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Penny Black Music interview

Penny Black Music interview

Mark Farner is essentially timeless. His voice remains as pure and stealthy as it was when he tore the house down during the 1969 Atlanta International Festival as the front man of Grand Funk Railroad. (He rejoined the band in the 1980s and 1990s, and also forged a solo career.) Farner’s toned physique belies years of on-the-road wear and tear…

Grand Funk’s Mark Farner Tries the Acoustic Life

Grand Funk’s Mark Farner Tries the Acoustic Life

Mark Farner is on the phone from his northwestern Michigan home, the day after Memorial Day. It is also two days after a U.S. Army veteran, possibly suffering from PTSD and depression, went on a shooting spree in west Houston that killed one, wounded others and resulted in his own death at the hands of police. When not preaching the…

Mark Farner: The Cussing Christian of Rock and Roll

Mark Farner: The Cussing Christian of Rock and Roll

In 1969, Grand Funk Railroad was an unknown rock band. Two years later, they sold out Shea Stadium faster than the Beatles. Mark Farner — the group’s lead vocalist and principle songwriter — is still touring four decades later. The self-coined “cussing Christian” talks to Here’s the Thing host Alec Baldwin about his Christian faith, the time he almost died…

Next Stop: Chicago

Next Stop: Chicago

Mark Farner’s American Band returns to historic Arcada Theatre on Saturday, April 28th. We hear you Chicago – let’s rock!

Another brother and witness for love has passed…

Another brother and witness for love has passed…

The Allman Brothers Band and Grand Funk Railroad each released their debut albums three months apart during 1969, and as contemporaries and road warriors at the same time, the two bands developed a respectful kinship with each other. Here, Grand Funk’s founding singer guitarist Mark Farner tells Billboard about his relationship with Gregg Allman and his high regard for the rock great’s music. A soulful…

Mark on Monster Radio!

Mark on Monster Radio!

FOOTBALL, FIDDLES, GUITARS, BANJO’S, VIOLINS AND THE ATTENTION FROM THE CHICKY-POO’S!  

Festival to raise money to battle addiction crisis

Festival to raise money to battle addiction crisis

The opioid epidemic has opened up a massive scar across the country – with no region left untouched – but a couple of Cape Cod promoters and a whole lot of well-known musicians are trying to do something about it on a local level: They’re staging the Hope Music Festival at the Cape Cod Melody Tent on Wednesday. For Hope,…

Rock Legends Cruise Interview!

Sal Cirrincione interviews Mark Farner, Todd Rundgren, Neil Giraldo, and Tom Hamilton aboard Rock Legends Cruise 5.