Mike Agranoff | Ain't Never Been Plugged!

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Ain't Never Been Plugged!

by Mike Agranoff

A diverse mix of traditional and contemporary folk, including lots of humor, good instrumental work on guitar, concertina, and piano, great songs, powerful stories, and some surprises.
Genre: Folk: Minstrel
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Wine Song (feat. Joe D'andrea, Ken Rolston, Pat Rolston & Eric Mumpower)
4:24 $0.99
2. The Highway (feat. Ken Rolston & Pat Rolston)
4:39 $0.99
3. Planxty Fanny Power
3:05 $0.99
4. The Dream
3:09 $0.99
5. First Kiss
4:06 $0.99
6. 60's Mudley
1:57 $0.99
7. Hands On the Switch / The Explorer (feat. Kirsten Lamb)
10:30 $0.99
8. Gavotte
3:19 $0.99
9. My Favorite Diseases
2:35 $0.99
10. The Water Is Wide (feat. Jay Ungar, Molly Mason & Christine Deleon)
4:34 $0.99
11. The Battle of Trenton
4:29 $0.99
12. Solace: A Mexican Serenade
4:55 $0.99
13. Maple Leaf Rag
3:40 $0.99
14. Wayfaring Stranger (feat. Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, Ken Rolston & Pat Rolston)
4:15 $0.99
15. The Water Is Weird (feat. Jay Ungar & Molly Mason)
0:54 FREE
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Album Notes
pick•up ‘pik-ֽәp n : A $350 device to install on a $5000 guitar that makes it sound like a $350 guitar, only louder.

OK. Call me old-fashioned. Say I over-generalize. Accuse me of arrogance. All true. But I just like the sound of a guitar with wood and strings the way you hear it through the air without the intervention of electronics. Yes I’ve heard some pretty expensive pickups run through some pretty exotic signal processors that sound pretty close to the way an acoustic guitar sounds. But why jump through all those fancy hoops when you have the real thing in your hands to start with once you rip off all that extraneous equipment?

As long as I’m spouting aphorisms, here are a few more:
• “There are two kinds of fool in this world: One says ‘This is old, and therefore good.’ And the other says, ‘This is new, and therefore better.’” (Although that one works either way. I’ve played a couple of carbon fiber guitars that annoy the hell out of me because they are such good instruments.)
• Agranoff’s Approximate Rule of Thumb: “If it takes more than one trip from the car to bring in the equipment, it ain’t folk.”
Now that I’ve established my credentials as an atavistic curmudgeon, let me equivocate and say I’ve heard a lot of electronic signal-processed, amplified avant garde music that knocks me out. I just don’t happen to play it. This recording is of some of the music I do play. And there ain’t a plug in the whole album.
Mike Agranoff
August, 2007



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Catherine Devine

Great album. I wasn't lucky enough to be in the audience for the live tracks, but I heard them on the radio at the time. Love the Joplin and the Wine Song.

Mark Virgilio

a little bit of this and that
Mike Agranoff is a very entertaining guy, whether singing is own songs, classic folksongs, song parodies, playing piano or telling stories. The piano playing part was what really surprised me...I've heard him play concertina but not Joplin. My favorites though are when his humor comes through as in The Wind Song and My Favorite Diseases and his genius of connecting songs in his 60's Mudley. Solace and Maple Leaf Rag were two nice piano surprises. A fun CD to listen to over and over again. The Highway and Hands On The Switch are well executed folk songs that most guitar playing folkies like me will want to learn. A good mix of fun and seriousness (though not too much) and an entertaining album.