Currently booking solo performances (acoustic guitar, vocals, slide guitar and harmonica) promoting his new CD Mike Breen And The Big Dream "All Night Long" and band performances for concerts, corporate events, weddings, receptions, cocktail and holiday parties, grand openings with a repertoire ranging from 5 CDs of original material as well as lots of covers.
Mike released 2 Cds in the nineties to critical acclaim (favorable reviews in "Dirty Linen," "Sing Out" and several other national publications) and started to have other artists record his songs which eventually led to a passion for recording. Also, during this period of time Mike got his first b bender telecaster which would eventually lead him to write and record a ground breaking CD called "Mescal Mary and Other B Bender Guitar Instrumentals" and received notable reviews in many national publications including "20th Century Guitar." Since then, Mike has two more CDs including "Apartment Living" and "All Night Long" on his own label Basilbone Records.
Currently, you can find Mike contributing to other projects including "Spirit Cave" with his son, Ryan, Mike Bell, Lawrence Hearn and Dave Marquez as well as a brand new band with Doug Haywood and Mickey McGee. Mike also continues to record and produce his own and other artists' music most recently working on Jessi Colter's "Out of the Ashes" (for which he was favorably reviewed in "Mix" magazine as an engineer) as well as composing and recording music for television and movies including the made for TV special "Walker, Texas Ranger - Trial by Fire," Discovery Channel's "Sucking Amps," A&E Biographies on Bruce Willis, Halle Berry, Will Smith, Cuba Gooding Jr, Kevin Costner, Kevin Kline, Leonardo Di Caprio, Owen Wilson and the soon to be airing on Public Television "Lassie's Pet Vet," NBC's "America's Got Talent," TLC's "Property Ladder," "My First Home," The Discovery Channel's "Clinically Wild - Alaska," "ABC's Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann," "American Idol Rewind," "Wedding Central," "Farmer Wants A Wife" on the CW network, "Can You Duet" on CMT, "Clean House" on the Style Network, "Losing It, Tales From Fat Camp" and "The Osbornes Reloaded."
Mike Breen - Solo Artist - Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, slide, B and G Bender Telecaster
Russ Skaggs - Vocals, Bass
Ken Skaggs - Pedal Steel Guitar and Mandolin
Mickey McGee - Drums, Cajon
Mike Cirillo - Fiddle
Billy Parker - mandolin
1993 "Just Like Me" (cassette release) Basilbone Records
1996 "No Excuses" Basilbone Records
2000 "Past Lives" Basilbone Records
2004 "Mescal Mary and Other Songs for the B Bender Guitar"
2008 "Apartment Living" Basilbone Records
2010 "Big Big Dream" Single on Basilbone Records
2012 "Mike Breen And The Big Dream - All Night Long" Basilbone Records
Mike Breen On Songwriting
The Alternate Root, Artist Of The Week
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Review: The Alternate Root, Artist Of The Week "Long time buddies came to help Mike Breen and pla...Review: The Alternate Root, Artist Of The Week
"Long time buddies came to help Mike Breen and play on his most recent release, All Night Long. Mike gathered friends from the Phoenix area, players who have day gigs that take them to world stages and hearts that hold loyalty as a cherished trait. All Night Long features Doug Haywood (Jackson Browne), Mickey McGee ( Linda Ronstadt), Michael Dinner (Flying Burritos Brothers), Matt Cartsonis (Warren Zevon) and Cheryl Wolff (Alan Jackson).
Listening to All Night Long, your ear can tell why Mike Breen collects friends like coupons offering specials. His vocal delivery is warm and inviting. His story lines are conversations about life and observations on its living moments. “Baby’s Comin’ in on a Plane” lets you feel the excitement of the guy at the gate whose heart beats a little faster with each departing passenger, “Cristina Valencia” slips south of the border to plead to the lady in the title for a little love light from her dark eyes and “Carnival Queen” walks the midway with love at your side."
-The Alternate Root, Artist of the week.
Mike Breen And The Big Dream.
Arizona Super Group “Mike Breen and the Big Dream” to Headline
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Arizona Super Group “Mike Breen and the Big Dream” to Headline Zonal Music Group 7th Annual Christm...Arizona Super Group “Mike Breen and the Big Dream” to Headline
Zonal Music Group 7th Annual Christmas Showcase and Benefit
By Mariah Fleming
Start your December partying early at what promises to be an exceptionally entertaining musical event, the Zonal Music Group 7th Annual Christmas Showcase and Benefit at Pranksters Too in Scottsdale. On Saturday December 15, ZMG hosts a back-to-back lineup of excellent live music beginning at 6:15pm for only $10. The impressive showcase leads up to the new CD release party for nationally known Arizona favorite Mike Breen. Breen was honored as Artist of the Week in Alternate Root Magazine this September. Songs from his newest CD “All Night Long” will be performed by the headline act, super group Mike Breen and the Big Dream.
