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Notes and Updates...
Summer is here and with every warm season comes a lot of musical activity
for me, adding a lot of outdoor events. Can't remember a busier summer
season and certainly ain't complainin'!
Hodaddy is doing his usual thing, a lot of senior centers and private parties
and, thankfully, back at it on the patio at Gao Grotto on Lake Vermillion, my
favorite venue. I'll be making noise there every late Sunday afternoon, come
soak up the atmosphere with me! Also will be playing at 5:30 (EST)
over in Covinton Park on June 29 for their week long 4th of July fair.
Monkey's X is out of hibernation, will be doing our classic rock show for the
Ambucs Friday Nights on June 16th at Temple Plaza in downtown Danville,
as well as upcoming dates at the Black Bear, South Street Saloon and
Georgetown American Legion to name a few.
Hillbilly Deluxe will be rockin' some contemporary country at Ambucs
Friday Nights on June 2nd, with upcoming dates at the the Georgetown
and Westville American Legions.
The Mike & Mike show (with Mike Knoblett) will be returning to American
Legion Posts and Moose Lodges in Crawfordsville, Rensselaer,
Lebanon and Bedford, IN.
And as if that weren't enough, I'm very excited about being a part of the new
"power trio" Skeleton Krewe, consisting of Todd Kester on guitar, Bryan
Chrisman on drums and yours truly back home on bass guitar. The buzz
has already started and this band is gonna make some noise.
On a bit of a sad note, I decided to pull the plug on the house gig at Julee's
Shooting Star. I've been playing there every Wednesday since 2006 and
with the Mike & Mike duo since 2015, the longest straight run I've ever had
by far. Many thanks to Julee Gay and the crew and all the folks that made it
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!