JM: “Bring It On Home To Me” by Sam Cooke.
AL: What’s your favorite Jerry Garcia Band song/Grateful Dead song?
JM: “Brown Eyed Woman” is up there. “Deal” and “Dire Wolf” too. I dig the bluesy country side of the Dead and I’m always a sucker for any of the Garcia ballads like “Morning Dew,” “Ramble On Rose” or “Wharf Rat.”
AL: Did you ever identify with being a deadhead?
JM: I can get with the ‘On the Bus’ mentality. When I was a teenager I was really drawn to the 60’s beat writers. Kerouac and Kesey and those guys along with the music and culture resonates with me. I’m a ‘do unto others’ kind of guy and the Deadhead scene has always had that side to it which I dig.
AL: What group or artist do you hope to share the stage with in the near future?
JM: I’m looking forward to playing with Aaron Neville at Jazz Fest this year and I’ve got my eye on Stevie Wonder.
AL: How do you plan to continue to stretch yourself musically, what else is on the horizon?
JM: I try to stretch myself every time I’m on stage or sitting down to write a song. I’m excited to get a new album ready as well as playing with as many badasses as possible.