This guy could lead off any "hat act" country show and he's not even from Nashville, August 7, 2009
By (Phila, PA USA) - See all my reviews
One sample track from Mike Short Jr's new CD on a sampler album convinced me I had to hear more and I'm sure glad I did. He's found a great collaboration in the song lyrics of Erich Yesse (who penned nearly all the songs on this album - the rest written by a "W. Yesse") and his own "country-fied" vocal style.
I was surprised to see that he's based in Pennsylvania, not Tennessee. He sure has that twang in his voice.
Any one of the 12 tracks (unusual, since most country albums only have 10) would fit on a new country station. The typical subjects of "new country" are here: Love, returning from a war and dancing!. The songs all hold up to repeated listening. He's make a great opening act for Brad, George, or Tim (you know who I mean).
Anyway, this is a great first effort and I highly recommend it to country fans.
MIKE SHORT JR: REVIEWS
Blame It On Me" Reviewed by RadioIndy.com!
POSTED BY: momof5pacs POSTED ON: 09 Nov 2009 06:39 PM
Mike Short Jr’s terrific debut CD, “Blame It On Me,” is that rarest of 21st century Country and Western albums: it’s full of genuine country music. The fiddles are pure Nashville, the piano is authentic honky tonk, the guitar tones are patented Fender, and Short’s plaintive, down-home vocals recall classic singers with names like Merle, Garth and Buck. Granted, there’s enough contemporary country-rock sheen to make songs like the up-tempo “Good Guys Wear Black” and “Lady in Waiting” completely radio-ready, but such studio polish can’t hide the deep country underpinnings that make this 12-song collection solid from beginning to end. Bookended by the soulful delivery of opening track, “Who’s to Blame,” and the solemn tones of the final song - the excellent ballad, “Soon I’m Comin’ Home,” Mike Short Jr’s hook-filled “Blame It on Me” CD touches all the bases on an album for listeners who still appreciate true country singers and real country songs.
-Rice B and the RadioIndy.com reviewer team
Mike Short Jr. Brings Alt-Country Sound Back Home
By: Naila Francis
His home may be Ottsville but since the release of his debut album, “Blame It On Me,” in April, the twang in Mike Short Jr.’s voice has been catching many a critic by surprise.
“This guy could lead off any ‘hat act’ country show and he’s not even from Nashville,” wrote one particularly impressed reviewer.
Short, who won the title of Pennridge Idol in 2007 and Doylestown Idol in 2008, has, however been attending Middle Tennessee State University, where he is studying music performance.
But in January, he returns to his home turf for two shows at Puck in Doylestown.
He’ll be performing with the Downtime Band, featuring guitarist Greg Scheckler, bassist Conor Wright and drummer Bridger Simons, all juniors at Palisades High School. Since Mike's CD release party at Montana West in Quakertown earlier this year, Mike Short Jr. and the Downtime Band has had a busy schedule, performing everywhere from community events such as Quakertown Alive and the Tinicum Arts Festival to notable venues like Puck and World Café Live in Philadelphia, where the group qualified for CREAM: The Best of Philly Rising, from among the dozens of artists featured at a weekly open mic.
The band will brings its alt-country sound, fusing traditional country and rock, to Puck, 1 Printer’s Alley, on Jan. 3, performing an all-ages show at 5 p.m. and a 21-and-over show at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for the early show, $10 for the later.
Information: 215-348-9000; www.pucklive.com.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
CD Review: Mike Short Jr - Blame It On Me
Mike Short Jr is an extremely well polished Country artist. His voice is as good if not better than any other Country artist out in the mainstream today!
His new album Blame It On Me is a wonderful showcase of his skills. The opening song "Who's To Blame" is a wonderful mid tempo song that I can imagine women will swoon over. The CD really kicks into gear with "Lady In Waiting" where he sings about meeting a woman while out at a bar. The next few songs on the CD are great but a real good old dance song is "I Can Dance". This song would be great live with a crowded dance floor! It gets away from the love style songs and puts some great fun into the CD and it is one of my favorites! Basically this CD is a winner. It has love songs, slow songs, dance songs and fun songs as well. Along with his good looks, Mike has a complete package here! Dan Drilling did a wonderful job at mixing and mastering project.
The final song is a song about a soldier wanting to come home. If you listen to the song in the right mood it may bring a tear to your eye especially if you have a loved one overseas!
9 out of 10 stars
Posted by Tattoo Pictures at 10:23 AM
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