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mike skliar

by mike skliar

Entertaining, witty, rootsy, whether funny or serious, personal or political, with influences from Bob Dylan, John Prine, Loudon Wainwright III. Tom Lehrer, The Beatles, & Mose Allison to blues, country & comedy.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Mother's Advice
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2. The Mike Song
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3. Frank (for Frank Sinatra)
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4. Can't get my mind off of you
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5. Charlie Brown's Nightmare
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6. Katherine
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7. Goodbye Rick Danko
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8. If you're smart, you're sad
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9. Right wing radio listener
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10. Moonlight Savings Time
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11. Lena Rose
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12. Crazy like a Fox (for Bob Dylan)
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13. Sweet Jerusalem
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14. What I meant to say
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15. 12 to 20
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mike Skliar is a New York City singer and songwriter, whose topical and timeless songs and quirky individual style have earned him a regular audience and radio play in the New York area.

The songs on the album "Mike Skliar" were written over the course of several years and show Mike's love of traditional Americana roots music as well as an evident sense of humor. The songs cover a musical range including rock, blues, country, and folk, and a huge lyrical range as well. From the poetic and personal to the uproariously funny to the political to the touching tribute to the famous and non-famous, it's a unique ride.

The surrealistic journey of "Charlie Brown's Nightmare" is a good illustration- at once a tribute to the Peanuts cartoon characters, an hilarious shaggy dog story, and a subtle tale of innocence lost, all over a slinky blues groove.

Anyone named "Mike" should hear 'The Mike Song', anyone with parents should hear 'Mothers Advice' and 'What I meant to say'. The songs 'Katherine' and 'Frank' were written for, respectively, Katherine Hepburn and Frank Sinatra. 'Lena Rose' was written for the daughter of a friend, and 'Sweet Jerusalem' is a unique holiday song. The album concludes on an upbeat rockin' note with the roadhouse rock wordplay of '12 to 20'.

Mike plays guitar, mandolin and dobro (resonator guitar) on the album, ably assisted by co-producer Tom Ricciuti, who plays bass and guitar and dobro as well. Ken Ficara, a well known Brooklyn roots musician, adds his amazing and unique harmonica playing, Paul Brown, a bluegrass player from Ohio, plays mandolin and violin and Angelina Powers adds backup vocals and viola. Robert Weiss plays drums and percussion.

Mike's "official" website is www.mikeskliar.com

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Joan Jacobs

Mike Skliar
This is one of my favorite albums to share with fiends and give as gifts. It is music for the sake of enjoyment. The material recognizes a wide range of subjects and musical styles. The songs speak to everyday life, joys and attitudes with humor and sincerity. Mr. Skliar has a gift for melody, and an eye for irony. The songwriting is smart and witty while the multi-layered musicianship of the band is colorful and distinctive. Each song can stir emotions, and almost always put a smile on your face.
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