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Mike Blakely
©2006 Swing Rider Records
Review by Lucky Boyd

Long time MTM member Mike Blakely offers his 2006 release “CARELESS MOONLIGHT.” The opening cut is nothing short of Blakely’s soon-to-be hit song “My Days Are Numbered.”  Recorded in Italy with the help of Stefano Bertolotti, this is Blakely’s best release to date.  The selections are supreme as Blakely ambles flawlessly through country and a little blues to end up in the soft spot of your musical heart.  “Howlin’ At The Moon” shall surely be a follow-up hit for Blakely and “Hecho In Mexico” is a reiteration of the Blakely tunes we’ve come to love from his previous releases.  Some old friends appear on the disc; Jeff Posey as co-writer on one cut and John M. Greenberg on backing vocals.  Joel Guzman’s accordion work on “Hecho In Mexico” is as tasteful and perfect as it gets.  But for a second co-write with Joe Forlini, Blakely pens the cuts and delivers them in his most polished fashion.  This album will garner many new fans for Mike Blakely.  His current fans await the masterpiece with open arms.  One of the best albums I’ve heard this year.  Get it now!

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