Mike Elliott is a freelance writer and contributor to a variety of publications. He grew up with music all around and learned to love it all, regardless of genre. His dad turned him on to the soul of Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin as well as the funk of James Brown; while his mom exposed him to Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. He developed a deep love of country music from his grandmother and hard rock from his uncle. When he was 13 he first heard Robert Johnson and from there to a deep dive into blues. He started in radio as a disc jockey at 16 and spent close to 30 years in the business as Program Director, Operations Manager, and Creative Director for a variety of stations.
Mike is also a proud father, husband, and cat person.
On Ghosts of West Virginia, Steve Earle chronicles the lives, hopes, dreams, and regrets of families who've lived for generations in coal country with a masterful song cycle that's long on empathy and short on judgment.
On John Prine's first album of the 1990s, the legendary singer-songwriter invited a few Heartbreakers, some ace session players, an Everly, Bonnie Raitt, and the Boss to help make the best album since his classic debut.
Ex-Tangerine Dream and classically-trained pianist Paul Haslinger frees himself from 20 years of composing for television and film and looks inward for inspiration on his latest atmospheric journey through dreamlike soundscapes.
Forty years into his career, Robert Cray has been steadily building one of the most consistent catalogs of pure soul and smooth blues with the help of his stinging Stratocaster and a voice that somehow gets even better with age.
Too adventurous for blues, too raw for jazz, Mose Allison danced on the ivories in both worlds, tipping his hat to singer-songwriter pop along the way. A new tribute album reveals the many avenues worth exploring of one of the most singular voices in music.