Biography - Mick Hargreaves

Mick Hargreaves, Nashville TN Sept 2018
Photo: D. Jahnke
"The songs of Mick Hargreaves can be easily pigeonholed as "Americana", but that would do a grave injustice to the breadth of styles his tunes encompass. Having fronted many different outfits over the years, Mick's songs manage to contain a little slice of each of the roads he's traveled. A little classic twang here, some Early 80's college rock flavor there, but always tied together with strong pop hooks and melodies. It's hard not to compare him to another musical jack-of-all-trades in the legendary songwriter/producer Nick Lowe, as Mick also happens to be known for slinging a 4 string electric bass in addition to pickin' the six string. A veteran of the business, Mr. Hargreaves has cracked the code of what it takes to create some seriously infectious American pop/rock." - Bryan Gallo

Since the end of 2014, Mick's Lantern Sound Recording Rig (LSRR) has operated in a sprawling 1920's farmhouse in the pine barrens of Long Island NY, where he records, rehearses, and holds house concerts. Mick has hosted "The Lantern Sound Rig Stage" at the Montauk Music Festival, Cabin Fever Music Festival, and Alive After Five (Patchogue NY). Artists who have recorded & performed with the LSRR include Bill Knell, Hampton Gypsy, Ludlow Ejacula, Dalton Portella, Rorie Kelly, Marianne Megna, Rob Europe, Julia King, Oldsquaw, Dixie Bee-Liners, Marigrace Dineen, WhaleHeart, 40 Foot Saints, Valery Levine, Don & Rachel Bracken, Lindsey Ellyn, Douglas Attridge, Marty Attridge, Eddie Ayala, Robert Bruey, John Cicciarello, Keith Cummings, Bryan Downey, Jonathan Evensen, Glenn Feit Sr., Chuck Finch, Dean Fritscher, Leah Kay, Rorie Kelly, Gene Casey, Andy Aledort, Jack Licitra, Mariann Megna, James O'Malley, Delaney Hafener, Fred Raimondo, Dan Reyburn, Greg Root, Walter Sargent, Steven Skoldberg, Gail Storm, Shari Yeomans and Skip English's bizarre "Mambo No. 9" project, a mash-up of The Beatles and Lou Bega.


2015's ambitious "ONE GUITAR" two-CD effort, produced by Don Bracken and recorded by Mick with the LSRR, brought together twenty-nine solo songwriters, recorded performing on the same day, using the same 1961 Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar, recorded to benefit the Maureen's Haven charity organization. This effort went so well that 2016 saw the release of the sequel "One Guitar More", also produced by Don Bracken.

Mick's latest digital single "(I've Got) A Guy For That" dropped on the eve of the 2016 US presidential election. It is available as a free download for a limited time at https://mickhargreaves.bandcamp.com

A full-band epic production of the song "Crystal Ball", a co-write with rock and roll pianist/composer Joe Delia, self-produced and recorded at the Lantern Sound Recording Rig with Mick's band The King Guys was digitally released on August 1, 2016 as a sneak preview of similar things to come, and it will soon enjoy an accompanying music film.

A compilation CD of Mick Hargreaves music titled "BEST" was released on April 10 2013. Mick hosted the "Outrageous Open Mic Night" at the Stephen Talkhouse during his long run there from Nov 2013-May 2015, and completed an acoustic duet tour of the Mid-Atlantic USA with Pete Mancini in April 2013, making stops all over LI, NYC, Brooklyn, Queens, Hoboken NJ, Philadelphia PA, Baltimore MD, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia.

FILM/TV: 2016 saw the appearance of the song "Rinse and Repeat", a co-write with Rich Arfin and Klyph Black, in the Netflix Judd Apatow series "Love". In 2012, a vocal and piano recording of "Crystal Ball" (Joe Delia on piano, MH singing), appeared in the film "Art=(Love)2", and in 2013, instrumental versions of Mick's recordings of "Hometown" and "Bridget" (written by Gary Jude Anderson) appeared in the Long Island Surfing documentary film "A Hundred Miles To The End". In 2009, the song "Haunted" (as recorded with The Grip Weeds) appeared in the film "Blood River".

Mick made a music & video contribution to Chris Butler's "Major Glitch" (Guinness Book of World Records' longest pop song ever recorded). A 2009 single/video paired a lavish Brian Wilson-meets-Phil Spector treatment of the late great Gary Jude Anderson's "Bridget" with a down-home front-parlour reading of Mick's "Can't Keep Track of You Blues", featuring Gene Casey (Lone Sharks) and Matty Liot (Montauk Project) on guitars.

Mick Hargreaves and the King Guys have been working on "Never A Cover", studio recordings of song-renditions they've performed at the Rodeo Bar NYC, which closed forever July 27th, 2014. Since their debut at the Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport NY) on July 30th 2011, the band (Mike Bifulco, Gary Dawson, Don Mangels, Howie Silverman, Chris Mehos, Jen Hargreaves-Pawliczak, with Pete Mancini, Jeff McLary, and Tom Ryan) went on to perform at the Rodeo Bar (NYC) and the Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett, NY), and opened the Great South Bay Music Fest (Patchogue, NY) on the main stage Friday, July 13th 2012.

PAST WORK: Mick was a founding member of the New York Roots Music Association (NYRMA). The list of other artists incorporating his low-end sounds, singing and guitar work is lengthy, and he proudly wears alumni garb from these outfits: Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks, Rob Europe Band, Grand Theft Aloha, Pete Mancini & The Hillside Airmen, Bryan Gallo & His Band, The Dixie Bee-Liners, The Hangdogs, Los Blaggards, The Ghost Rockets, The Grip Weeds, The Tonebenders (NYC).

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