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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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Lucky Mud commented on Kim Ruehl's blog post 'On Race and Folk Music: Classic African-American Songsters and Keb' Mo''
" A good example of race and folk combined. Bing Futch. Our guest artist for the music series here in the Florida panhandle the end of…"
Jul 15
Lucky Mud commented on Anne McCue's blog post 'Saving The Real Music City'
"Anne, Maybe things have changed for the better. Glad to hear it, Mike"
Jul 14
Kurt Fortmeyer replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Funny Songs'
""The One Hundred Letter Word""
Jul 10
Lucky Mud commented on Anne McCue's blog post 'Saving The Real Music City'
""Condos in Music City make sense, but music won’t survive in Condo City."  (This is the sort of tripe 'Music City' saviors are famous for saying as though it had some deep meaning) "Rome wasn't built in a…"
Jul 8
Dave Crotts replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Who is the absolute best you've ever seen live?'
"I'll have to second the nomination of Robert Earl Keen.  He comes through our area a couple of times a year and the club is a mile from my house but I have passed on each show out of respect for his LIVE #2 DINNER album, one of my top…"
Jun 15
Dave Crotts replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Funny Songs'
"I had forgotten about a Charlotte NC-based funny guy named Unknown Hinson. Really weird looking but talented guy with funny songs, good country electric guitar, and arts work. My favorite album is LIVE AND UNDEAD, with songs such as "I Cleaned…"
Jun 11
Lucky Mud replied to Plain Sense's discussion 'We're Drowning Here: What's your favorite DRY Weather songs?'
"I had a gal, and she was young and sweet, I had a gal, and she was young and sweet, But a dust storm buried her sixteen hundred feet. She was a good gal, long, tall and stout, Yes, she was a good gal, long, tall and stout, I had to get a steam…"
Jun 3
Lucky Mud commented on Easy Ed's blog post 'On guns, children, music and #NotOneMore'
"Don't forget, Ed, 'Guns Don't Kill People. People With Guns Kill People.' I might have to make a bumpersticker. (I'll make another for Toyotas, though Buicks are always suspect)"
May 31
Lucky Mud commented on Easy Ed's blog post 'On guns, children, music and #NotOneMore'
"Thanks, Ed. I'm not around much anymore, but always read what you post here. I was born in 1947 and raised in a little dirt-road Southern town. In high school we all had guns in our cars but we never shot anyone. I don't remember a single…"
May 30
Lucky Mud replied to Tom McD's discussion 'Festivals'
"Kerrville. In Kerrville, Texas.The only 18 day festival in the world. There's still time. Mike"
May 26
Lucky Mud replied to Nick's discussion 'Songs about Soldiers'
"Derek, I met a beautiful young anti-war protester in 1969, married her in 1972 and next month we celebrate our 42nd anniversary. I'm still madly in love with her. The myth of soldiers liking war is fairly new....about 30 years or so now. If…"
May 21
Dennis Nyman replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Who is the absolute best you've ever seen live?'
"I saw Johnny Clegg myself again on 4/30/14 at a fairly small club in Seattle and he was amazing. The show I saw a couple of years ago at a huge outdoor concert venue was great but seeing him in this intimate venue was spectacular. A highlight was…"
May 20
Andrew Pupillo replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Who is the absolute best you've ever seen live?'
"Saw Steve Earle in the late 90s in Melbourne Australia. It was a 4 peice with Buddy Millar on guitar, they were on fire. Thats the best gig ive seen. Equal second is a tie between los Lobos and aussie band the Sunnyboys. The Stray cats are up there…"
May 20
Lucky Mud replied to Nick's discussion 'Songs about Soldiers'
"Jeff makes a great point. When you're doing your tour of duty songs about soldiers and war are the last thing you want to hear. With us, through boot camp and tech school it was getting drunk on cheap beer and singing along with "We Gotta…"
May 20
Dave Crotts replied to Lucky Mud's discussion 'Who is the absolute best you've ever seen live?'
"I second the nomination of Alejandro Escovedo from other folks.  I got to meet him at a local outdoor festival.  Super nice quiet guy who roars like a lion on stage. Stunning 90 minute performance with same band and many of same songs…"
May 19
Lucky Mud commented on's blog post 'The Bigotry toward Americana'
"I was in the basement of RCA Nashville during the late 70s when Chet Atkins stepped up to the podium and told a couple of dozen people in the room, "I'd like to apologize for what I've done to Country Music. I worked hard to create…"
May 18

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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!

- Lucca at No Depression

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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