Guitar Mikey Joins the Earwig Music Family

News Release - February 14, 2012
Clarksdale, MS

Clarksdale resident musician, Guitar Mikey, has signed with Earwig Music of Chicago to release a new studio album, Out of the Box, with a street date of April 17, 2012. The music was recorded in Hideaway Studios, Coahoma County, MS over a two-year period, 2010 to 2011, and is produced by Guitar Mikey and engineered/mixed by Mark Williams.

On the 15 original tracks, Guitar Mikey is joined by many of his talented friends; Billy Gibson, harmonica , Bob Margolin (Muddy Waters), guitar, Mark Yacovone (Thacker Mountain Radio Show), keyboards, David Maxwell, keyboards , Peter Nunn (Gowan, The Jitters, Honeymoon Suite), keyboards, Marty Richards (Joe Perry Project, J Geils), drums, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, vocals, and Clarksdale's own Super Chikan and Terry "Big T" Williams. Back in the 70�s Guitar Mikey started his musical career in Hamilton, Canada at the age of 11 smitten with seeing Muddy Waters live. A decade and various bands later, including teaming with Richard Newell, King Biscuit Boy, in the early 80�s, Guitar Mikey and The Real Thing formed and after a debut self-release, signed with A&M/Spy and released Caught Between The Squeeze. Following stints in Chicago and New England, a trip to Mississippi in early 2000�s brought Mikey and his wife to Clarksdale where they now reside.

�Mike McMillan, known as Guitar Mikey, is someone whom I have been seeing gig around Clarksdale, Mississippi for a few years now,� says Michael Frank, head honcho of Earwig Music. �In 2009 I sat in during the Juke Joint Festival, with Guitar Mikey, blowing harmonica alongside Billy Gibson. That fun night resulted in my friendship with both musicians, which ultimately led to Earwig�s release of Mikey�s self-produced album Out of the Box. Starting with Earwig�s first release, by the Jelly Roll Kings, I have always liked aggressive guitar and vocals, wrapped around good songwriting. I have also admired musicians who are entrepreneurial and driven to succeed on their own terms. Guitar Mikey is such a person, a Canadian expatriate living for a long time in the USA, a guitarist on the move, destined to be in the next wave of killer guitarists on the global stage. He and his band are �The Real Thing�, committed and driven to make their mark, with a fresh take on the blues. I am proud to provide a label platform for Guitar Mikey and his musical cohorts. To paraphrase two giants of southern culture - Honeyboy Edwards and Emeril Legasse - Mikey�s blues-rock gumbo is properly cooked, with his own special brand of hot sauce. He kicks it up a notch. Bam!�

Though Earwig Music is not known for releasing blues-rock albums, Guitar Mikey�s project is not the first one on Earwig in that vein. In 2008 Earwig released Tulsa, Oklahoma guitarist Scott Ellison�s Ice Storm, and from 1996 through 2005, Earwig cut four albums with Liz Mandeville, showcasing her many shades of blues, soul, swing, and blues-rock tinged pop, with the rock-edged guitar work of Mike Gibb and others. Earwig Music�s most notable recording artist is David �Honeyboy� Edwards, with whom Michael Frank played harmonica and managed over three decades. Earwig Music is set to release two other albums this spring with Out of the Box � Albert Bashor�s Cotton Field of Dreams and Tommy McCoy�s Blues Late in the Lonely Night.

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