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Let's Roll (Music - Various Artists)

MULE TEAM Phish may be on indefinite hiatus, but bassist Mike Gordon has been busy reeling in new projects. Having unleashed his first feature film, Outside In, last year, he recently completed his second directorial effort, On the Banks, a docu-pic on the making of Southern-fried jam band Gov’t Mule’s latest CD, The Deep End Volume 1. The album, conceived as a tribute to late Mule bassist Allen Woody, features an assortment of bass titans, including John Entwistle, Flea, Jack Bruce, and Gordon himself. ”This is sort of my quest for the essence of bass,” says Gordon, who expects the film to be released on DVD next year and to also have a limited theatrical run. As for when Phish might get back together, Gordon is noncommittal: ”We currently have no plans, though we did have a band meeting recently and it was fun and nice. Everyone’s getting along.”

‘ROLL’ ON In times of tragedy, people tend to turn to spirituality, so it’s no surprise that since Sept. 11, retailers have seen a 20 percent increase in sales of Christian and gospel music, according to the Christian Music Trade Association. ”People are gravitating to spiritual things right now,” says Toby Mack of faith rockers DC Talk. The band has recorded the title track of an upcoming album tentatively called Let’s Roll. The disc, which is currently being assembled by producer Tony McAnany (Madonna, Missy Elliott) was inspired by the actions of Todd Beamer, the 32-year-old businessman believed to be one of the passengers who tried to overcome the terrorists on United Airlines 93, the plane which crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11. Proceeds from the CD, which will include contributions from Jennifer Knapp, Nicole Mullen, and others, will go to the Todd M. Beamer Foundation. ”This man gave his life up for America,” says Mack. ”And the last words he said were the Lord’s Prayer and ‘Let’s roll.’ That’s inspiring.”

Let's Roll (Music - Various Artists)
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