Having spent almost 7 years under the Nashville spell in the years of the transition from the Country Music tradition of story telling through lyric to the current trend of songwriting by committee they returned to their Florida roots disillusioned with music.
Michael McKinney became a well respected author with a starred review in Publishers Weekly and accolades across the country for his first novel "A Thousand Bridges".
But the love for songwriting still haunted them. Through a magical moment of clarity at the Kerrville Folk Festival, in the nineties, the realization struck them that Nashville had become the "business of music" not the music itself. That's when Mike & Maggie McKinney became Lucky Mud. Their reformation became their musical salvation. The love of a beautifully written lyric paired with a melody that fits the words so seamlessly that they cannot be separated without mournful loss. The ability to reach out and touch an audience with a voice that comforts or stings. A voice that amuses or inspires.
Words have power and a great melody enhances that power. That's "Mud" music. Their love of a great song has taken them on journeys throughout the world.
Their original music has taken them from the Legendary Linen Hall, in Castlebar, Ireland to Campbell's Pub on the wild coast of County Mayo in the west and throughout Connamara. From the Island of Sark, in the tidy bowl blue English Channel to the bridge bound streets of Newcastle upon Tyne in Northern England and Bandera,Texas ( yes, it is another country) to the beautiful hills of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in Canada. Lucky Mud has shared their Florida swamp roots "Mud" born music.
Lucky Mud has opened for and shared stages with both the infamous and famous musicians currently touring today. From the legendary songwriter Eric Taylor to the irreverent Grant Peeples. From the mesmerizing talents of the California Folk Duo, Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald to the sultry voiced Sally Spring. Too many incredible voices singing out in the wilderness of satellite radio channels and independent music sources to name but all equally blessed with the true gift of storytelling. Too honest for Nashville. Too gifted to compromise by writing songs by committee. The music, and nothing but the music, matters.
Lucky Mud can be contacted for bookings at:
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