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Mescal Mary & Other B Bender Guitar Instrumentals

by Mike Breen

12 Guitar instrumentals featuring his fabulous b and g bender guitar playing. A wide assortment of styles is presented - from country rock to that Bakersfield sound. Not just for guitar lovers.
Genre: Country: Country Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mescal Mary
4:02 $0.99
2. Honky Tonk #22
3:51 $0.99
3. North of Sonora
3:59 $0.99
4. Sleepwalk
3:38 $0.99
5. Havasu
2:34 $0.99
6. Moon Glow Supper Club
4:27 $0.99
7. Apache
3:30 $0.99
8. Ridin' the Fence
2:42 $0.99
9. Stillness of a Snowy Night
2:21 $0.99
10. Remember Me
3:32 $0.99
11. Bell Road Boogie
3:03 $0.99
12. Anastasia
4:21 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Singer songwriter, musician, performer, Mike Breen is
proud to release his first ever B and G bender guitar instrumental CD. Invented by Gene Parsons and Clarence White, the b bender guitar was first utilized by Clarence as a means to emulate the pedal steel guitar. Mike takes this device to new heights with this release, exploring melody, colors and moods from the pure country Bakersfield sound to the classic southern California country rock sound. Recorded at Mike's home studio and featuring Mickey McGee on drums (Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Warren Zevon, Rick Nelson...)Mike's bender playing is featured throughout along with some fine banjo, mandolin and flatpicking guitar.

"Mescal Mary & Other B Bender Guitar Instrumentals" features ten original pieces and two covers, "Apache" and "Sleepwalk."

Each CD-R is burned one at a time at 4x speed from the original master, printed, assembled, tested and shrink wrapped individually by hand.


"If you enjoy tastefully written and arranged instrumental music, then "Mescal Mary" is a must buy for your CD collection. Mike Breen has written and arranged some cool grooves and beautiful melodies all featuring the B Bender Guitar. Being a pedal steel player myself, I have to also say that I'm a bit jealous of his bending technique. Well done Mike!"
Michael G. Smith
President, Gatlin Brothers Music, Inc.

"A vibrant guitar CD that expertly blends twangy guitar rock and instrumental country bluegrass"
Robert Silverstein, 20th Century Guitar

"If you're into the sound landscape defined by Telecasters and string bending, Breen's release should fill the bill. This Phoenix guitarslinger, armed with B-bender and G-bender equipped guitars, demonstrates that he knows his way around a Tele all through this instrumental release, starting with the dramatic "Mescal Mary" that sounds like it would have been at home on the Charlie Daniels Band album High Lonesome. Chicken pickin' with steel guitar type bends abound on cuts like "Ridin' the Fence," the Bakersfield-tinged "Havasu," and the satisfying "Honky Tonk #22," all Breen compositions. "Moon Glow Supper Club" has a front porch type atmosphere with mandolin, resonator guitar, and banjo joining the B-bender (all played by Breen), while "Remember Me" has an echo of Eric Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover" with country underpinnings. Breen can stop everything with the exquisite "Stillness of a Snowy Night," and with "North of Sonora" and the acoustic closer "Anastasia," Breen captures the satisfied end-of-day kind of mood. If you love guitar with a country heart, visit www.sonicbids.com/mikebreen
to get yourself a copy of this enjoyable disc."
By Don Thomason, The Amplifier

"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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Kate McDonnell

Fantastic, unique, breath of fresh air!
This CD has been in my player for over a month and I have to say it just makes me feel happy all over. It's a breath of fresh air to hear someone who's not trying to jump into the wannabe crowd--Mike Breen is a man in his own musical world, and not afraid to do his own thing here. Do I hear movie scores or WHAT!?

lames hancock

great bender playing, enjoyed very much
great b-bender playing, really enjoyed sleepwalk and apache, as well as beautiful playing on the accoustic numbers.

Ron Rutowski

Great listening
This CD showcases Mike Breen's skills as a multi-instrumentalist, but especially as a guitarist. He nicely illustrates the contributions in a variety of styles that a B bender can make to the voice of the electric guitar and the person who plays it. And all this in a CD that is very listenable and not just a technical tour de force. Breen's taste and creativity shine through on a number of levels.

Doug Steven UK

It caused me to buy a B Bender Telecaster
Honky Tonk #22 is what it's all about,a simple tune that gets you where you feel it most.Ridin'The Fence is the fun tune on the album,while flavours of Jerry Donahue and Johnny Hiland are also in the recipe, of this very tasty collection of B Bender instrumentals.

Bill Nash

Get this CD and it will restore your faith in music!
After many years of playing, recording and being involved in all things guitar, it is hard to impress me. I can honestly say that this CD REALLY impressed me. This is the real stuff - music played without compromise. Recorded beautifully. Every nuance is clear to your ears. If you are into great guitar playing and want to have a party for your ears, check out Mr. Breen. The B-bender guitar gives an amazing blend of traditional and slide/steel playing that mixes and blurrs the edges of county, rock and blues. WOW!

Dave Favell

Great CD, Musicians take note!
OK, here is a guy that can play and takes the B-Bender guitar beyond what you would traditonally expect. This is a great collection and shows that Mike Breen can play and not only B-Bender guitar but, mandolin, flat top, banjo. If your into great guitar...get this CD!

Dan Schafer

very fresh!
Mike has a great approah to everything he plays..the bender guitar stuff was very tastefully done...Dan Schafer

Ken Thompson

This C.D. is fantastic. Mike Breen is a master of the B Bender Guitar!
This cd is fantastic. Mike Breen is a master of the B Bender guitar! Highly recommended.