Forrest McDonald was seven years old when he first heard blues man Josh White perform and as he puts it,
The McDonald home was in close proximity to the location of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals,
McDonald joined the Boston Rock Symphony an 11-piece rock group backed by Arthur Fiedler’s 30-piece Boston Symphony Orchestra that year. While playing in the Boston Rock Symphony,
In the early 70’s,
As Forrest tells it,
Some 30 years after they first met,
McDonald moved to Atlanta in 1991. His own label ~ World Talent Records ~provides a haven for the group,
He also received the Just Plain Folks Music Award for Best Blues Album of 1999 for the Spirit of the Blues CD. Penned by vocalist Raymond Victor, the song “Work, Work,”
Following hot on the heels of What’s It Gonna Take?,
In 2004 a chance meeting occurred in 2003 between then Kaylon Ward and Forrest while recording Fiona Boyes Live in Atlanta. The two became good friends and soon were playing regularly together. Kaylon won the 1991 Atlanta female entertainer of the year award. Their first CD together was Nothing Wrong with Dreaming released in 2007. Their new release "Certified Blue”, April 2010, is the culmination of 3 years roadwork and it is fantastic.
In 2007 Forrest & Kaylon released her first CD together titled “There’s Nothing Wrong With Dreaming” on the World Talent Label.
In 2010 Forrest & Kaylon released "Certified Blue" The CD garnered great reviews in Living Blues and Blues Revue.
In 2014 Forrest and Kaylon went in seperate artistis directions. Kaylon persued her first love, Country music and Forrest returned to his Atlanta/Texas roots.
On February 20, 2014 Forrest recorded a new CD with his old Atlanta band adding his lifelong friend Tony Carey on the Keyboards. The new CD titled "Cross My Heart" was released June 1 and received rave reviews.
With McDonald on guitar, Andrew Black on vocals, John McKnight on drums, Jon Liebman on harp & vocals, Lee Gammon on bass ad Tony Carey on keyboards the band is as strong as bands get and then some.
Turnaround Blues - This is blues/rock as it should be. A great mix that brings primarily original tunes together with some of the greatest classics ever written, this one shows not only McDonald’s songwriting skins but the band’s ability to take a cover tune, break it down and make it their own. Bottom line, this is as good as it gets with your clothes on. This is McDonald’s 12th release on World Talent Records and, in this old man’s humble opinion, worthy of a Blues Music Award (Handy) This is blues, top-notch and worthy of a spot among the greats. I recommend it highly to one and all with no exceptions.
Bill Wilson – Reflections in Blue
McDonald’s fiery guitar licks showcase his vast experience in blues-based rock ‘n’ roll and R&B. Raymond Victor’s gut-wrenching,
What’s It Gonna Take? is the group’s best effort yet and will hopefully deliver the respect and recognition in the industry that they deserve. I can’t take it out of my CD player!
The Blues Stalker,
McDonald is a versatile guitarist who shows his best licks on the Jimmy Witherspoon jump tune “Call My Baby.” He also shows the ability to play in more of a Santana jazzy-style and to get down with a slow blues. What’s It Gonna Take? surpasses most independent releases in both quality of musicianship and production.
The latest musical outing, Finger Lickin Blues, from Atlanta's very own Forrest McDonald ups the ante at the blues poker table. Even skeptical blues purists cannot scorn this 13-song disc. McDonald plants seeds of old Chicago and Texas traditions in fields of slow blues, fast blues, jazz and good time rock n roll.
Forrest himself said in the CD's liner notes this was recorded in one take. What a good move. Finger Lickin Blues thrives on spontaneity. Put them ribs on. Butter them biscuits. Grab yourself a cold one. This is one mean mother living up to its name.
Forrest McDonald - What's it gonna take?
Kaylon’s first Performance was in the 6th grade. One student from every school in Georgia was taken to sing at the GA Tech Coliseum Christmas special among other students across the state. She was the one chosen from her school.
Kaylon’s next performance – 14 years old in a bar with her parents and she sang Hank Williams “You Win Again” with the band performing at the time. There was a lot of applause and the customers gave her generous tips. That gave her a lot of confidence to keep working for her dream to be a professional singer one day.
In her early 20’s she won her first singing awards at the Georgia Mountain Fair talent show. If you won Friday and Saturday’s contest then you got to be in the Sunday show with the big stars. She won 3 years in a row singing “I Overlooked an Orchid.”
For six years after that she performed with the Coffee House Entertainers a Georgia based musical comedy troupe performing plays in the South East.
The next few years were spent singing and playing guitar 5 nights a week as a solo performer in the nightclubs and bars of Atlanta. Her persistence paid off when she was voted Female Entertainer of the year 1991.
Shortly after that, a local nightclub engaged her as a weekly host to perform her country folk set. That lasted 3 years.
In 2003 she met Forrest McDonald and started singing the blues with him on his porch in Atlanta.
In 2007 she released her first CD titled “There’s Nothing Wrong With Dreaming” on the World Talent Label.
In 2008 Forrest released the critically acclaimed "A Decade of Blues"
In 2010 Forrest & Kaylon's second CD "Certified Blues" was released.
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
Finger Lickin’ Blues (2002) World Talent Records
Finger Lickin’ Blues (2001) World Talent Records
What’s 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
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