Rod Serling once said, "It's lonely at the top, but don't worry - you're never there very long." As those lucky few lounge in the pretend City of Music, resurrecting legends like Rodney Crowell,…Continue
Started Sep 15
Playing original Americana music has been our life's work, and it doesn't get easier with time. We know amazing singer/songwriters who, after years of playing the world, are giving up and leaving the…Continue
Started Aug 3
Okay, a question from a duo who's ready to run away. We just finished playing our 8th music festival - had nightly song circles at our camp (or motel pool) at each one, and hosted a twice-weekly…Continue
Started Jun 20
Utah Phillips said in an interview once that all he wanted was to make a living, not a killing with his music. This is a very difficult phrase, not to understand but to live by. Music is an art but…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Reilly May 21.
This is a link to Lucky Mud's alter-ego, The Tinkers. It's the Celtic side of Mud, and pays well enough to make this life of crime as folk singers possible.
Please take a few moments, and check us out at http://www.thetinkers.net
Thanks, Mike and Maggie
"Lucky Mud is from the deeper side of Folk Music. The couple have a soulful connection that is palpable, and their ballads are a much needed departure from the cookie cutter, sample-driven fodder currently filling the airwaves. A splendid way to battle the daily grind. "
"Lucky Mud new CD is a showcase of original contemporary folk music - pure down-home Americana, from Mike's beautifully melancholic "Evangeline," to Maggie's wonderful show-closer, "Ride the Pony," But it's the duo's milk-and-honey harmonies that wrap their sound up into one neat pack"
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We've been playing our original Americana music for a long time, from The Forge, in Bandera, Texas, to a sold-out concert at the legendary Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, Ireland. We've appeared on the main stage of the Florida Folk Festival and Willfest, and have just completed a very successful Americana music series at the Martin Theatre in Panama City, Florida, where we brought in such amazing talent as Kamm and MacDonald from Nevada City, California, Sally Spring from North Carolina and Beaucoup Blue from Philadelphia, as well as Florida's best singer/songwriters. In a 25 concert series, we showcased The New 76ers, The Mayhaws, Grant Peeples, Mimi Hearn, Jerry Mincey and so many others.
This is our first shot at belonging to this community of Americana music. If I stumble here, please let me know. Thanks,
Plus....my novel, A Thousand Bridges, was just re-released in digital format, so here's my shameless, but very excited by the event promo:
Available now on Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/A-Thousand-Bridges-ebook/dp/B0061YAU5Y
Barnes and Noble at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-thousand-bridges-michael-mckinney/1013957032
On that note, I've begun my first ever blog on novel writing at
Learning as fast as I can......
Sixty six years old and I'm still playing pirate along with Maggie and our friend, Greg. After almost 20 years we're still hired as the Pirates of the Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola. Swordfighting, singing, costumes and whiskey just seem to go together, and the pay we get for being pirates would make a folksinger want to put on an eyepatch and learn to fence.
We just presented our 40th (actually 80th since it's twice a week) Americana concert here in the Florida panhandle.…Continue
Posted on November 7, 2013 at 12:00pm
Two weeks ago as we drove down the Wakulla Cutoff through the lush jungle of the Florida panhandle along the Gulf Coast, we had to slow down to let an alligator cross the road. Maggie and I had just played a new folk festival at a winery in Interlachen, Florida, and we were exhausted. (Falling off a ladder last month didn't help my energy level)
This has been a busy season for us. We're just now home from playing the Florida Folk Festival over the…Continue
Posted on May 28, 2013 at 9:00am
Mary Gauthier paces across the left side of the porch at the back of the house, separated from the stage by room dividers. She paces, drinks from a water bottle, glances toward the stage. Above her, above us all is a tremendous old oak tree, its Spanish moss in black silhouette between her and the sunset.
Onstage, a very good Canadian duo is playing sweetly to an audience fanned out in the back yard, all varieties of camp chairs from Spartan to opulent fill the space. Bottles of wine,…Continue
Posted on April 7, 2013 at 7:30am — 3 Comments
(This began as a short answer to a post about the Americana Music Awards, but grew to a blog. Oops.)
Reading Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem ‘Johnny Nolan has a Patch on his Ass', the barracks hot because of the furnace; outside, snow is falling so hard you can't see. B-52 bombers are rumbling on their pads nearby, shaking the earth, straining at the bit to be sent back to the Philippines and on to Vietnam. A lonely Hispanic boy sits between foot lockers with a little plastic…Continue
Posted on December 18, 2012 at 10:00am — 4 Comments