While some musicians might have the attitude that an audience is coming to see them, members of Mother’s Finest believe they are there to give the audience the best possible show they can produce.
“We still believe in entertaining people,” said Glenn Murdock, one of the founding members of the band, which started in the early 1970s and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame last year.
Mother’s Finest will play Sky City on Friday, March 16. “If you spend the night with us, we want it to be worth your money.”
Mother’s Finest plays what Murdock calls funk-rock, but there are elements of blues, soul, gospel, metal and jazz in the music. The band has recorded about a dozen albums in its four-decade history.
Three of its albums, Another Mother Further, Mother Factor and Mother’s Finest Live, went gold. The band toured with groups such as The Who; Aerosmith; Earth, Wind and Fire; and Santana.
The six-member band features four original members, including vocalist Murdock. A key to the band’s longevity is “sanity.”
“We got an early realization not to get too caught up in the ‘sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll’ that other bands get caught up in,” he said. “We found a path, and we have been treading that ever since.”
Murdock said band members shunned drugs in the early 1980s and adopted a vegetarian lifestyle. They also keep focused through spiritual pursuits and taking time off the road a few months each year to revive and rejuvenate.
“Most artists enter the world of insanity. Too much money, too much everything leads to abuses, and then you are not able to function on a higher level,” he said.
The Atlanta-based band has played Augusta many times, Murdock said, but it’s been a while since they have been here.
“We’ve got some material for our old fans. It might be a new experience for others, but experience it they will,” he said.
The doors open at 8 p.m. with the show at 9:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 and available at www.skycityaugusta.com or at Sky City, Soul Bar or the Bee’s Knees. Tickets are $25 at the door.