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 mike507240  |   83 years old  |   male  |   Portland, Oregon  |   member since 2014

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I am an electric Bass Player with over 50 years experience playing in various bands. I've never actually earned my living from music, however, I've played hundreds of paying gigs over the decades. My primary interests: Classic Country (40s, 50s, 60s), and Blues (West Coast electric Blues circa the 60s). I also play: Bluegrass, Traditional, Folk, 50's 60s Rock, etc., and a few of the old jazz standards. My place in the band is solidly in the rhythm section laying down a solid bass line (walking bass is my specialty) ; and, I can step up and sing a song or two in a set when the primary singer would like a break. I am currently doing a solo act playing my Breedlove acoustic-electric bass and singing classic country and novelty songs, etc., as a volunteer entertainer at local retirement, assisted living, and memory care facilities. My most recent band was "Stealin' Easy" - An easy goin', harmony singin', country-folk group (since disbanded - can be found on BandCamp). Prior to that I had a steady gig in a local Portland Blues band for over 30 years until it disbanded. I can provide recordings of both Stealin Easy, and the Blues band upon request.

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Acoustic, Bluegrass, Blues, Classic Rock, Country, Folk, Other

Musical Influences & Inspiration

Here's a short list of the songs that I sing. Lost Highway (1948 Leon Payne) - Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues (1937 Duke Ellington et al) - Blues Stay Away From Me (1949 Delmore Raney & Glover) - I Don't Hurt Anymore (1954 Robertson & Rollins) - You Win Again (1952 Hank Williams) - Shoo Fly Pie & Apple Pan Dowdy (1945 Wood & Gallop) Crazy as a Loon (John Prine 2005) - Big River (Johnny Cash 1958) - Detour (Spade Cooley 1945) - Miller's Cave (Hank Snow 1960) - Put Another Log on the Fire (Tompall Glaser 1975) - Set 'Em Up Joe (Vern Gosdin 1988) - Pistol Packin' Mama (1943 Al Dexter) - Walking the Floor Over you (1941 Ernest Tubb) - Home of the Blues (1957 Johnny Cash) - Sentimental Journey (1944 Les Brown et al) - Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue 1925 Henderson & Lewis) - Hank Williams, You wrote My Life (1975 Paul Craft) - Frogg Went a-Courting (Traditional, with some new verses - written by me - to bring it into the 21st Century) Song Writer Song (2014 - Mike Oxborrow) One Night in a Bar Room (2014 - Mike Oxborrow) A more complete list can be provided. (with citations and Keys)


Bass Guitar, Vocalist - Baritone

Gear & Equipment

I have several Bass Guitars, including a Semi-Custom Fretless, and a Breedlove Acoustic-Electric. Bass Amps: Roland Cube 60 (w/12"cab extension), Roland Cube 30, Also have small PA with two Sunn 2 x 10" cabs, 3 monitors, 5 channel PA amp, assorted mics, etc.I also have portable digital recording equipment and have successfully made live on-site recordings.

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Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Drums, Fiddle, Harmonica, Keyboard, Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone, Steel Guitar

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