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The WDVX Big Plate – 10/13 – Andrea & Mud / Mic Harrison & The High Score
October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ever wonder what it would have been like if johnny and june were backed by the cramps? if conway and loretta toured with the ventures? if link wray and amy winehouse fell in love, started a band and everything they put out sounded like it was for a new tarantino movie? that is a good start to describing atlanta duo andrea & mud though you have to see them live or listen to a whole album to even begin to understand them. the couple isn’t country enough for the cowboys nor surf enough for the surfers. and they don’t give a damn. their versatility and wide range of inspirations keeps them from blending in with the other bands out there trying to sound like tom petty. if andrea & mud are gonna model their personas after anyone, it’s a dirty blonde truck driver from the ‘60’s and the cute little waitress at the bottom of a hill. but he is the greatest picker in town and she’s a firecracker that plays a saw.
With recent Sync placements in films such as Red Rocket (starring Simon Rex), new relationships with Warner Chappell Music Group and two-time Grammy winning producer Joshua Monroy, andrea & mud have carved their name into the cortex of national and international peers. Described by many as sounding “…like a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack…” (Ditty TV) the four piece band brings an exciting and invigorating experience to fans through a blend of 60’s style music branded as Surf-Western.
Since the 2020 release of their sophomore album Bad News Darlin’, Andrea & Mud have released an EP for Warner Chappell’s Valo Artists catalog called the Promiseland and another 5 songs off of their upcoming album Institutionalized due out in 2023. Like everything else they have ever done, it is totally fresh while still being classic and most importantly, it cannot fit into a box.
Together, Andrea & Mud are a match made in heaven, their stories forever intertwined. Separately, their backstories could not be more different.
Growing up in St. Louis, Colburn wanted to play guitar, so her mother bought her one 一 but she “never learned very well,” she admits. During her youth, she largely gravitated to classic rock and blues music and musicians like Robert Johnson, the Black Keys, and Led Zeppelin. When she moved to Georgia in 2012, a shift happened. She connected with members of Rolling Nowhere and the Deslondes, and a new path opened before her. She grabbed her guitar, sat on a stool, and performed open mics around town.
Still unsure of her talents, she sought out and surrounded herself with “people who really wanted to play with me,” she says, “really talented friends.” A spark had been ignited, and there was no extinguishing it. Colburn released her solo debut Sad Songs & Switchblades in 2015.
Meanwhile, Moseley always had a knack for playing. His father collected guitars, and he’d always pick one up and “make a bunch of noise.” “I was always the one to bring a guitar to the bonfire where everyone is getting drunk,” he says. He later went to college to major in art with an emphasis in ceramics, trodding out to open mic nights often caked in clay. The nickname “Mud” was born, and it stuck.
Moseley and Colburn met in 2016 at Atlanta’s beloved Star Bar during a Legendary Shack Shakers show. They struck up an instant connection, and in the coming months, Colburn was “begging Kyle to come play with me,” she says. “He came over and played ‘Dark River’ for me.” they finished the song together. And the rest is history.
I’d rather see Mic Harrison and the High Score perform than just about any band on the planet.
That’s not just because Mic and the guys have a couple of road cases full of great songs or they’re journeyman musicians who’ve been a part of some of the best bands to come out of the South. It’s because every time I go to a Mic Harrison and the High Score show, I know I’m going to walk in and see guys who look like they’re having so much fun on stage that it can’t help but spill out into the audience. I know I’m going to walk out at the end the night feeling better about the world with great rock ‘n’ roll and honky tonk songs playing over and over in my head.
Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Mic Harrison, lead guitarist Robbie Trosper, bassist Vance Hillard, guitarist Kevin Abernathy and drummer Don Coffey, Jr., have a chemistry that can only come from long term friendships and shared experiences. Harrison, who started his young adulthood working in a saw mill in Bradford, Tenn., a town so small it barely shows up on the map between Memphis and Jackson. He moved to Knoxville in the 1990s to become co-lead singer-songwriter (with Scott Miller) in The V-Roys, a band that defined “Americana” before it was genre. After that group split, he teamed with Trosper in the short-lived favorites The Faults and, later, teamed with Coffey in the now legendary power pop act Superdrag. When Superdrag ended, Harrison enlisted established Knoxville rock act The High Score to back up a tour and the chemistry was so good that the partnership never ended.
In the past 12 years or so, Mic and the guys have traveled the country, performing at festivals from Bonnaroo to Easyriders Rodeos, headlining bills from concert halls to the stickiest bars, opening shows for everyone from Billy Joe Shaver to Huey Lewis and the News to ZZ Top, and recording a terrific single with classic country singer Con Hunley.
I’ve been lucky enough to experience Mic Harrison and the High Score perform about 50 times. I expect to see them at least 50 more. In the world today, you need something that’s guaranteed to make you feel good that won’t hurt you – aside from a little soreness from swaying and dancing.
I consider Mic Harrison and the High Score mental health food.
– Wayne Bledsoe