Hickory – Friday, September 20, the City of Hickory’s Sails Original Music Series continues with nationally-renowned bluesman Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues.

Now famous for his use of rhythm and slide guitars made from old gas cans, Mac Arnold is a 2017 inductee to the Alabama Blues Hall of Fame. Highlights of his musical career include performing with famous musicians like James Brown, Muddy Waters, Otis Redding, and B.B. King, as well as producing “Soul Train” and playing bass on the “Sanford & Son” television show.

After moving back to his home state of South Carolina to be an organic farmer, Arnold formed his own band to continue serving up world-class blues music. The band consists of Austin Brashier on guitar and vocals; Max Hightower on keyboards, harmonica, guitar, bass, and vocals; Scotty Hawkins or Dizzy Dizzy on drums and vocals; and Mac Arnold on vocals, bass, and gas can guitars.

“This band shows everyone how blues should be done and how the genre keeps refreshing itself with new ideas and approaches,” says Sails Music Coordinator Bob Sinclair.

The Sails Original Music Series presents live music under The Sails on the Square in Downtown Hickory every Friday evening in September, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Olde Hickory Brewery and Shadow Line Vineyard will sell beer and wine in designated areas, and there are a variety of close-by restaurants to patronize.

Following Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues, the series will conclude for the season with R&B/funk band Moves on September 27.

For more information about the Sails Original Music Series and upcoming bands, please visit the Sails Music Series Facebook page – www.facebook.com/SailsMusic.
Mac Arnold