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Bruce McKinney
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Sing Me
Peak in sub-genre #37
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Smitten (Crushed)
Peak in sub-genre #80
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Pit Mine Blues
Peak position #26
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Stomp On My Heart
Peak in sub-genre #25
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Worth The Trouble
Peak in sub-genre #38
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Guantanamo
Peak in sub-genre #59
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Older Women
Peak in sub-genre #23
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Hang On, Let Go
Peak in sub-genre #51
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Tell Him No
Peak in sub-genre #72
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She Rolls
Peak position #83
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Henna Bracelet
Peak position #86
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Another Damn New Mexico Sunset
Peak position #74
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Less Than Anyone I've Ever Known
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I Don't Need No Angel
Peak in sub-genre #67
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Bargain With God
Peak in sub-genre #25
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Great Grandmas Boogie Down
Peak in sub-genre #58
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States of the Union
Peak in sub-genre #55
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Roberta Blue
Peak in sub-genre #20
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Other Way Around
Peak in sub-genre #22
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Turn Me Off
Peak in sub-genre #24
Sing Me
Sift one cup folk, one cup R&B, one cup blues, one tablespoon jazz. Mix in spirit of Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, and Greg Brown. Add to taste: dry humor, faith against odds, bloody heartbreak. Bake 5o-some years in hard knocks oven. Add spark of Goddess. Serve with acoustic guitar and baritone vocals.
Band/artist history
At the tender age of 48 I got a message from a higher power telling me to sing. I've played guitar for 35 years, but I believed I couldn't sing a note. But this wasn't the kind of message you couldn't refuse, so I started singing. It turns out I can sing, especially if I use my natural baritone instead of trying to imitate Neil Young. A year later I started writing songs, and I've been turning them out ever since.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Occasionally I play gigs in Southwest New Mexico.
Your musical influences
I'd like to sing like Johnny Cash, Greg Brown, and Leonard Cohen. I'd like to write songs like Brown, Cohen, and Bob Dylan. I'd like to play guitar like Neil Young (acoustic version) and Willie Nelson. But it's not going to happen. So I just do what I can with what I've got.
What equipment do you use?
I frequently play baritone guitar. I have two--an Alvarez Yairi and a Soare's Electric hollow body. Sometimes I tune down to B and sometimes even farther down to A. For regular tuning I play a Van Linge acoustic, made by local luthier Scott Van Linge. I also play a banjo guitar and a classical guitar on occasion. I'm learning to play bass. I enjoy playing percussion--various hand drums and a drum set.
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