SOURCE: Eagle Rock Entertainment

June 13, 2005 13:08 ET

Blues Legend John Mayall Is Named Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Eagle Records to Release His 57th Album, "Road Dogs" on June 14

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 13, 2005 -- Queen Elizabeth named blues legend John Mayall an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) last Friday. Mayall, also known as the father of the British Blues, has a new album with his band the Bluesbreakers, titled "Road Dogs," due from Eagle Records on Tuesday, June 14.

Other British rockers on the Queen's list include guitarist Brian May of Queen, to be named a commander of the British Empire (CBE), and guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and musician Midge Ure, both to receive OBEs. King George V founded the order in 1918 to honor British citizens that served in non-combat capacities in World War I. This year's list includes 894 people, many of whom are involved in voluntary work of some kind.

"It's with a great deal of pride that we congratulate John on this prestigious honor from his home nation," said Mike Carden, Eagle Rock Entertainment Executive Vice President and President of North American Operations. "He's touched so many people's lives during the course of his career. He truly deserves this accolade."

John Mayall's legendary Bluesbreakers launched the careers of some of the greatest musicians of our time. Former Bluesbreakers Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce formed Cream, and John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Peter Green went on to Fleetwood Mac. Mick Taylor was another Bluesbreaker who continued on to play with the Rolling Stones during what some consider their greatest musical period.

Mayall has never confined himself to the customary boundaries of the blues genre and "Road Dogs" covers an elaborate stretch of ground. Starting with the back-beat laden "Road Dogs," to the Cajun shuffle of "Burned Bridges," and closing with the laid-back groove of "Beyond Control," Mayall maintains his classic style while still forging new ground. Following in the footsteps of 2002's "Stories" (Eagle Records), John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers' "Road Dogs" continues down the familiar path that Mayall himself has paved during nearly 50 years in music.

Upcoming U.S. tour dates include:

7/30/05 Indianapolis, IN                 Broad Ripple Blues Fest
8/13/05 Las Vegas, NV                    Reno-Tahoe Blues Festival
9/11/05 Princeton, MA                    Wachusett Blues Festival
Eagle Rock Entertainment develops, acquires and produces music programming for a wide range of notable and high-profile artists, which the company distributes on a worldwide basis. Eagle Rock Entertainment, Eagle Vision and Eagle Eye Media are wholly owned divisions of Eagle Rock Group, LTD. The company's corporate headquarters are in London, with offices in New York, Paris and Hamburg.

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