Dear Hookah Family,
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our brother John Mullins. What started out as a fun thing to do on Monday nights in Columbus eventually turned into the Big Old Freight Train known as əkoostik hookah. Through thousands of shows and millions of miles with different lineups taking the stage, we never forgot that without John Mullins, there would be no əkoostik hookah. While we’ve had our ups and downs over the years, John will always be a part of who we are. In a time when music was leaning more towards beats and electronic sounds, John’s voice and the words he wrote had meaning. They moved us on stage as they moved all of you out in the crowd. He was a uniquely talented songwriter who had the ability to put the audience inside his tunes and that is a rare gift indeed. All of us have been Sam McCully or Gina, or Washboard Annie at one point in our lives. More than just his talent, John was a good friend. If he loved you, he loved you fiercely and unconditionally.
We loved John and his passing leaves a hole in our hearts that will never quite go away, but his time here in our hookah family leaves behind endless stories of music, laughter, late night campfire jams, and his uniquely wonderful sense of humor. If you knew John as we did, you know that he would be the last person on Earth to want us to be sad. So while we grieve for the loss of our brother, we celebrate his life, his music, and the friends and fans he loved so much.
Rest in Peace John. You will be missed.
SDTL, əkoostik hookah