Breen describes his music as “Acoustic Americana with an Arizona Texture.” It’s a perfect description of this group of six veteran Arizona musicians who have worked nationally and internationally with many of the biggest names in contemporary music. “Mike Breen and the Big Dream is my core band, the guys I play with whenever there’s a concert gig.” Breen explained. “We don’t often get to do these things in a concert setting, so we’re really looking forward to this!” Breen has known and played with the members of Mike Breen and the Big Dream Band for many years. Breen and each musician in the band (Ken Skaggs, Russell Skaggs, Mickey McGee, Billy Parker and Mike Cirillo) bring to the stage stellar reputations as some of the best musicians around, no contest.
Ken Skaggs and his brother Russell Skaggs both toured with Glen Campbell for many years, among other things. Prior to that they were involved in legendary Arizona groups like “The Normal Brothers” and “The Two Week Notice Band.” The Skaggs brothers are both very well known, highly accomplished musicians. Ken plays pedal steel, lap steel, mandolin and guitar; Russ plays acoustic and electric bass, and they both sing. That just taps the surface of what these two can do. Mickey McGee, who’ll be playing percussion on ‘Cajon’ (an instrument described by Breen as “the little box drummers sit on and play with their hands”) has played with Linda Ronstadt, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Michael Dinner, Ricky Nelson “and everybody who’s anybody in Los Angeles” Breen explained.
Billy Parker, who plays mandolin in the band, grew up playing bluegrass music on the east coast. He moved to Arizona a long time ago. Breen describes Parker as “The all star mandolin player in Arizona who’s played in a bunch of famous bluegrass bands and is called by everybody to work!” Breen said that he was privileged to meet Parker through Kyle Harris, owner of Arizona’s Playr Recording, when Parker was brought in to play on Breen’s 1996 CD “No Excuses.” Playing fiddle in Mike Breen and the Big Dream is Mike Cirillo, who Breen met at the old Red River Opry in the early 1990’s, when it was a thriving venue featuring Branson style country music shows. “Mike is so smart. He’s one of these guys who is just mind blowing!” says Breen. “Mike Cirillo is one of the best fiddle players I’ve ever known!” he declared. Judging by Cirillo’s reviews, everyone agrees.
When asked why Breen chose to do a CD release party for Zonal Music Group he said he’d seen Ronnie Glover playing at Pranksters Too, and found out about the showcases of original music Rick Wall was doing at Pranksters. “I heard that Rick (Wall) was booking original music, and that’s so great. I found out that he’s been doing this for a long time, and that he knows a lot of musicians. He’s been bringing in some great people. So I contacted him and said: “Hey, can I send you a CD? And if you like it can I do a show down there?” In addition to songs from Breen’s new CD, it’s likely that, with the fantastic players in Mike Breen and the Big Dream, given the great variety of music between the musicians in the group, there will be some ‘don’t miss’ musical surprises in store.
It’s going to be a full night of terrific music. Prior to Mike Breen and the Big Dream at 11pm, the evening will feature a special appearance at 10pm by Tucson’s Namoli Brennet, who has played the ZMG showcase many times to rousing receptions. Brennet is an exquisitely gifted songwriter and singer who is rapidly becoming a national name. She is constantly touring nationwide, so the opportunity to catch her at the showcase may be the last time to see her perform in Arizona for quite awhile. Brennet is also bringing her new CD to the show, and will perform songs from her newest CD in addition to crowd pleasers from her previous CD’s.
The talented and entertaining Darin Mahoney takes the stage at 9pm with a set that includes many friends and musical surprises. At 8pm The Hope Ladder Duo comes onstage with David Bryan Cook and Graham “Dr. Slide” Benike, featuring great songs and a fine, unique stage presence. Benike’s slide guitar alone is something to behold, and together, the group is always a crowd pleaser.
Setting the tone for a big night of variety, an instrumental set begins at 7pm with popular flutist Sherry Finzer. Rick Wall describes flutist Finzer as a delightful talent and says he expects at least one surprise guest to join her onstage for a more up-tempo, cut loose side to the flute. “Think Aqua Lung!” he says. Opening the show at 6:15pm, Caitlin Slattery has played several times for the showcase. “Caitlin sings great songs, has a great voice, always entertains and plays from the heart. She’s a popular act, and definitely a fine up & comer.” says Wall. “I always save the 6:15pm slot for the finest new original acts I can find, giving them the opportunity to be heard and enjoyed. There are just so many new artists who are really talented.”
