Nothing Left to Chance
MICK KINNEY "He sure do play them horse teeth!" quipped 95 year old clarinetist Stranger Malone of Mick's barrel house style. Along his musical journey, Mick Kinney has played stride piano at Manhattan's Swing 46 with veteran tap dancer Harold Cromer (of Stump & Stumpy), fiddle with Creole jazzman Al Broussard in New Orleans' French Quarter, and lap steel at Louisiana's Cajun Rendez-vous. He has performed at McCabe's in Los Angeles, the Bluebird in Nashville, and on NPR's Mountain Stage. A versatile accompanist, he has also worked with John Hartford, Sarah Guthrie, Vic Chesnut, Victoria Williams, and REM's Peter Buck. Mick is also a composer/lyricist par excellence, and his songwriting reflects his eclectic background. He calls his songs "videos for ther ear." His recording "Nothing Left to Chance" of original songs was named Critics Choice by "Creative Loafing," and Best Unknown Artist by "Stomp and Stammer." Currently Mick is working on a CD of Old Time Georgia fiddle tunes, as well as a recording of his original ragtime piano compositions titled "Tango Rag Time. He is also a beloved teacher of fiddle, piano, and music theory in his home of Atlanta.