemade gasoline can guitar.

43:30 – Song 3: Back to the Country.

54:30 – Explanation and demonstration of the homemade gasoline can guitar.

1:17:00 – Song 4: Blues for You

Pics of the gasoline can guitar and a recent live performance review appears in GRITZ Magazine.

Mac’s website is

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