Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mike Watson of The Mike Watson Band - "Biscuit On My Mind"

Last night I got a chance to catch up with my old friend Mike Watson who was playing at Doc's in Smyrna with his band, The Mike Watson Band. Mike is a seasoned musician, who has opened for, or performed with, the Freddy Fender Band, Confederate Railroad, Cheap Trick, Darlene Austin, Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds, Bill Haley's Comets, Janie Frickie, Melva Montgomery, Allen Frizzell, and Doyle Grisham, just to name a few. Mike and his band really do a great job interpreting the blues, and a MWB set might also include country, classic rock and southern rock standards, by artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan, Santana and Merle Haggard.

Mike also writes his own songs and does commercial jingles. I asked Mike about how he goes about it.

I am a mood writer. I don't just sit down and write, the mood has to be right. The hook always comes first, the music falls into place.

He explained how he came to write one of his favorites "Biscuit On My Mind".

I was inspired by my bass player. We had a room together in Nashville. We'd only slept about three hours and he said to me, "get up Mike, I have a biscuit on my mind!" and I told him to go back to bed.

The next evening we were rehearsing at the club and I said "I have a new one. It is just a I, IV, V blues." It was supposed to be just a joke, but people who heard liked it and started requesting it, so I had to finish it.

Go to Mike Watson's website at to listen to or purchase MWB music and more.

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