Mike Breen | No Excuses

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No Excuses

by Mike Breen

Debut release (1996) of great story songs with lots of guitar fiddles and mandolin.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Someone
4:41 $0.99
2. We Go Walkin' (Hand In Hand)
3:14 $0.99
3. Sunday Morning Song
3:29 $0.99
4. Juanita's In Love
2:53 $0.99
5. The Great Wall Of China
4:11 $0.99
6. Pennsylvania Farm
3:10 $0.99
7. Harbor Lights
4:09 $0.99
8. No Excuses
4:05 $0.99
9. Just Like Me
2:50 $0.99
10. The Brandywine
4:03 $0.99
11. Waters Of The Delaware
5:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Produced by Mike Breen and Kyle Harris.
Recorded by Kyle Harris at Playr Recording in Phoenix, Arizona.
Featuring fine performances by Kyle Harris, Ken Skaggs, Mike Cirillo, Perry Senn, Dave Rose, Billy Parker, Vikki Rae Jordan, Kenny Poe, Mark Prentice, Stacy Breen, Kevin McNally, Jim Gerkin, Chip Dolan, Jeff Tatem, Bob Willox, Jerry Donato, Andy Baade, Doug Haywood and Ron Rutowski.

"A varied and enjoyable selection of slightly country-flavored originals by a writer with a talent for writing catchy, uptempo melodies (try not singing along to "Juanita's In Love"). With a hint of John Denver in his vocals, this extremely capable guitarist makes great use of mandolins, fiddle, banjos, accordion and backing vocals. I wish all singer-songwriter albums were this rewarding." Dirty Linen Oct/Nov 1997

"Mike is a Singer-Songwriter steeped in the American folk tradition. He is a crafted songwriter who tells compelling, entertaining stories." -JOHN WILLMOT, EDITOR CELTICWAYS.COM

Mike Breen is another valid singer/songwriter who, thru his own label, invites you to contact him directly, as he enjoys no distribution from here. No Excuses, his first record, is a collection of songs written by the same Mr. Breen. The songs are pervaded by a certain melancholy, played and sung "con molto gusto." It's a delicate product, as are the feelings dealt with in the songs. I don't know any of the musicians involved therefore I imagine that their fame is not on a national level, but that doesn't take away from their bravura which is well represented here. Acoustic country music, intelligent lyrics, at times poetic, performed by the author Mike Breen -- a name we hope to hear again soon. Bravo Mike!!

"Mike Breen blends slick, pop-friendly vocal melodies with Crazy Horse-like rock-damaged country/folk grooves."

"For those of you who are already fans of Mike Breen, no sales pitch is necessary, but if you have never had the exquisite pleasure of Mike's live performance, check him out ..."
Maxine Jewett, Publisher - ACOUSTIC SCENE http://www.acousticscene.com/



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margie cunningham

great blend of themes & elements
My first indie purchase, this CD was fabulous! I have played it almost exclusively while at work. Catchy refrains (no excuses is running thru my head right now), incredible harmonies, and lyrics that tell real stories. A nice balance of sad (great wall of china, someone),upbeat (juanita's in love, pennsylvania farm), and touching songs (sunday morning song, someone like me).