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Blind Mule back out west

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Sudbury may be cursed, but Hamilton based singer songwriter  John Kirby is hoping the Lethbridge gig, Oct. 29 at the Slice  won’t be. Kirby and  Hamilton based countryesque band Blind Mule hit Lethbridge twice, once on the way out west at the Slice and again on the way home, Nov. 18  at Henotic on the way home from their third cross Canada tour.Blind Mule
“We woke up  to a flat tire and a parking ticket and jumped on the road,” said Kirby from Sudbury at the beginning of the latest tour. He is doing double duty on Blind Mule’s  tour as the band’s bassist. Blind Mule has a folky rock flavoured sound which is reminiscent of  the Bare Naked Ladies and Rob Thomas.
“My music is more relaxed and introspective,”  said Kirby who used to play in a Burlington progressive  rock band called First Time Fallen.
He is glad to be back on the road performing his own material and with Blind Mule.
““We’ve met a lot of awesome people, so it’s nice to see these friends again. It’s almost like you’re playing at home everywhere you play when you have friends who come out to see you,” he said. Kirby is considering a European tour with a new project called  Leominster with Blind Mule frontman Graham Peacefull.
 Peaceful is enjoying their latest tour, parking tickets and flat tires aside.
“It’s been  good times, ” Peacefull said adding Blind Mule has a beat boxer (someone who makes drum sounds with his mouth) instead of a drummer.
“And he plays harmonica through his nose,” he continued adding  they are using a variety of different instruments for percussion including an afro Cuban, cajón.
Peaceful said Blind Mule’s music is very lyrical.
“It’s very interesting music. It’s stories about growing up and Pablo Escovedo,” he said. The band has been together as Blind Mule for two and a half years, the began as a progressive rock band called Gorp which eveolved into  Golden Lake Diner. Since reforming as Blind Mule, they have been  a major highlight of Hamilton’s music scene and garnered a nomination for best new alt/country act for the 2008 Hamilton Music Awards.
—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 October 2009 11:55 )  
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