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It Ain't Hard To Tell

by Mikey Junior

Singer/songwriter/harmonica wizard Mikey Junior is a native of Trenton, NJ who grew up across the Delaware River in Bucks County, PA. He came to the blues via his musician father’s record collection and by his early twenties (he just turned 30) he was a full time musician leading his own band up and down the East Coast. Three of his most important harmonica influences are Steve Guyger (Jimmy Rogers’ former harmonica player is native Bucks Countian), William Clarke, and Clarke’s mentor George "Harmonica" Smith. Mikey combines Clarke’s visceral lyricism, Guyger’s dynamic subtlety, and Smith’s muscular thunder (on chromatic) in his ever developing style. The impetus for Mikey’s sixth album was his desire to measure his progress as a musician with a combination of originals and personal favorites like Jimmy Roger’s "What Have I Done" (a long time staple of Steve Guyger’s repertoire) and George Smith’s signature slow blues "Telephone Blues," one of Mikey’s most dramatic performance pieces,
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1. It Ain't Hard To Tell
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2. The Cheapskate
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3. Chitlin Con Carne
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4. You All Alone
2:16 $0.99
5. Pocket Full of Money
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6. Can't Be Satisfied
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7. Hand Jive
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8. What Have I Done
4:50 $0.99
9. Telephone Blues
5:07 $0.99
10. Hawaiian Eye
2:52 $0.99
11. 32/20 Blues
3:13 $0.99
12. Mikey's at the Bar
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13. I Wish You Would
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14. Mikey's Out Back
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Album Notes
When the oldest continuously running blues society in the world
says you're the "real deal", that has to mean something.
When blues forums toss your name around with the likes of
harmonica masters like Little Walter and Sonny Boy...that has to mean something.

Of course, there will always be skeptics;
but to the blues fans of the northeast Unites States, there is no doubt
that at just 30 years old, Mikey Jr. is chasing the masters at a pace that's frightening.

Growing up on the tough streets of Trenton, New Jersey, Mikey Jr. is a self-taught prodigy.
With his impressive collection of vintage tapes, CD's, records, and videos,
Mikey spent the better part of his youth immersing himself in the world of blues music.
By the time he was twenty-one, he was already a road-tested player, making even a
ardent blues purists, take notice. Since that time, Mikey Jr. has released an impressive
four CD's as well as a documentary DVD. He's been praised by blues societies as well as players
for his original take on 'old school' styles and his latest release,
'Look Inside My Pocket' is being hailed as a watershed effort by the blues community.

Mikey Jr. never set out to re-write the pages of blues history, but through his true love of the music and his
undying dedication to the masters that came before him, it seems all but certain that Mikey Jr. will scribe his
name in the annals of blues history - right alongside the very masters that influence his every performance.



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Laura Clark

Love, Love, Love it!
Great Cd.. I love all the songs, but one of my favorite songs has to be Telephone Blues. The entire band is so talented and if you are fortunate enough to see this band live , you will be blown away with Mikey's energy and stage presence. I am reviewing this, but have all their cd's... Check them out , I guarantee you will not be disappointed.