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CD Review - Guitar Mikey "Out of The Box"
Blue barry - Smoky Mtn. Blues Society - Jun, 2012

Whew! Let me catch my breath! Guitar Mikey and the Real Thing's new CD "Out Of The Box" just took it. This is not traditional blues, but screaming in your face new stuff. Mikey can play the heck out of a guitar, and slide as well. Helping out on harmonica is Billy Gibson. Billy is a harp blaster from Memphis. He really unloads on here. Another favorite is David Maxwell on Piano. Some of the finest blues I have ever heard was from David Maxwell and Louisiana Red. Rest in love Red, and thanks for your music. Back to the CD. A more than generous 15 cuts here, and a little of everything. If you are a blues lover it will be played at your house. There is one acoustic cut, in fact the longest one on there called "It's Going' Down." Guitar Mikey shows off his slide work on some great old school sounding stuff and Billy does the same. Very nice. "Blues Head" features Mark Yacavone on organ and Mikey slows it down just right. Love it. This is just straight ahead blues for you. Loud, proud, and moving forward, no holding back. I would say this is a fabulous live band. Guitar licks, and great vocals, and fine musicians. You need to check it out. On "The Bigger Fool" we have David Maxwell on piano, Bob Margolin on guitar, and Billy on harp. Geez! The title cut "Out of The Box" is a bluesy progressive almost calypso sounding venture that works. Everyone is on it too. We even have a horn and string section on this one, and some accordion. Get out of the way Guitar Mikey McMillan is "Out of The Box," to stay. Give it a listen. Even after several times around the player there are new things I hear. Eventually I'll get it all. Good stuff………blue barry

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