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We would like to send out a big THANK YOU to all of you that have been asking about Jesse. We are blessed by all your love and prayers over the past eight years. Jesse was an organ donor and his wishes were to be cremated and no services. We will honor his wishes. Many have made donations to Jesse…

Jesse Fredrick Farner

  Jesse Fredrick Farner September 27,1988 – July 4, 2018   “HEAVEN STEPPED IT’S GAME UP ” Jesse James Raleigh Jesse gained his Independence back after his long Earthly journey came to an end the night of July 4th. To us, his family, he was the bravest soul we’ve ever had the privilege of loving. He was a Son, a…

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…

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,…