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Notes and Updates...
Unusual winter we're having...but then I can't remember a "usual" winter
lately. But my playing is as usual in the winter, sparse, gives me a chance to
catch up on other things neglected during better weather. Counting down to
One project I've begun is in the recording studio. I plan to put together a
special CD for the senior crowds I play so often, many requests for that.
Some originals, but mostly classic favorites from over the years. I'll have a
lot of fun with that and hope to have it ready for public comsumption in a few
months. A second CD project is a similar collection from Mike & Mike,
Hoosier Daddy has cut back on the solo gigs, still playing the senior
facilities and private parties but fewer clubs, bars, taverns, etc. Not giving
it up by any means, just recognizing the generational difference in the
clientele and being more selective. But I'm playing more duo and band
gigs now, as reflected in the schedule.
Monkey's X will be coming out of hibernation, returning to Danville at a
couple of new venues for us. On February 3 we'll be playing the newly
renovated Black Bear just past the river on West Williams St. If you haven't
seen the place lately you will not recognize it. We'll return there in April, and
in May we'll play for the first time at South Street Saloon, on (oddly enough)
South Street a bit east of the arena. And look for us in the spring at the big
outdoor Ambucs Friday Nights at Temple Plaza. Also, Hillbilly Deluxe will
be rockin' some contemporary country at the Westville American Legion on
January 28, and at The Ridge in Ridge Farm April 1.
The Mike & Mike show (with Mike Knoblett) is having a ball with the
regulars and irregulars at Julee's Shooting Star every Wednesday, and the
crowds are growing. We'll also be returning to the Beford, IN Moose Lodge
on February 10 and the Lebanon, IN American Legion on February 17.
I'm quite proud of "Towpath Road", a CD collection of 14 original songs.
I'll have it and my previous CD "Blame It On Me" for sale at the solo gigs
and if I ever can find the time and figure out the technology I will have
downloads available on the website. I've posted the complete lyrics for those
two and my earlier CD "There Goes The Show", which can be accessed
using the link at the left.
...so as always, I promise to keep the old songs fresh and the new songs
rolling out. I've made a promise to myself to keep doing this as long as I
feel I'm getting better at it, and that promise is yours as well. To quote
Gene Simmons of Kiss, "you work hard for your money, so I work hard for
your money". Thanks to all, and keep it comin'!
|I Can Feel It Again (copyright Mike Russell)
HOOSIER DADDY is fully self-contained, traveling with full p.a. and
lighting system. An incorporated automated d.j. system makes for
smooth transitions into and out of break times. However, HOOSIER
DADDY tends to play very long sets and take very short breaks!
HOOSIER DADDY has a huge repertoire covering a broad
landscape of popular music, and new songs are added almost every
week. Mike is quite "at home" playing simple acoustic sets or full
band productions, covering classic and modern rock, classic and
contemporary country, R&B, disco, blues, jazz, beach music,
standards, novelty songs, comedy and parody, sing-a-longs, original
compositions...you name it...and if you don't have a dance floor it
might be wise to make some room!