Rick Wall’s Zonal Music Group has been producing concerts in Arizona since 1999. Wall is passionate about music, especially about providing a showcase for original music. “I’m not a musician myself, but I just love original music!” he said, “and I respect the amazing amount of talent out there that’s coming up with great original stuff! They deserve to be heard.” Wall has been producing shows in Arizona since the 1970’s. Prior to Zonal Music Group he had Off the Wall Productions, which brought talent to former venues like The Mason Jar, Chuy's, Friar Tucks, Merlin’s, “and nine or ten incredible venues that were around in those days. They were venues for great music from out of town that blended with great local music.” Wall explained.
Admission to the Zonal Music 7th Annual Christmas Showcase and Benefit show is $10 at the door. All proceeds go to the musicians, and to ZMG supported charities including St Mary’s Food Bank. For more information go to zonalmusicgroup.com
Mescal Mary and Other B Bender Guitar Instrumentals
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A consistent quality rolls right through the third solo album and instro debut from singer-songwrite...A consistent quality rolls right through the third solo album and instro debut from singer-songwriter Mike Breen. On Mescal Mary & Other B Bender Guitar Instrumentals, Breen performs masterfully on the B and G bender guitar, a guitar device invented by one time Byrds guitarists Clarence White and Gene Parsons to resemble the sounds of the pedal steel guitar. Breen mixes his tasty electric work with his added banjo, mandolin and flatpicking guitar sounds. Supported by drummer Mickey McGee, the Phoenix-based guitarist revives a post-modern Nashville / Bakersfield instro sound injected with some melodic and progressive guitar touches and a vintage Les Paul style feel. Breen never wears his influences out and with it’s wide ranging diversity, the 12 track instrumental CD is just the ticket for twangy guitar and country instro enthusiasts. Among his fine original tracks, Breen covers of two certified instro classics—”Apache” and “Sleepwalk”—further defines the focus and variety on Mescal Mary.
Robert Silverstein - 20th Century Guitar
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Dirty Linen #72 Oct/Nov 1997 A varied and enjoyable selection of slightly country-flavored original...Dirty Linen #72 Oct/Nov 1997
A varied and enjoyable selection of slightly country-flavored originals by a writer with a talent for writing catchy, uptempo melodies (try not singing along to "Juanita's In Love".) With a hint of John Denver in his vocals, this extremely capable guitarist makes great use of mandolins, fiddles, banjos, accordion and backing vocals. I wish all singer-songwriter albums were this rewarding.
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It's always a pleasure to hear an independant CD that delivers the goods past the first cut and this...It's always a pleasure to hear an independant CD that delivers the goods past the first cut and this release from Breen is such an example.
Sing Out Magazine - Spring 2001
Mescal Mary & Other B Bender Guitar Instrumentals
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Mescal Mary & Other B Bender Guitar Instrumentals - Mike Breen (Basilbone) If you’re into the soun...Mescal Mary & Other B Bender Guitar Instrumentals - Mike Breen (Basilbone)
If you’re into the sound landscape defined by Telecasters and string bending, Breen’s release should fill the bill. This Phoenix guitarslinger, armed with B-bender and G-bender equipped guitars, demonstrates that he knows his way around a Tele all through this instrumental release, starting with the dramatic “Mescal Mary” that sounds like it would have been at home on the Charlie Daniels Band album High Lonesome. Chicken pickin’ with steel guitar type bends abound on cuts like “Ridin’ the Fence,” the Bakersfield-tinged “Havasu,” and the satisfying “Honky Tonk #22,” all Breen compositions. “Moon Glow Supper Club” has a front porch type atmosphere with mandolin, resonator guitar, and banjo joining the B-bender (all played by Breen), while “Remember Me” has an echo of Eric Johnson’s “Cliffs of Dover” with country underpinnings. Breen can stop everything with the exquisite “Stillness of a Snowy Night,” and with “North of Sonora” and the acoustic closer “Anastasia,” Breen captures the satisfied end-of-day kind of mood. If you love guitar with a country heart, visit www.sonicbids.com/mikebreen
to get yourself a copy of this enjoyable disc.
By Don Thomason, The Amplifier
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"For those of you who are already fans of Mike Breen, no sales pitch is necessary, but if you have n..."For those of you who are already fans of Mike Breen, no sales pitch is necessary, but if you have never had the exquisite pleasure of Mike's live performance, check him out ..."
Maxine Jewett, Publisher - ACOUSTIC SCENE http://www.acousticscene.com/
Solo Singer Songwriter Show (acoustic guitar, slide guitar, harmonica and vocals) or with my band - The Big Dream.
1. Good Girl
2. The Sober Life
3. Cristina Valencia
4. All Night Long
5. Big Big Dream
6. Carnival Queen
7. Just Poor
8. Finest Recipe
9. Behind The Blues
10. I Get High
11. The Brandywine
13. Pennsylvania Farm
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