Re-posting from Facebook 1/6/2010
This weeks Al-Vis and Friends profile is about Sandy Mack, whom I had the honor of meeting last summer at a benefit we did together in Monmouth Beach.
Sandy’s been around about as long as me, going back to the ’70s, when he was in a band called the Bank Street Blues Band which over the course of its existence included local favorites like Johnny Lyon, Kevin Kavanaugh, John Luraschi & Vic Bayers(Sonny Kenn Band)
Since then he’s performed with a who’s who of area blues acts(most recently with Juke Joint Jonny and Nicole Hart)and also fronts his own band – the Sandy Mack Band.
He has two CD’s to his credit, available from Blues Leaf Records, and on them he has several innovative originals mixed in with some great covers.
His blues harp playing has been revered throughout the blues world, and in addition to his formidable music career, he has also served the non-profit community by helping out with the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation and many other causes, including food banks and the Shana Foundation, whose fundraiser we met at last summer.
And he also holds the annual “Harpin’ Help” fundraiser at Bar Anticipation, which is a blues harmonica showcase that raises money for local charities.
And if THAT wasn’t enough to fill his time, he is also a regular at the local live music scene- where he shows up to lend his support to other performers.
His latest CD “Still Going Strong” is being played on radio stations around the world. It was recently Number 1 on the Roots Music Report for NJ Artists and is currently Number 15 on Living Blues Radio Charts for December 2009. It’s available at most online stores, including Amazon and Deepdiscount.com.
It is a pure joy to watch a Sandy Mack show live, which turns into a bit of a review (a’la The Johnny Otis Show) as he features a team of singers, guitarists and other fine players.
He performs locally regularly at Harpoon Willy’s and McLoone’s in Asbury Park. See below for a list of web sites where you can track his career and purchase his music. If you love the blues like I do (and even if you don’t but you like brilliant, soulful music!) you must check his stuff out!
BLUES LEAF RECORDS,
A Division of Loose Leaf Music Corp.
P.O. Box 234, Deal, New Jersey 07723
Fax: 732-531-6669 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org