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
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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, 2013
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, 2013
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, 2013
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......
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…Continue
Posted on December 23, 2013 at 8:28am
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…Continue
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…Continue
Posted on December 5, 2013 at 8:00am
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