Lucky Mud has been very busy.
Touring last year from Houston, Texas, to Nova Scotia, where Maggie's original song Tall Ships was being played on the radio as the Tall Ships entered Halifax Harbor (definitely a highlight of the tour), has kept the duo on the road.
House concerts in Jersey City, Nova Scotia, downtown Boston and more, along with 8 festivals plus concerts and club dates makes home a sweet place to hide. Even there, in the Florida panhandle, Mud has presented twice-weekly concerts featuring themselves along with an amazing array of Americana artists in a double bill that began the first week of February, 2013.
This series is bringing music to the panhandle Thursday nights with Americana Under the Stars at Topsail Hill State Park ( at the end of the musically rich highway known as 30A) , followed by a Sunday concert at the legendary Roberts Hall in Lynn Haven, just outside Panama City.
Hank Williams played Roberts Hall in the late 40s.
Since February, Lucky Mud has brought singer/songwriters to Florida for these shows, which includes (a treat for touring musicians) a four day/four night mini-vacation with lodging at Topsail Hill State Park in a beautiful cabin at the beach. All info on this series is available at luckymudmusic.com
This series is already booked through March, 2014, and all money raised goes to the musician and to either the renovation of Roberts Hall or helping the Friends of Topsail Hill State Park with the park's upkeep. It is a beautiful 1600 acre state park with two very rare Barrier Dune Lakes, hiking trails and one of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see. There are photos of this series posted on Lucky Mud's website as well.
Roberts Hall, 60 miles East of Topsail Hill, is a 100 year old building whose main floor has been beautifully and lovingly rebuilt by members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Money raised will complete the rebuilding of the second floor and will bring the Hall up to the latest codes. The second floor has a large and unique stage, and this is where Hank Williams played a long time ago. The walls of the second floor feature floor-to-ceiling murals painted in 1941, and the building is located on Florida Avenue at Ninth Street.
Definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme, this series is more a labor of love. Through it Lucky Mud has introduced a new audience to dozens of original singer/songwriters, and has introduced some great musicians to the beauty of the Florida panhandle.
Finally, the series was designed to run with or without Lucky Mud, and a small army of dedicated people show up at each show ready to set up the equipment and make the show happen. Each venue has sound and lights provided, so it's plug-and-play. Even more than that, it's an All Original Showcase of music.
Mud wants to stay on the road. So, way down here at the bottom of this blog is the request: Mud is hoping to book their 2014 schedule with dreams of a line of venues that will take them around the country and beyond. If interested, please contact them at Reverbnation or at their website: www.luckymudmusic.com
Their music and information is available in both places and all CDs (except for their tour CD, Tall Ships) are available at CD Baby.
Lucky Mud will return to the West of Ireland, November 2013, for its eleventh tour. They have played from Neachtain's Pub on Quay Street in Galway to the beautiful Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar. Their last show is always with the amazing Donal McLynn in McLynn's Pub, Sligo. A bittersweet end to each tour, because leaving Ireland is a hard thing to do.
(an exerpt from my blog http://writinginbedsleepinginthechair.blogspot.com) Music has taken me, literally, almost around the world; and it has opened that world up to me. Back from a 4500 mile tour, Maggie and I played in Jersey City, then we were up at 5 a.m. and on the road like maniacs on the way to another gig in North Carolina.. The week before it was Nova Scotia, and a house concert in downtown Boston. Stopping for the night just outside Savannah, thinking of home and the dozen lobsters we'd shipped back from the coast of Maine for a party. A puzzle piece in the life of Lucky Mud - Maggie and me. Forty plus years of carving a path, trying to conquer the world one bar at a time. Last March I had two heart attacks. We played our first road gig four days after I got out of the hospital. If I'd sat home I would've died. Playing music is what we do, what we love. Two years ago we hosted a twenty five concert series at a local theater, and brought in singer/songwriters from across the country. Folks like Beaucoup Blue, Sally Spring and Rebekah Pulley - Kamm and MacDonald came all the way from Northern California to our little Florida panhandle town to play the most amazing concert I've ever seen.. We were very proud of the series and swore we'd never do it again. Ever. Now....here we go again. Check out luckymudmusic.com for all the details.