Mike Beck

A Celebration of the Songs of Stephen Stills and Neil Young

Thursday, October 19th, 7.30pm. $15adv.res/$18dr

The Ugly Mug, 4640 Soquel Drive, Soquel, CA 95073

 

 

Mike Beck is an engaging acoustic solo artist who regularly performs in the US and Europe. He is a regularly featured performer at The National Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering. Mike has 7 albums under his belt with original songs that have been recognized as some of the finest compositions on Western Americana out there. His strong command of the guitar, reminiscent of Stephen Stills, has also garnered him many requests for guitar workshops at festivals.

 

Growing up in California Mike was really exposed to the California-West Coast sounds, including
the work of Stills and Neil Young…the sounds of well written and performed songs, enriched by great playing on those old Martin guitars they both used. So in recent years he started listening to, and learning, some of those performances from the late 60's and early 70's, on Youtube. So to test himself he put together a show, “A Celebration of the Acoustic Songs of Stephen Stills and Neil Young” and has been performing it in the US and Europe. Mike says “It's been an amazing experience. I do it out of complete respect to these two artists. I do it for the challenge. I do it to keep great songs alive. I do it for that Martin guitar sound....and mostly I do it because it's fun as hell!”

 

www.mikebeck.com

 

According to Ramblin' Jack Elliot, "Mike Beck plays the guitar like a

Byrd. His strings do things that mine could never do. They obey the

slightest finger-touch commands like a fine Reining Horse."