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Mike Mcguire

Roses for the Moon
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Louisville, Kentucky is home to some of the most inventive
minds and inspired artists from the past two centuries.
The city of Louisville has produced such luminaries
as Thomas Edison, comedian Foster Brooks, “gonzo”
journalist Hunter S. Thompson,
,and bluegrass legend Bill
Mike McGuire, another illustrious Louisvillian channels the spirit
of each of his innovative indigenous brethren with his own Kentucky
hallmark called Roses for the Moon. McGuire introduces
us to his hometown through the leadoff track — a simple history
and geography lesson called “Western Kentucky Parkway”. It’s
quintessential McGuire—it captures his tongue-and-cheek sensibility
and bourbon Kentucky wit as he takes us on a drive around
the Bluegrass State. (For more Louisville ethos, listen to track
eight entitled “My Old Kentucky Home/Longfield Avenue”. It’s
McGuire’s take on Churchill Downs culture and its surrounds.)
In addition to happenings past, McGuire comments on current
events too. “Roses for the Moon” is inspired by Lisa Nowak, the
love-struck, bemused astronaut that caught the nation’s attention
as she made her fateful trip across the country. Caught in a
love triangle and an adult diaper “all the way from Houston, listening
to the satellite” McGuire invokes satire in his songwriting
in a similar sparkling fashion as his contemporary Hunter S.
Thompson. This stuff is too smart for Nashville-maybe that's why
he moved to Louisville after a prolonged stint in Guitartown attempting
to write country songs for the masses.
And though he’s well over six feet tall with a rugged exterior,
McGuire has a soft spot. In his own charming way, this thoughtful
animal lover takes a reflective look at himself in “I'd Like to
be the Man {My Dog Thinks I Am}” where the perception of
Man’s Best Friend is emphasized. He sums it all up with “Come
on boy, let’s go for a walk.” It’s no wonder why Mike McGuire
was a failure as a cog-in-wheel Nashville songwriter. He’s got
Part folkie, part commentator, part visionary, McGuire challenges
us to look harder at ourselves, and he dares us to dance
to a different tune. He is made of the same stuff that legends
are. He’s an Americana archetype, and we’re so glad that we get
to be the ones to introduce this fine record to you. — Pete Knapp
Artist: Mike McGuire