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Monday, June 19, 2017

Band of the Week: Mike Dunn & the Company

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge AMBER MARIE BOLLINGER
  • Amber Marie Bollinger

Welcome to Orlando Weekly's "Band of the Week." Every week, we highlight one of our favorite local bands. This week, we're pleased to bring you Mike Dunn & the Company.

Mike Dunn & the Company are playing June 24 at Will's Pub with Kolars, the Sh-Booms, and Richard Sherfey & All God's Children.

Just the facts (according to Mike Dunn):

Who's in the band?
CJ Mask plays guitar, Josh Butler drums, Brendan Allen May plays bass, I write songs and sing them.

When did the band form?
I’ve been playing these tunes in one form or another since the release of the first Mike Dunn & The Kings of New England record in 2006. This newest iteration has been together since 2015 with the release of our newest record, Hard Luck Soft Rock.

Currently available releases:
Hard Luck Soft Rock (2015)

Sundowner (2009) on Spotify
The Edge of America (2006) on Spotify


Describe your sound in five words:
Anthemic Americana Rock n’ Roll (*n’ counts as a word).

Five questions:

What has been your most memorable show so far?
We recently played 3Ten at Austin City Limits. They had this humongous display where you could play whatever you want behind you. I took a little footage from the front room at Will’s Pub and slapped our logo on top of it, it felt like a little piece of home was there with us.

Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?
I had the pleasure of putting together a festival last year called Folk Yeah that answered this question in the most efficient way possible. So many of my favorites, Matthew Fowler, Laney Jones, the whole Wynn “clan” played and I got to finish the night watching Kaleigh Baker and her Enablers after our set. It was perfect.

What description gets used for your band that you would most like to correct people on? Why?
One person tweeted at me, “You sound like a modern Bryan Adams… and Bryan Adams sucks.” I would not like to correct him at all. Bryan Adams rules.

What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? Why?
I love that the tides have turned a bit towards putting a lot of effort into what you do around here. I look at my friends in the Sh-Booms and they’re always looking to make their shows an “event.” I love the folks around here that take the time and care to make it more than just a show. Tierney Tough is really great with that too, anything she puts on goes on my calendar. Caring is cool.

Any big news to share?
I just got back from two months on the road. We covered the entire country already this year so we’re back at home base for a bit. I’m wrapping up a new EP and writing some tunes, taking pictures, making videos and sleeping… a lot.

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