This is first in an upcoming series of live recordings from the world famous Ground Zero Blues Club featuring guest from all over. This release includes guest performances by Chicago''s Nellie "Tiger" Travis , Clarksdale''s Daddy Rich and Cheryl Arena from Dallas Texas.
Guitar Mikey comes on strong, with flashes of razor-edged picking and incredible fireworks on the guitar. His CD release party, at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, MS, had the whole joint absolutely jumping. This guy is a volatile player with energy galore. Here is Blues-Rock & Delta roots fused together, making for startling displays of fretwork and pure Funkiness. From originals to old favorites, Mikey does a fine job of meshing the old with the new. The CD is a true Jam, featuring Guitar Mikey on guitar, Eric Fowler on Drums, Daddy Rich on Bass, Cheryl Arena on Harp, Marc Yacovone on Keyboards and Nellie Tiger Travis on several vocal tracks. His haunting version of All Your Love shows off his flashy fretwork and imaginative style. Daddy Rich s Clarksdale is here and is already a hit in Clarksdale on WROX radio. This is Mikey & the band s version, which is great, as you can hear from the crowd response. Nellie Tiger Travis version s of Let the Good Times Roll & I d Rather Go Blind may be covers, but they are more than just competent covers. She really belts out the Blues & we expect to hear much more from her. There are a lot of covers here, however they are all well done and imaginative. One thing for sure is that Mikey s guitar-playing is HOT! (C) 2007, Gary W. Miller https://www.tradebit.com 2007-12-04
Guitar Mikey and the Real Thing are definite proof that blues is fresh and alive. With the funk of James Brown and the intensity of Buddy Guy combined with the heaviness of Led Zeppelin the band has earned the opportunity to share the bill with such artists as The Thunderbirds, John Mayall, Johnny and Edgar Winter and even hard rock bands the likes of Nazareth.
At eleven years old, Guitar Mikey had already established his destined path when sneaking back stage to meet slide guitar mentor, Muddy Waters. At the age of twelve he began playing in local rock bands and at sixteen, began fronting the critically acclaimed - award winning Steel City Blues Band. Later, this band would feature, and then back Canada’s King Biscuit Boy. Over the years Mikey has been seen hanging around Toronto to Buffalo, Chicago, to Boston, sharing the stage with the likes of Honeyboy Edwards, Yank Rachel, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Billy Branch, Carl Withersby and the late Paul Butterfield. Many Hamilton fans remember the years of Mikey''s regular Sunday night where he helped build the popularity of Hess Village''s club, The Gown & Gavel. Here Guitar Mikey would regularly have musicians sit in like Carey Bell, Phil Guy, Eddie Kirkland, Eddie Shaw, Luther Tucker, Don Walsh to name a few. Most recently he has reached his final destination, Clarksdale Mississippi. This is where he will continue playing the music he loves, in the place it was born.
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