Mike Mahaffey

Mike Mahaffey: Outlaw in Me

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Artist: Mike Mahaffey

Artist: Mike Mahaffey
Title: Outlaw in Me

Ever since I moved to Nashville, and truth be known even before I did, I have admired and marveled at a common trait found without exception in songwriters who hail from Texas-it is the effortless ability to speak to the listener in an unobscured, unfiltered and unfettered manner so that you never have to ask what they were talking about-just listen-they just told you. It is an innate talent to tell you what you already know in such a way that you can't help but want to hear it again. It is nothing less than the poetry of purity. No surprise then, that "The Outlaw In Me" by Mike Mahaffey, Texan, offers up a collection of songs that display this purity in full form with a production that is wonderfully understated-the rare combination where nothing is said that didn't need to be and there's no gratuitous accompaniment that only serves to get in the way of the song. And, there are songs here that are at once far reaching and yet immediately accessible in true Lone Star tradition: Standing Still could have fallen off of a Billy Joe Shaver album; Julianna is just as pure as a Kristofferson gem: and the dark Nothing's New would work on any James McMurtry collection. And, the title track made me squirm with unease because it's bare-boned honesty doesn't leave you anywhere to hide. What is it with these Texans? Whatever it is, I'm mighty glad they have it and so grateful that they share it with the rest of us. Thank you, Mike, for staying true to a wonderful tradition with your new offering. Tony Arata February 2010 (Tony's songwriting credits include 'The Dance' (Garth Brooks), 'Here I Am' (Patty Loveless), 'Dreaming With My Eyes Wide Open' (Clay Walker), 'I'm Holding My Own' (Lee Roy Parnell), along with songs recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Emmy Lou Harris, Delbert McClinton, Trisha Yearwood, Hal Ketchum and many others.) Mike Mahaffey's, "The Outlaw In Me" is a CD that feels good just holding it in your hand. Kinda like the feeling you get when holding your granddad's old pocketknife and thinking to yourself... "if only these old rusty blades could talk". Well, this CD does more than rest easy in your hands and evoke fond memories... it communicates life in the form of real songs, with real emotions about real people. If you're looking for honesty, then this collection of Mike's finest will warm your heart and feed your soul. It might even have you dancin' cross the kitchen floor in your socks with a big grin on your face. In true Texas tradition Mike writes and sings songs that are poetic yet grounded in the soil of the common man. His songs leave you a little better off than when they found you... because they give you something... and that "something", is the heart of a good man. Allen Shamblin February 2nd, 2011 (Allen's songwriting credits include 'He Walked On Water' (Randy Travis), 'In This LIfe' (Collin Raye), 'Thinking Problem' (DavidBall), 'Life's a Dance' (John Michael Montgomery), 'Don't Laugh At Me' (Mark Wills), Grammy nominated 'I Can't Make You Love Me' (Bonnie Raitt), and Grammy nominated and CMA winning song of the year, 'The House That Built Me' (Miranda Lambert)

1.1 She Sure Ain't Headed Home
1.2 Standing Still
1.3 Never Never Land
1.4 Kathy
1.5 My Very First Love
1.6 Closer to Texas
1.7 One Long Winter
1.8 The Outlaw in Me
1.9 Nothing's New
1.10 Julianna
1.11 Now They Call Me Paul
1.12 Out of My Mind
1.13 Your Father's Son

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