INTRODUCING: MULE VARIATIONS!
My new side project is getting taking off! Mule Variations was originally a trio project with Marc Hickox on bass and Jeff Allison on drums, and now includes a weekly guest. We're calling it 'lo-fi, blues, groove'. While there are some reinterpreted originals the majority of the material is a mix of Tom Waits, JJ Cale, Pops Staples, Al Green, Van Morrison and many of my other musical heroes. The result is a muscular stripped down bar band, with a ton of soul. Excited to see where this goes as I continue my recording of another original album. In the meantime having fun haunting the local hangs again and playing with friends.
NEW SONG PREMIER AT CLUB PASSIM IN CAMBRIDGE!
Music Video 'Suitcase and a Rifle" Directed and Edited by Paul Trainor
'Freshman Year' Blog
Freshman Year- Right around now, almost 40 years ago, I quit the college football team where I was supposed to play quarterback and joined a different family. The gospel choir got me through freshman year. I met the director Tyra Bryant (front right) in the music library the day after turning in my helmet and pads. I was listening to The Clash’s green album and she was listening to something magical and meaningful bleeding through the headphones. I needed to know what it was. So I leaned over and tapped her on the shoulder. We started talking and she invited me to a rehearsal. I went and joined. The warmth and passion of the group was a buoy that I would cling to when I felt like I didn’t belong, and was overwhelmed with challenging classes and shameful lack of preparation. Since I don’t know exactly what religion is, I’ll paraphrase Kurt Vonnegut who said “if there was any proof that there is a God in the world, it would be music”. Music fills me up and makes me feel connected to the world and for that I am grateful. Freshman year is tough. Any beginning is. We are reminded because we have another one now. Just keep your ears open I guess.