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Creating New Music Venues Between the Big Shows
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It's been almost a year since we began our twin concert series in the Florida panhandle, and we celebrate this week with Beaucoup Blue, an amazing father/son acoustic blues duo from Philadelphia,…Continue

Tags: original, music, singer/songwriters, touring, live

Started this discussion. Last reply by TenLayers Jan 23.

While You're Enjoying Nashville and the AMA award show

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

Tags: Americana, music, live, local, AMA

Started Sep 15, 2013

To Create an Americana Music Circuit Start Here:

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

Tags: making, a, circuit, touring, venues

Started Aug 3, 2013

Travel Plans: Time to R.U.N.N.O.F.T.

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

Tags: for, musicians, suggestions, travel, Music

Started Jun 20, 2013


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JP Flynn replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Who is the absolute best you've ever seen live?'
"Well... seeing a poster on sale last night for this concert over at Wolgang's Vault site reminded me what a life-changing experience it was to see Jimi Hendrix for his first show ever at the Fillmore East. It was my first time there as well,…"
Apr 12
Dave Crotts replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Funny Songs'
"Legendary country writer Paul Craft has a number of good ones, some of which have been mentioned: Drop Kick Me Jesus (through the goal posts of life) Through The Bottom of the Glass I've Fallen (And I Can't Get Up) Positively Bob Dylan…"
Apr 12
Dave Crotts replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Who is the absolute best you've ever seen live?'
"Seldom Scene at Art Center in Chapel Hill last night.  I have found from experience that the best live show surprises come when you have your expectations low and DO NOT go with your gut feeling about an upcoming show.  When my sis invited…"
Apr 12
Dave Crotts replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Who is the absolute best you've ever seen live?'
"I would also support the nomination of NRBQ as one of the best live bands ever.  I saw them in early-80's when I was into rock and bluegrass but did not have the roots music appreciation that I have now so I may not have enjoyed them as…"
Apr 4
RP N10 replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Who is the absolute best you've ever seen live?'
"If you want a slice of the Kinks, Muswell Hill and a story that sums up a lot of what is wrong with the grubby monetisation of life here you go"
Apr 3
Dennis Nyman replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Who is the absolute best you've ever seen live?'
"That sounds fantastic. MUSWELL HILLBILLIES has long been my favorite Kinks album and this concept sound like a brilliant idea. I wish some venues in my city would start such a thing. The great albums I'd like to hear performed by good musicians…"
Apr 1
Bruce Brantley replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Who is the absolute best you've ever seen live?'
"My wife and I were in Baton Rouge last Thursday and stumbled into Chelsea’s, a cool bar/restaurant on Perkins. That night’s live entertainment was called “Drop The Needle” a concept of Rob Chidester, a BR native and all…"
Mar 31
Dave Crotts replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Funny Songs'
"From country singer Daryle Singletary  Mama used to whoop me with a George Jones album  That's why I sing this way"
Mar 29
Rick Boardman replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Who is the absolute best you've ever seen live?'
"Nicole Atkins at the Rams Head in Annapolis two nights ago.  Okay it wasn't the best concert I've ever seen, but it was damned good.  This Jersey girl is a pro.  She has a different style than Grace Potter but reminds me of…"
Mar 28
Harry Steinmetz replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Funny Songs'
"Wow, Chris Knight and then the Rev. 4 days later. Too bad I'm stuck in Tacoma, WA. "
Mar 26
Dave Crotts replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Funny Songs'
Mar 26
Harry Steinmetz replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Funny Songs'
"What local club would that be? I'll go see him. "
Mar 25
Hal Bogerd replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Funny Songs'
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Mar 25
Paul Roever replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Funny Songs'
"The Scrapple Song by Robbie Fulks I Told Her Lies by Robbie Fulks"
Mar 25
Sam Hammond replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Funny Songs'
"She Won't Drive Me to Drink - George Jones Bottomless Lake - John Prine Kansas City Star - Roger Miller Chug-a-Lug - Roger Miller Yakety Yak - The Coasters  Help Me Make It Through the yard - Homer and Jethro"
Mar 25
Dave Crotts replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Funny Songs'
"Speaking of Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, try "Female Problems" Haven't seen him in a long time but he is coming to a local club in a couple of weeks.  "
Mar 25

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Lucky Mud - Maggie and Mike McKinney

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

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"
Rice B. RadioIndy

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,
Mike McKinney 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

iTunes at

Sony at

Barnes and Noble at

On that note, I've begun my first ever blog on novel writing at

     Learning as fast as I can......

