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Notes and Updates...
This winter stuff can go back wherever it came from any time...ready for
spring to arrive! But even this normally lazy snowy season is a busy one
for yours truly, thanks in large part to my new bandmates Dennis Palmer
and Bob Schifo of Dixie Flyer, along with all the wonderful folks and
dancin' fools who support us at every turn! Look for us doing our take on
'50's, '60's and '70's country, pop and rock & roll and more at the Danville
American Legion, Gao Grotto, Danville VFW and other local venues...
and catch us Feb 16 on television once again as we play live on the WCIA
Morning Show! And Dennis is working on production of a new Dixie
Hodaddy is still at it with the solo thang. I've slowed down on playing
lounges solo but stay plenty busy in senior centers and private parties.
Looking forward to the spring and summer and getting outdoors more!
Mike Knoblett and myself, a.k.a. the duo Mike & Mike ("Music And Fun
For Everyone") are cranking it back up after a brief hiatus. You can catch
our never ending Western Indiana Tour at American Legion Posts and
Moose Lodges in Crawfordsville, Rensselaer, Lebanon and Bedford,
IN as well as a return date to Pendleton's Pub in West Lebanon in March.
We will also be taking up residence once a month at the Corner Lounge
in Catlin, IL beginning in March...AND...(trumpet fanfare) I'm very pleased to
announce our return to Julee's Shooting Star on Friday, March 16 (check
the schedule for future dates there). Mike and I are also in the talking stages
of recording a live CD for y'all.
If you haven't already heard, I regret to inform you that Monkey's X has gone
the way of the dinosaurs. Just too many booking conflicts and not enough
local venues. I do hope to hook up again some day with Bob Dreher, really
enjoyed playing and singing with such a talented and great guy.
Hillbilly Deluxe has replaced me on bass guitar with the lovely and talented
(and available) Brad Bergman due again to booking conflicts. Really
enjoyed gigging on bass with them and I do wish Troy, Ryan, Tim, Brad
and, of course, Mike much luck and much fun.
I've had a few inquiries about it so I will be briefly reissuing my original CDs
"Towpath Road", "Blame It On Me" and "There Goes The Show" very
soon. You can still access the lyrics to all using the link at the left. No
timetable, but I also have plans in the works to start work on a compilation
CD of what y'all see as my best songs, plus a few more originals I've never
...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!