I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Brian Farmer. To me he will always be the heart and soul of Gov’t. Mule.
He was a vibrant character, dedicated to his craft as the road and equipment manager for The Mule. He was a focused guitar tech and incredible buddy with Warren Haynes.
I have two videos I want to share with you about Brian.
The first is a video of Brian Farmer participating with Gov’t. Mule in the song, “Don’t Step On The Grass Sam” by Steppenwolf. We saw Brian do this with The Mule at the Ives in Danbury a few years back. It really made the evening for us.
The second video is a beautiful moving tribute to Brian Farmer performed at Bob Weir‘s TRI Studios. You can feel Warren’s heart breaking as he plays “I Know You Rider”
Rest in Peace, Brian Farmer. We miss you dearly. #ThankYouFarmer
“He was a close friend, a devoted worker, and a lover of life,” says Warren Haynes. “We traveled around the world together and shared many experiences-mostly while laughing. He will be missed by a huge circle of friends and family.”
Last year Santana conducted an East Coast tour with The Allman Brothers. We saw that event twice, once in New Jersey at the PAC and next in Hartford. It was a very satisfying gig with Carlos Santana jamming with Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks.
This year Santana is teaming up with Rod Stewart for a series of shows called The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs which will cover the U.S. and Canada markets.
I like the two superstars on one card. Rod Stewart is the first rock headline vocalist I ever saw at The Fillmore East way back in 1969. Rod Stewart appeared as the lead singer for The Jeff Beck Group. I loved the contrast of Rod Stewart ever the dandy set against two excellent guitarists, Jeff Beck and Ron Wood.
I have been eager to see Rod Stewart perform live with a stellar guitarist. I trust Rod Stewart will collaborate with Carlos Santana.
The concept for Corazon was conceived and designed by Boa Mistura, an art collective based in Madrid, Spain that works primarily on public art pieces, developing projects in South Africa, Norway, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. For more information visit Boa Mistura’s Web site.
The Corazon album release date is May 6th on the RCA/SONY LATIN IBERIA Label.
I’ve owned Made Up Mind since it was released on August 20, 2013. I play it from time to time. I was appreciating the fact that TTB is still working this recording as part of their appearances. Today’s performance solidified the recording in the music of our heart.
The song “Do I Look Worried” was written with John Leventhal who is married to Rosanne Cash. John Leventhal is an excellent songwriter, guitarist and arranger. He plays a principal role in the success of Rosanne Cash’s latest hit recording, The River & The Thread. Derek Trucks returns the favor to John Leventhal by playing on their track, “World of Strange Design”.
There are very few bands that can light me up like Gov’t. Mule does. Their music reaches way inside the inner core of the music of our heart. I think I will buy a copy of Shout today. I love what I am hearing on Spotify, it’s kicking!
Gov’t Mule continues to flourish creating innovative approaches to the music they produce and do. The Mule takes collective risks as a jam band experimenting and reinventing their music with clever twists.This was clear at the June 2nd Mule concert I saw at the Charles Ives Center in Danbury. This concert was the launch site for the “Prepare to Shout Tour”. Gov’t Mule is coming back to Connecticut to play the Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport on Saturday July 27th.
Gov’t Mule announced on 7/11 there will be a new studio album coming out on September 24th entitled Shout. Gov’t Mule has signed with Blue Note Records and this will be their first studio recording in four years. It is a double album.
The first disc has 11 new songs . Eight of the tracks were recorded here in Connecticut at Carriage House Studios in Stamford. Longtime co-producer/engineer Gordie Johnson co-produced four of those songs with Warren Haynes.
“The Mule holds a unique and lofty berth. They have roots that run real deep — drawing from the entire history of rock ‘n’ roll going all the way back to Robert Johnson and the Delta,” noted Blue Note Records’ President Don Was. “Yet, despite their mastery of past idioms, they have managed to rearrange those elements into a whole new thing. On this new album, they’ve elevated their songwriting, playing, and production values to a whole new plateau. It’s gonna blow people’s minds.”
SHOUT! Track Listing Disc 1: All songs performed by Gov’t Mule
1. World Boss
2. No Reward
3. Whisper In Your Soul
5. Scared To Live
6. Stoop So Low
7. Forsaken Savior
8. Done Got Wise
9. When The World Gets Small
10. Funny Little Tragedy
11. Bring On The Music
1. World Boss w/ Ben Harper
2. Funny Little Tragedy w/ Elvis Costello
3. Stoop So Low w/ Dr. John
4. Captured w/ Jim James
5. Whisper In Your Soul w/ Grace Potter
6. Scared To Live w/ Toots Hibbert
7. No Reward w/ Glenn Hughes
8. Bring On The Music w/ Ty Taylor
9. Forsaken Savior w/ Dave Matthews
10. Done Got Wise w/ Myles Kennedy
11. When The World Gets Small w/ Steve Winwood
Michael Franti is one of our favorite artists. We have seen him live twice in concert and he enlivened everyone in the concert hall . His jubilant energy is infectious.
I am psyched that Micheal Franti and Spearhead have announced a new album, All People that drops on July 30th. They will be touring in support of that new release.
“All People is about the beauty of diversity, being your authentic self in a crazy world and the infinite power of love,” added Franti. “For everyone that’s been with us for days or decades, I really appreciate the love that you’ve given us. The music is for you and you inspire us.” Franti’s impressive career spans decades, albums and many achievements. The singer, poet and activist has amassed an extensive and rabid fan base, and draws sell-out crowds by virtue of his electrifying live shows.
They have announced a local club date on Tuesday September at Toad’s Place in New Haven. I am eager to see them in that setting. The first video “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” gets you up and moving.