Multi-instrumentalists Sterling Ball, John Ferraro and Jim Cox join forces for Mutual Appreciation Society. The record also features an array of incredible guests including Steve Lukather (Toto), Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, Kansas), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Albert Lee and Steve Vai as well as the production talents of Jay Graydon, Bill Evans, Rich Mouser and Robert Vosgien.
The seeds of the The Mutual Appreciation Society were planted a long time ago, back in 1972 to be precise. A young Sterling Ball, was introduced to the sound of Albert Lee by his father, Ernie Ball. It was during his time in country rock band Head, Hands & Feet, who were opening for Jethro Tull at a local show, and Ball went to see them two nights in a row and then for a third successive night at Hollywood's Whiskey A Go Go. He was hooked, they met the next day and developed a life-long friendship.
Sterling and John Ferraro went to junior high together and started playing music in high school. After high school, Sterling joined a very small Ernie Ball Company (and later became CEO of Ernie Ball Music Man) and John went on to College at Long Beach State where he met Jim Cox. What was supposed to be a record by a drummer and bassist/guitarist turned into The Mutual Admiration Society. An unintended celebration of up to forty years of friends making music together.