Bobby Mack Press Kit
Key Facts about Bobby Mack
Vice President, Palindrome Records, Inc.
Co-Founder, BMS Music
Owner/Proprietor, Train Time Music, a Texas-based company specializing in production, publishing and artist management.
On stage since 1974 with Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Luther Allison, Willie Foster, Doyle Bramhall, Lou Ann Barton, Jimmy Rogers
CD distribution in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Europe.
Touring performances in Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Scandinavia and the former Soviet Union.
Recording sessions with the Neville Brothers, Lonnie Mack and Doyle Bramhall.
“Highway Man” Bobby Mack, 1999
“Live at J&J Blues Bar” Bobby Mack, 1998
“Sugar All Night” Bobby Mack, 1996
“Honeytrap” Bobby Mack, 1993
“Red Hot and Humid” Bobby Mack, 1990
“Texas Guitars, Vol. 1–The Women”, Catherine Denise, Lin Touratsos, Lynne Campbell, Rosie Flores, 1996
“My Life”, Willie Foster, 1996
“My Place is Close to You” Tolo Marton, 1996
“Let Me Down Easy” Mark Goodwin, 1996
“I Found Joy” Willie Foster, 1995
What the Press is saying about Bobby Mack
“Those guys cook so good I think I actually put on weight while listening.”
Steve Keller – Buddy Magazine
“His fast opening number moved with the power and pace of a freight train and had this fan comparing the music to the exhilaration felt when I first put my head out of the window of a moving car.”
John Pilley, Rip It Up – New Zealand
“From Texas blues, to Rock n’ Roll, to searing slide guitar, Bobby Mack has joined the ranks of the world’s great guitarists.”
Scott Smith, Austin Music Critic
“Try Honeytrap and you’ll be glad you got caught.”
Jim Beal, San Antonio Express News
“Mack and his band play rhythm and blues and Texas-style rock which is a searing and at the same time sultry sound of hot Texas winds, steamy nights and smokey South Texas Road Houses.”
West Coast Blues Review, April/May 1996, No. 16
REVIEW OF: BOBBY MACK TEXAS GUITAR (HIGHWAY MAN) (BMS)
Guitarist Bobby Mack has been kickin’ around the Texas backroads and roadhouses for better than four decades, and if he hasn’t broken free of the glut of Lone Star stringbenders trying to be the next Stevie Ray Vaughan, it’s not for lack of trying. Born in Fort Worth, Mack was a teenager when he moved to Austin, where he quickly earned a reputation as a talented performer, backing up giants like Albert Collins and Luther Allison at legendary venues like the Armadillo World Headquarters and Antone’s.
Unlike the numerous SRV clones, Mack was a contemporary of Stevie and his brother Jimmie, the guitarist drawing deep from many of the same musical influences and sharing stages with a lot of the same players. While history has shown how their careers diverged, Mack is still walking that lonely road and cranking out some mighty fine music, as evidenced by his seventh album, Texas Guitar (Highway Man). A sonic and artistic upgrade of his 1998 European release Highway Man, this 2014 version features spiffed-up vocals and guitar. The studio upgrades can’t conceal the energy and passion that Mack brings to his performances, however, making one wonder why he hasn’t become better known than he has.
The album’s title track is a curious hybrid of Texas and Chicago-style blues, with the scorching guitar and wideopen arrangement of the former and the tight rhythmic groove of the latter. The traditionally-styled “Borrowed Time” is a hard-luck tale with plenty of jagged, mournful guitar licks while “Pourin’ Rain” could pass for a SRV outtake with soulful vocals and devastating fretwork. Mack’s “Doin’ Alright” is a scrappy roadhouse rocker designed to get the crowd on its feet, something that the raucous “Steppin’ Out” does to even greater effect. Mack successfully fuses Texas attitude with Southern rock style on the Leon Russell/Don Nix tune “Palace Of The King” and the swaggering “Pumpkin Pie” pairs an infectious Bo Diddley beat with a rockabilly heartbeat. A solid collection of blues and roots-rock, Texas Guitar is a great introduction to Bobby Mack, the best Texas blues guitarist you’ve never heard (but should).
– Rev. Keith A. Gordon