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"The songs of Mick Hargreaves can be easily pigeonholed as "Americana", but that would do a grave injustice to the breadth of styles his tunes encompass. Having fronted many different outfits over the years, Mick's songs manage to contain a little slice of each of the roads he's traveled. A little classic twang here, some Early 80's college rock flavor there, but always tied together with strong pop hooks and melodies. It's hard not to compare him to another musical jack-of-all-trades in the legendary songwriter/producer Nick Lowe, as Mick also happens to be known for slinging a 4 string electric bass in addition to pickin' the six string. A veteran of the business, Mr. Hargreaves has cracked the code of what it takes to create some seriously infectious American pop/rock." - Bryan Gallo
At the end of 2014, Mick's Lantern Sound Recording Rig (LSRR) took up residence in a sprawling 1920's farmhouse in the pine barrens of Long Island NY, where he now records, rehearses, and holds house concerts. This capped a busy year that saw the release of several efforts recorded at the LSRR, including Bryan Gallo's "Party Guest", produced by Pete Mancini, and the Butchers Blind "Thursday Girl", the follow-up to their 2013 "Destination Blues" CD (which featured guests Brandi Hart & Buddy Woodward of the Dixie Bee-Liners, and Russ Seeger & Chris James of the Last Hombres).
Other artists recently in at the LSRR include Ludlow Ejacula, Dalton Portella, Rorie Kelly, Marianne Megna, Rob Europe, Julia King, Oldsquaw, Marigrace Dineen, WhaleHeart, the 40 Foot Saints, and Skip English's bizarre "Mambo No. 9" project, a mash-up of The Beatles and Lou Bega.
Mick Hargreaves and the King Guys are currently working on "Never A Cover", studio recordings of song-renditions they've performed at the Rodeo Bar NYC, which closed forever July 27th, 2014. Meanwhile, Mick & Lynn Blue have begun performing together acoustically in a vocal duet format.
A compilation CD of Mick Hargreaves music titled "BEST" was released on April 10 2013. Mick hosted the "Outrageous Open Mic Night" at the Stephen Talkhouse during his long run there from Nov 2013-May 2015, and completed an acoustic duet tour of the Mid-Atlantic USA with Pete Mancini in April 2013, making stops all over LI, NYC, Brooklyn, Queens, Hoboken NJ, Philadelphia PA, Baltimore MD, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia.
FILM: In 2012, the song "Crystal Ball", a co-write with Joe Delia, appeared in the film "Art=(Love)2", and in 2013, instrumental versions of Mick's recordings of "Hometown" and "Bridget" (written by Gary Jude Anderson) appeared in the Long Island Surfing documentary film "A Hundred Miles To The End". In 2009, the song "Haunted" (as recorded with The Grip Weeds) appeared in the film "Blood River".
HISTORY: Since their debut at the Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport NY) on July 30th 2011, MICK HARGREAVES & THE KING GUYS (Mike Bifulco, Gary Dawson, Don Mangels, Howie Silverman, Chris Mehos, Jen Hargreaves-Pawliczak, with Pete Mancini, Jeff McLary, and Tom Ryan) have gone on to perform at the Rodeo Bar (NYC) and the Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett, NY), and opened the Great South Bay Music Fest (Patchogue, NY) on the main stage Friday, July 13th 2012.
Mick made a music & video contribution to Chris Butler's "Major Glitch" (Guinness Book of World Records' longest pop song ever recorded). A 2009 single/video paired a lavish Brian Wilson-meets-Phil Spector treatment of the late great Gary Jude Anderson's "Bridget" with a down-home front-parlour reading of Mick's "Can't Keep Track of You Blues", featuring Gene Casey (Lone Sharks) and Matty Liot (Montauk Project) on guitars.
PAST WORK: Mick was a founding member of the New York Roots Music Association (NYRMA). The list of other artists incorporating his low-end sounds, singing and guitar work is lengthy, and he proudly wears alumni garb from these outfits: The Dixie Bee-Liners, The Hangdogs, Los Blaggards, The Ghost Rockets, The Grip Weeds, The Tonebenders (NYC).