HT: You’ve seen the growth of Jam Cruise from a small boat for the first trip to last year’s cruise on the massive Poesia. Do you feel the sense of intimacy and community has been compromised at all?
SM: I don’t think so. Bands and fans still all interact all the time. There’s just more people to interact with now.
HT: What were some of your favorite moments from last year’s voyage?
SM: Playing Soul Power with Maceo Parker during George Porter’s super jam on the pool deck.
HT: Are there any artists on this year’s cruise that you are especially looking forward to interacting with?
SM: Yes! Maceo Parker!!!
HT: What was your favorite moment of any of the Jam Cruises?
SM: Playing last year with… MACEO PARKER!!!
HT: You’ll be performing with at least three separate acts on Jam Cruise 9, were you hesitant to book yourself with all three acts for this trip?
SM: No, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I wasn’t playing. Don’t get me wrong, when it’s time to take a vacation, I can chill out. But when I’m working and there’s music to be played, I want to be playing!
HT: Do you think you will still hit the Jam Room despite having so many other gigs on board?
HT: Do you have any advice for first time cruisers?
SM: Have fun, but remember to pace yourself. Drinking water between cocktails is always a good idea!
There are less than 75 cabins available for Jam Cruise 9. Be sure to visit jamcruise.com to book your trip before it sells out.