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British blues legend John Mayall tours to support new studio LP

John Mayall is hitting the road on his 80th Birthday Celebration Tour, which happens to coincide with the release of "A Special Life," his first new studio LP in five years.

John Mayall is taking his new album on the road as part of his 80th Birthday Celebration Tour.

The Godfather of the British Blues released "A Special Life," his first studio LP in five years, via Forty Below Records. The album reunites Mayall with his backing band from 2009's "Tough" album — guitarist Rocky Athas, bassist Greg Rzab and drummer Jay Davenport.

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John Mayall is putting on plenty of miles this summer and fall. He's touring to support his latest studio album, "A Special Life." His backing band includes (from left) drummer Jay Davenport, bassist Greg Rzab and guitarist Rocky Athas. Publicity photo courtesy

"A Special Life" features three new Mayall-penned songs and a reworked Mayall classic. Accordion player C.J. Chenier joins the ensemble for the track "Why Did You Go Last Night," which was written and previously recorded his father, Zydeco musician Clifton Chenier. The album also features covers of Jimmy Rogers' "That's All Right," Albert King's "Floodin' In California," Sonny Landreth's "Speak of The Devil," Jimmy McCracklin's "I Just Got To Know" and Eddie Taylor's "Big Town Playboy," plus a new song written by Rzab and Athas.

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John Mayall is touring to support his first studio album in five years, "A Special Life."

In the early 1960s, Mayall was making a living as a graphic designer. Once word got out that Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies' were opening a club devoted to blues music in Ealing, Mayall left graphic design behind and began assembling the Bluesbreakers, a band that would boast many a famous musician among its ranks. Eric Clapton joined up after he quit The Yardbirds; Clapton and bassist Jack Bruce left shortly after the release of the landmark album "John Mayall's Bluesbreakers featuring Eric Clapton." It was the first in a line of artists who got their bearings with Mayall and later departed to form their own groups. Alumni include Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood (who left to form Fleetwood Mac); Andy Fraser, who formed Free; and MIck Taylor, who went on to join The Rolling Stones.

You can visit for tour updates. Mayall's scheduled North American tour dates, cities and venues are:

July 8: Quebec City, Quebec City International Summer Fest
July 9: Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, Theatre Granada
July 10: Ottawa Blues Fest, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
July 11-12: Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Thorncliffe Hall
July 17-20: Seattle, Jazz Alley
July 24: Beverly Hills, Calif., Saban Theater
July 25: Walnut Creek, Calif., Lesher Center for The Arts
July 26: Grass Valley, Calif., The Center for the Arts
Aug. 4: Sturgis, S.D., Buffalo Chip Campground
Aug. 14: Austin, Texas, One World Theatre
Aug. 15: Woodlands, Texas, Dosey Doe
Aug. 16: Dallas, Granada Theatre
Sept. 9: Ogunquit, Maine, Jonathan's Restaurant
Sept. 10: Shirley, Mass., Bull Run
Sept. 12: Plymouth, N.H., Flying Monkey
Sept. 13: Londonderry, N.H., Tupelo Music Hall
Sept. 14: Norfolk, Conn., Infinity Music Hall
Sept. 15-16: New York, City Winery
Sept. 17: Fairfield, Conn., FTC StageOne
Sept. 18: Bethlehem, Pa., Musikfest Cafe
Sept. 19: Bay Shore, N.Y., Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
Sept. 20: Fall River, Mass., Narrows Center for The Arts
Sept. 21: Truro, Mass., Payomet Performing Arts Center
Sept. 23: Stanhope, N.J., The Stanhope House
Sept. 24: Washington, D.C., The Hamilton
Sept. 25: Phoenixville, Pa., Colonial Theatre

Mayall's scheduled European tour dates, cities and venues include:

Oct. 13: Moscow, Glavclub
Oct. 14: St. Petersburg, Russia, A2
Oct. 16: Truro, U.K., Hall for Cornwall
Oct. 17: Guildford, U.K., G Live
Oct. 18: Ipswich, U.K., Ipswich Regent & Corn Exchange
Oct. 19: St. Albans, U.K., Alban Arena
Oct. 21: Tunbrudge Wells, U.K., Assembly Hall Theatre
Oct. 22: Cardiff, U.K., St. David's Hall
Oct. 23: Salisbury, U.K., City Hall
Oct. 24: Torquay, U.K., Princess Theatre
Oct. 25: Basingstoke, U.K., The Anvil
Oct. 26: Bristol, U.K., Colston Hall
Oct. 28: Manchester, U.K., Bridgewater Hall
Oct. 29: York , U.K., York Barbican
Oct. 30: Buxton, U.K., Buxton Opera House
Oct. 31: Llandudno U.K., Venue Cymru
Nov. 1: London, Cadogan Hall
Nov. 2: Norwich, U.K., Norwich Theatre Royal
Nov. 4: Sheffield, U.K., City Hall
Nov. 5: Birmingham, U.K., Symphony Hall
Nov. 6: Southend, U.K., Cliffs Pavilion
Nov. 7: Bournemouth, U.K., Pavilioin Theatre
Nov. 8: Frome, U.K., Chesse & Grain
Nov. 9: Cambridge, U.K., Corn Exchange
Nov. 11: Gateshead, U.K., Sage Gateshead
Nov. 12: Southport, U.K., Southport Theatre & Convention Centre
Nov. 13: Halifax, U.K., The Victoria Theatre
NOv. 14: Dunfermline, U.K., Alhambra Theatre
Nov. 15: Dundee, U.K., Caird Hall
Nov. 16: Aberdeen, U.K., Aberdeen Music Hall
Nov. 17: Glasgow, U.K., Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Nov. 18: Barcelona, Spain, L'Auditori
Nov. 19: Crawley, U.K., The Hawth Theatre
Nov. 20: Portsmouth, U.K., Portsmouth Guildhall
Nov. 21: Leicester, U.K., De Montfort Hall
Nov. 22: HIgh Wycombe, U.K., Swan Theatre
Nov. 23: Dartford, U.K., The Orchard