Sir Mack Rice's career dates back to the very genesis of modern R & B. He made his first recordings (with the Scalders) while still a high school student in Detroit; by 1956 he'd achieved national acclaim as a member of the Falcons, along with Eddie Floyd and Wilson Pickett. It was as a composer, however, that Rice made the most impact. He wrote "Mustang Sally" in 1965; later, as a house writer at Stax, he penned such classics as "Respect Yourself," "Cheaper to Keep Her," and the immortal "Cadillac Assembly Line"--all blends of rootsy blues and uptown funk. In live performance Rice is a soul man in the grand tradition: earthy yet dignified, capable of indulging in both the greasiest funk and the most elegant panache over the course of a single set--even a single song. He's got a pocketful of new compositions to complement his classics, and if his traveling band is as hip as the aggregation on his current Blue Suit recording, Right Now, you're in for a rare evening of musical and emotional explosiveness. Friday, 9:30 PM, Buddy Guy's Legends, 754 S. Wabash; 427-0333 or 427-1190.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/John Rockwood.