Fraser / Live Music: Journeying down the acoustic road
February 8, 2008
With Music as a last name in a family full of musicians, Mike Music was destined to stroll down that acoustic road, guitar case strapped on his back.
There was always music in the house growing up, Mike said, and, as the daughter of a Nazarene minister, Mike’s grandma “could play the piano like nobody I know.” His love for the guitar, which Mike started learning to play at age 9, most likely came from his dad who also played guitar. Along the way, he also managed to learn to play some mandolin and banjo.
He grew up listening to artists like Bob Wills, Merle Haggard, Doc Watson, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.
“(That music is) just real, you know. It’s real. It’s raw. Particularly the bluegrass … it’s just guitar and what kind of music you can produce with the guitar,” he said. “It’s the most fundamental music for me and for some strange reason that appeals to me.”
Music came on to the Grand County scene after moving here from Oklahoma in 1998.
He came to start a new career in land surveying and, with a real estate and construction company to run, he considers his music just a hobby.
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He first met Yaniv Salzberg, who will be playing with him during Friday night’s show, when Salzberg was studying to play the part of Hank Williams for the Grand Theatre Company. Music, who admired Williams, was helping Salzberg promote the tribute.
Salzberg and friends recently celebrated Yaniv’s first-ever solo CD, which features 13 original pieces by Salzberg, who sings and plays guitar, bass, dobro, piano,
mandolin and ukulele for the album. The Jerusalem-born musician grew up in Colorado from the age of 3 and went on to attend the University of Colorado where he studied music and anthropology. He completed his bachelor’s degree after a year at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and finished a professional certificate in studio production from the Berklee School of Music.
Music said he usually plays country with a southern-rock flavor and that when he plays with Salzberg, “he takes me to a different level; it can be anything from pure country to extreme jam-band playing.”
The two are looking forward to the show, Music’s debut at the Roastery, and they look forward to playing as a duo. They are also working on a compilation album to be released sometime in the future.
“Grand County has many talented musicians and I have been very fortunate to have played with several throughout the previous years,” Music said. “Yaniv is such a talented musician and we really enjoy playing together.”
Each Friday night during the ski season, the Fraser Roastery will be hosting a wide selection of musical talent from across the country for all ages. Upcoming performers include Carlson Nightly and the Smooth Shifters Feb. 15 and an Open Mic Night Feb. 22.
As a way to thank the many people who come out to support live music, the Grand County Blues Society often gives the Roastery tickets to their blues shows to raffle off on Friday nights.