Everything we have created or manifested over the past few years has been sown and grown on this farm, be it vegetables, children, dreams or music. "Localmotive Farm" embodies our life concept, and this album sums up our life's effort to do what we love, make something out of nothing, and speak for what we believe in.
Keith Mullins has played music all of his life. His roots are in Cape Breton Island, where a family and culture of music fostered his passion and ability. At the age of 14, Keith started entertaining crowds with fellow band-mate, Steven MacDougall (now from Slow-coaster). Having since completed a music degree and self-directed studies in Cuba and Africa, Keith has turned his passion into his profession. He has toured the world performing with numerous bands of fame, such as: Lennie Gallant, Bruce Guthro, Grammy-award winner Gordie Sampson, Dave Carroll (from the Youtube viral video "United Breaks Guitars"), Jennifer Roland, Havanafax, Latin Groove, John Campbelljohn, Caledonia, Jimmy Swift, Garrett/Dutch Mason, Melissa McLelland, Jimmy Rankin, Sarah Slean, Paula Cole and many more. Keith Mullins has also developed and facilitated a highly successful drum workshop called "Rhythms of the World". He has delivered this workshop to groups of all ages; across Canadian schools, at special events, and at festivals.
In April 2010, while performing in Tennessee, Keith made a trip to Nashville to record a record with the assistance of Grammy-award winner Gordie Sampson. The record is as varied as the different styles of music in which Keith plays and the album is flavoured by the incredible range of talented musicians that contributed to the recordings. Back up vocals are performed by Amy Sampson and Dutch Robinson (Ohio players). The track "Si es Loco" is Cuban-style, with the gifted guitar playing of Jorge Chicoy (Dizzie Gillespie, Buena Vista Social Club). Jorge is known as "The Jewel of Cuba", as coined by Fidel Castro himself.The record also includes hang drummer David Charrier (France), beatboxer Jay Andrews, fiddler Anna Ludlow, Gordie Sampson, and Bruce Dixon. The main backing band is Caledonia from Halifax. Keith sings and has written all of the songs along with a couple of co-writes, one with songwriter Steven Bowers (Trouble) and one with Halifax artist DJ DeCoste(Is the City). He dabbles with bass and guitar on the record as well as playing all of the drums and percussion.
Keith creates music from the soul; the instruments he uses to express it - drums, vocal, guitar - are all secondary. Andrew Fedora, Crowdis Bridge.
I absolutely love the record! Never heard you sing before..... expressive, soulful and just really groovy Keith .......... the sounds are awesome, the songs genuine, this is really a work of art brother .... Congratulations on what “I know” for you is the product of years of work on your craft. You’ve given it a voice, a musical identity of your own to share with the world. Drive ‘er eh!
"Keith Mullins is one of a kind. He's a passionate percussionist sought
out by the most reveered songwriters in the country, and a truly gifted
songwriter in his own right. His hands on, Afro-Cuban drum workshops are
groundbreaking and inspirational, and Keith is continually lighting the
spark of music in the minds of future rock stars. Keith embodies the
kindheartedness folk festivals strive to preserve, and would be a wise
addition to any stage."
- Steven Bowers, Songwriting Genius