Michael Franti in Asheville, Again

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Musician/Poet/Activist Michael Franti is appearing tomorrow night in Asheville again. He's become one of our favorite touring bands because we like his music and we like what he stands for. A year or so ago he took a few days and helped clean up our river banks and in December he helped with Habitat for Humanity. Now that kind of good will goes a long damn way.

Mountain X: Can you share a story or memorable experience from one of your shows in Asheville?

Michael Franti: Well, the first one that comes to mind was the last show, the Christmas Jam, Warren Haynes came up to me and he says, “Michael there [are] a couple folks that would like to sit in with you, are you interested?” I said, “Yeah, of course, I’m always interested.”

He said, "Mickey Raphael, who plays harmonica with Willie Nelson would like to sit in." And I was like, “Oh, yeah, of course, that’d be awesome.” And then he said, “And John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin, would you mind if he played on a song?” My mouth hit the floor and I was like, “You kidding me?” So we went backstage and we just started jamming.

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