As a captivating British guitarist to glam pioneers Mott The Hoople and later fantasy rock and roll weavers Bad Company, Mick Ralphs was instrumental in creating a number of A-side singles with the two groups that have become classics of airplay.
With no current activity with either of these projects, Ralphs is currently running a blues cover project revisiting the early tracks that heavily influenced him as a player. He also spent some time remembering the end of his relationship with Mott The Hoople and the subsequent birth of Bad Company.
Ralphs tells Classic Rock that Mott “got into the mainstream thanks to David Bowie. They went from an underground group with a cult to a pop group. It was “great for them” but Ralphs became “disenchanted” with it. “It wasn’t my cup of tea” and he says Ian Hunter understood his exit.
It was Ralphs’ blues influences that brought him closer to Free frontman Paul Rodgers.
“I always liked it on my free days. He supported Mott years ago with his band Peace and we have [to] talk and at first we were just going to work together on songs before we made Bad Company. “
Ralphs and Rodgers shared a lot of favorite artists in common, artists like Muddy Waters, Otis Span, and Freddie King – to the point that when The Bad Company started, “it was basically a blues band.”
Mick had hoped to reunite with Bad Company or Mott last year for a few reunion dates, but in the end Paul went on a solo tour and Mott’s reunion plans were dissolved, “in the grip of politics.”
His current blues project is very natural. “I think as you get older you mellow a lot more. Having gone through ups and downs in life, I feel more qualified to play the blues.