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GUITAR MIKEY - JAM ZERO 1
Jeff Mahoney  THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR
(Jan 19, 2008)

Guitar Mikey, a.k.a. Mike McMillan, is a Hamilton guy who was wowing them from an early age.   He went to a Muddy Waters concert at age 11, and when his dad came to pick him up afterward, Mikey was back stage, talking to the great man himself.   He has been playing in working bands since age 12.   Guitar Mikey helped form the Steel City Blues Band in 1980, and that year it won first place, in a field of 50 bands, at the UNICEF telethon.   Shortly after, the band would welcome new member King Biscuit Boy, no less.   In the '90s Mikey moved to the U.S. and has lived in Chicago, New England and now Clarksdale, Miss., where, blues legend has it, Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in return for the key to the blues.   It's also Waters' hometown.

Songs
* Lonely Man
* All Your Love
* Clarksdale
* Mystery Train
* Hoochie Coochie Man
* Let Me Love You Baby
* Little Red Rooster
* Let The Good Times Roll
* I'd Rather Go Blind
* Boogie Thing

Guitar Mikey And The Real Thing
61 RECORDS

It takes stones to put your instrument before your first name and make it legal, like if I called myself Musical Taste Jeffy.   You hear two bars of Mikey's live record from the crossroads, and you know the man's papers are in order; his axe is whetstoned and his chops just chop right through you.   This is some of the most justified, jumped-up live blues I've heard in awhile.   The band is tight, the singing strong (great guest spot by Nellie "Tiger" Travis) and if you love five-alarm blues guitar, this is for you.   It's full of classics -- Little Red Rooster, Hoochie Coochie Man -- and Mikey and band leave their unique fingerprints on them.  



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