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Christmas in Ireland part one

Ruins rise from this land like rotted teeth on a jawbone of rock, circled by crows and the howling wind. It was a long drive from Dublin to the West after two flights and a layover at JFK but we made it to Murrisk by early afternoon last week, spent the evening at The Tavern with pints of true Irish Guinness and plates filled to overflowing with Killary Fjord mussels and fresh lamb. Maggie ordered the breast....I went for the shank. Our son, with us here for the first time, stuffed himself…


Posted on December 23, 2013 at 8:28am

The Party's Over

Somewhere before dawn I lay in my van listening to people still staggering past to piss in the bay or throw up, hopefully not too near me. The piledriver beat of the bass echoed through my tired brain.

Even the carnies had turned in - their bumper cars, rides and screaming children fading long before the last of the crowd found the exit. A sudden downpour forced dozens to stuff themselves into a row of filthy porta-potties earlier in the night and things didn't get…


Posted on December 13, 2013 at 7:30am


*an inconsolable longing for we know not what.

The life of a singer/songwriter. ZenZuct.

Maggie and I shared a recording studio yesterday with another musician and two studio engineers to remember the life of a long-time supporter of the arts. The local public radio station wanted a memorial to play in this man's weekly time slot so we spent that time talking about what he has done for the arts - mostly music, but theater and so many other things as well.

We all like…


Posted on December 5, 2013 at 8:00am

Americana Café Sundays: Americana Under the Stars

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.…


Posted on November 7, 2013 at 12:00pm

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At 7:46am on January 2, 2013, NoDepression said…

Hi Lucky Mud,

Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your recent activity in a discussion here on No Depression. It means a lot to the folks who blog and post other content here to know that it's being noticed and appreciated. Since the majority of content on this site is crowd-sourced, community involvement is what makes everything here on ND possible. So, thanks again for taking the time to post comments - we really appreciate it!

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At 6:44pm on May 30, 2012, Tokyo Rosenthal said…

Mike - had no idea about the heart attack but glad you're feeling good now. Checking out your e-mail info now. Thanks for that.

Here if you need me,


At 7:33am on January 23, 2012, Sally Spring said…

Hi Mike,

We miss you too! 

Email me at my regular email address asap and we'll see if we can come down there.



At 11:08pm on December 23, 2011, Rowan Galagher said…

Hi Mike,
Indeed it is a great neighborhood. Thanks for your warm welcome. I'm enjoying the music on your page here. Great stuff! Have a great Xmas!
Rowan :)

At 2:18pm on November 2, 2011, Ronn Miller said…

Heck, if you happen to be passing through, we live right off I-75 in Athens, half way between Knoxville and Chattanooga, come on by.  Me and the (other half, better??? maybe but I'll never admit to it) often ride my Hawg all around the areas, Soddy Daisy etc.etc. Didn't get in much saddle time as it was too danged hot, we're doing a little more as fall is here.

Good luck on the Ireland tour. I did it only one time, back in '86...(I think, along that time I was hangin' out with some of the other Nashville Outlaws and there's a few years I ain't sure where we were or weren't, lol)) did 3 great weeks in England & Scotland, had a excellent tour and always wanted to go back for a longer run, but life had other plans and so here i am admiring you guys, go for it and have a great time, let us know how it goes so I can read and wish and dream.... (Guess I'll hit the studio, that sounds like a new song brewing!lol), see ya someday and we'll pick one.

At 5:21pm on November 1, 2011, Ronn Miller said…
Question, were you passing through McMinn county Tennessee in the past week? Just wondering because I saw a bus in town that said MUD on the back.
At 2:15pm on October 9, 2011, Marybeth D'Amico said…
Hey Mike, I hope you enjoy Ireland! I am actually moving back Statesside but also plan to be back in UK touring early next year. If you discover any cool places in Ireland, I would love to hear about it. See you round the boards!
At 8:15am on September 3, 2011, Maggie McKinney said…

Maggie here (Lucky Mud's other half),

It's amazing how many people say that Michael sounds like Willie Nelson. I just don't hear it but I think it's a great compliment. I always thought it was the similar rhythm style that brought the similarity to mind.

At 10:08pm on September 2, 2011, Terry Roland said…

I enjoy your songs very much. Let me know if you ever get out to Southern California. Excellent songs, vocal blends and nice pure acoustic sound...Mike your vocal tone reminds me of Willie back in the early daze...


At 10:56am on August 23, 2011, Brenda Jean said…
Hi Mike, Nice to meet y'all too, and to hear your music.  Pittsburgh IS a nice city, with quite a good arts scene--I can say that fairly since I'm a transplant.  Let us know if you ever make it up here.


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