Forrest McDonald Band

Forrest McDonald Band

 Richmond, Virginia, USA
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Singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Forrest McDonald is a Journeyman in the blues rock music world Lead Vocalist Becky Wright began with the band singing backup on Forrest’s CD Turnaround Blues. Her distinct vocal style is Certified Blue. She is truly a rising star on the Blues horizon. Keeping the driving beat is drummer John Hanes. He is also the most recent band member. On harmonica is veteran harp master Pix Ensign. On bass is groove master Lee Gammon, who played on Forrest’s last 4 CD’s.

Biography

Singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Forrest McDonald is a Journeyman in the blues rock music world.  He defies any easy pigeonhole. His guitar work on Bob Segers Old Time Rock & Roll is instantly recognizable. He picks a great guitar and sings well crafted upbeat songs about modern life.

Lead Vocalist Becky Wright began with the band singing backup on Forrest’s CD Turnaround Blues. Her distinct vocal style is Certified Blue. Forrest often says you can’t go wrong with Becky Wright. She is truly a rising star on the Blues horizon. Keeping the driving beat is drummer John Hanes. He is also the most recent band member. On harmonica is veteran harp master Pix Ensign. On bass is the groove master Lee Gammon, who played on Forrest’s last 4 CD’s.

 was awarded the title of Best Modern Southern Guitarist by Real Blues magazine

His band was voted best Southern Blues Band for three years in a row by Real Blues magazine

His Finger Licking Blues, Spirit of the Blues and Colorblind won the Just Plain Folks blues CD of the year awards

He is a three time Just Plain Folks Blues Music award winner

Forrest played on The Roads of Life with Bobby Womack at the Legendary Muscle Shoals recording studios

Living Blues magazine issue 149 said Forrest's 10th Release A Decade of Blues With A Decade of Blues, a compilation album is finally available that showcases the best work of this prodigious and multi-talented artist between 1997 and 2007. The sheer number of styles and genres McDonald has mastered is almost disconcerting. Few albums, even compilation albums, in recent years have included so many truly amazing tracks representing so many different styles of blues and R&B. To borrow a phrase from the world of McDonalds non-blues music, Decade of Blues rocks


Lyrics

Riding On The Blues Train

Written By: Forrest McDonald

Riding On The Blues Train

Drinking White Lightning, riding in the wind
Gonna tell you a story, of where it all begins
You know we like to boogie, we like to shuffle to
Were from Austin Texas and were born to play the blues

Riding on the blues Train, rolling down the track
Riding on the blues Train, never looking back

Were gonna harness lightining were gonna ride the wind
The blues is a feeling I never want to end
So when I play my guitar everynight and day
Theres not a better feeling it’s a passion I can send

Riding on the blues Train, rolling down the track
Riding on the blues Train, never looking back
Roll on now

Solo

I Love those Georgia peaches, there so sweet and free
And when I’m feeling hungry, I just pluck one from a tree
Bring on the thunder, Bring on the night
Let’s start up the blues train and roll all night

I’m drinking muddy water I’m drinking through the night
I’m grooving with my baby and I’m feeling alright
The music keeps on playing, playing on till dawn
My guitar keeps on saying play me all night long

Were gonna ride, ride, ride, ride, ride
Were gonna ride, ride, ride, ride, ride
Were gonna ride, ride, ride, ride, ride
Riding on the blues train

Solo

Ride, ride, ride, ride, ride, ride, ride, ride, ride
Riding on the blues train
Riding on the blues train
Riding on the blues train

Riding on the blues train

Keeping The Blues Alive

Written By: Forrest McDonald

Keep the blues alive Forrest McDonald ©August 12, 2009
I’m in my car rolling down 95
Yes I’m in my car rolling down 95
I got to keep on moving I got to keep the blues alive

We play our music when we go from town to town
Yes we play our music when we go from town to town
All the people seem to dig it cause they come from miles around

Solo

Well the party starts when we get up on that stage
Yes the party starts when we get up on that stage
I’ll singing the blues until my dying day

We play our music when we go from town to town
Yes we play our music when we go from town to town
All the people seem to dig it cause they come from miles around

Yes we play our music yes we love our music
Yes we play our music we love our music
Yes we play our music and we really lay it down

Solo

Yeah I’m in my car rolling down 95
Yes I’m in my car rolling down 95
I got to keep moving got to keep the blues alive

Discography


Stand My Ground (2017) World Talent Records
Turnaround Blues (2014) World Talent Records
Certified Blue (2010) World Talent Records
A Decade Of Blues (2008) World Talent Records
There's Nothing Wrong With Dreaming (2007) World Talent Records
Colorblind (2004) World Talent Records
Fiona Boys (2003) Live in Atlanta
I Am Sam Soundtrack (2002) V2 Records
Forrest McDonald Live (2002) World Talent Records
Finger Lickin Blues (2001) World Talent Records
Whats It Gonna Take? (2000) World Talent Records
Spirit of the Blues (1999) World Talent Records
Under the Gun (1998) World Talent Records
On Fire (1997) World Talent Records
I Need You (1995) World Talent Records
Greatest Hits (1994) Bob Seger, Capitol Records
Stranger In Town (1978) Bob Seger, Capitol Records
Roads of Life (1978) Bobby Womack, Capitol Records
Silver Platinum and Gold Live in LA (1977) Farr Records
Silver Platinum and Gold (1976) Farr Records
Bad Bad Woman (1975) J.D Reed and The Golden Gate Express, Infinity
The Righteous Rock of Roger Dollarhide (1975) Tom Cat Records
Wadsworth Mansion (1972) Budda Records\

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Set List

A typical set consists of the best songs from Forrest last 10 CD's.

A festival show is typically 75 minutes. Club dates 1 or 2 shows.

Turnaround Blues, Checkin' on my Baby, River of Tears, Cross My Heart, I'm a Fool, V8 Ford, R&R Bye bye bye, I'm a Fool, Only Love, Funny Thing Baby, Riding on the Blues Train, I Feel So Good, Gas Pump Blues, People I'm Hurting,
You Keep Telling me your leaving, Texas, Guitar String Blues, Blues In The Basement, Going Back To Memphis, ,
Traveling South, Cherry Red Wine, Chicken Scratch Boogie, Keeping the Blues Alive