The Flying Mules are...
Daniel Meade, Lloyd Reid, Mark Ferrie and Thomas Sutherland.
'Fresh from opening for and working with the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show, pokey Lafarge, Willie Watson & Sturgill Simpson, The Flying Mules are a lively proposition. The perfect blend of country blues, honky-tonk, ragtime & much more.'
Having signed a deal with roots movers and shakers At The Helm Records to release new album 'Let Me Off At The Bottom' (May 27th 2016), things continue to move in the right direction For The band.
2016 promises to be a great year, with slots already booked at 'Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival,' 'Maverick Festival', 'Eden Festival' and 'Americana Festival 2016' amongst others.
Glasgow's Daniel Meade released his self-recorded, 'kitchen-made', debut solo album 'As Good As Bad Can Be’ in 2013 to critical acclaim in the UK, attracting much radio exposure, which led to a coveted BBC Introducing Session on 'Another Country With Ricky Ross' which showcased a live and very well-received performance.
Since then he has travelled far and wide, working with and opening for acts such as Old Crow Medicine Show, The Proclaimers, Pokey LaFarge, Willie Watson, Diana Jones, Vikesh Kapoor and Sturgill Simpson.
In February 2014, Daniel was invited to Nashville by Morgan Jahnig of OCMS after he heard As Good As Bad Can Be and viewed his BBC Session online. Jahnig was so impressed, he offered to engineer and produce a new album and proceeded to put a killer band together comprising some of Meade’s favourite musicians, including Cory Younts, Chance McCoy, Joshua Hedley, Chris Scruggs, and Morgan himself. Guest spots were filled by Diana Jones, Shelly Colvin and Critter from Old Crow.
The result was 'Keep Right Away', an exciting, diverse and self assured album that draws on the ghosts of all of his influences, from Hank Williams, Big Bill Broonzy, Kris Kristofferson and Jerry Lee Lewis through to the more contemporary throes of Old Crow Medicine Show and Justin Townes Earle. All the while, as with 'As Good As Bad Can Be', Meade's originality as a songwriter and musician shines through and remains intact.
Both albums have received lots of great reviews and racked up meaningful radio plays, including a spin on BBC Radio 2 from Bob Harris. They're still notching up countlesss plays on many shows all over the world and are still going strong.
While Keep Right Away was being finalised in Nashville, Meade and his band 'The Flying Mules' undertook two UK tours in support of Sturgill Simpson (forging a friendship that saw them most recently appear in January 2016 as his backing band at his show for the prestigious Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow) and made appearances opening for Old Crow Medicine Show and Willie Watson on their tours of the UK.
2015 saw Meade and The Mules complete two successful headline UK Tours, a sell out nationwide tour opening for Pokey LaFarge and once again being invited to perform live on the BBC as part of the highly succesful 'BBC at The Quay' sessions in Glasgow. Meade also undertook a two week solo stint in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium opening for and backing Diana Jones. As a result, he and long-term guitarist Lloyd Reid were invited back to the EU for a string of their own dates at the end of August, which were a great success and already there are more EU shows confirmed for 2016/17. The band finished off the year on a high, supporting Scottish music royalty The Proclaimers on tour in Scotland.
New album 'Let Me Off At The Bottom' features 11 new Meade originals. It is the first record he has made with The Flying Mules (Lloyd Reid - guitar, Mark Ferrie - double bass, Thomas Sutherland - drums) and the hundreds of gigs they have notched up over the last year or two really comes across in this collection. This album looks to both the past and future at once and features songs that draw on a widely varying influence and subject matter. Depression, prescription, limerence and even a shotgun wedding are all here (amongst others), a mixed bag made coherent by The Flying Mules road-honed sound. It was recorded live (for the most part) at the legendary CaVa Studios in Glasgow and mixed by Morgan Jahnig over in Tennessee.