Mike Trask & MudHill

Mike Trask & MudHill

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Mike Trask is an extraordinarily unique, prolific singer/songwriter best described as an old soul with an endless repertoire of original songs. Mike Trask and MudHill’s dynamic blues-rock fusion music has garnered them great media attention with their recently released recording "Boots for Flying".

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Biography

Accustomed to the life of lobster fishing in Musquodoboit Harbour, Mike Trask developed a keen interest in music at the age of 9, listening to Johnny Cash through a battery-operated Sony tape player with a built-in speaker built under his pillow at night. As he went through the archives of Cash’s albums his mother introduced him to the music of Bob Dylan in the summer of 1997 when Mike was just 12 years of age. This introduction to Dylan encouraged Mike to pick up a pen and begin writing poetry of his own.

Mikes next musical adventure was that of The Doors, and through that period he also became familiar with the music of CCR, Neil Young, and Tom Petty. Upon receiving the gift of a guitar from his parents, it was then that Mike moved from writing poetry into the art of songwriting. Although having no real teacher, Mike had little interest in learning existing songs but opted to begin writing songs of his own. Recording through a Fisher Price tape recorder Mike would write tirelessly for hours on end. With neither real rhyme nor reason the tunes would pour out somewhat effortlessly. Soon thereafter Mike was introduced by a friend to the music of an icon who became a major influence in Mike’s life, a “gravel-pit of a performer”, Tom Waits.

A new resident of Musquodoboit Harbour and neighbour of the Trask family, Jim Henman, one of the initial founders and performers of April Wine, took Mike under his wing and helped to teach him songwriting and singing techniques and then helped him to record his first demo “Ten Nights in a Brogham” in his home studio. Henman introduced Mike to Marina Atwell of Velocity Entertainment who subsequently worked with the marketing and branding of Mike Trask and his music by providing him with unique performance and recording opportunities ranging from Rebecca Cohn Auditorium to CTV and a CBC video in support of youth’s tolerance for differences in people resulting in a DVD program which took on the name of the song written by Mike “Some of Us”.

Mike and his band MudHill went on to record his debut album “The Show” at Fortress Studios during which time they had major showcase opportunities ranging from The ECMA’s, the JUNO’s, the CFL, and Stan Rogers Folk Festival to name just a few. Upon the release of “The Show” at the Halifax Harbour Festival in September of ’06, Mike Trask and MudHill went on to win the Q-104 Battle of the Bands in the summer of ’07 and performed on the HRM Canada Day stage as well as headlining Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival main stage.

Mike released his second full length studio recording "Boots for flying". With the explosive response to his first album and his high-energy stage shows, coupled with his classical voice training of late, the gravel-voiced Mike Trask is feeling more confident than ever that his music is making a tremendous impact on his audiences, promising that this album will deliver a show better than that of the album released under the same name. The current singles "Don't Touch The Money" and "Federal Pen" already receiving regular air play in Halifax, Fredericton, and throughout Nova Scotia's South Shore, followed recently by the release of "Under the Dirt".

Mike is getting ready to record his next studio album sheduled for release in November of this year.

Lyrics

Don't Touch The Money

Written By: Mike Trask


Mr. CNN's on the edge of a power line
with his syringe full of rats
Luring in the children with his shiny dime eyes
and when they get there he drives it in there back

but there’s one little fella on the edge of a river
saying please don’t touch that stuff
one little fella on the edge of a river saying
please don’t touch that stuff

Don’t touch the money
cause it gets in your blood
like heroin it gets in your blood
don’t touch the money
cause it gets in your blood
like heroin it gets in your blood

NBC Got his face in the nursery
and got the volume on high
luring in the children with his nickle’s and quarter’s
and when they get there he covers they’re eyes

But there’s one little fella on the edge of a river
saying please don’t touch that stuff
one little fella with his feet in the river saying
please don’t touch that stuff

Don’t touch the money
cause it gets in your blood
like heroin it gets in your blood
don’t touch the money
cause it gets in your blood
like heroin it gets in your blood

H. Michael Trask


Federal Pen

Written By: Mike Trask


She said will you love me when we’re old and ugly
I took a swig of my beer and I said not likely
so she threw me outside and hit me with a chair
pulled on my eyes and poked in my hair

they charged me with many things and one of them was
fighting with my woman in domestic mud
Pleading with the judge I said man oh man

he said 45 years in the Federal Penn

She said will you come to me when you get out
I laughed and said not if I can help
she shot me with a gun she stole from the guard
and beat me up out in the prison yard

they charged me with many things and one of them was
fighting with my woman in the prison mud
pleading with the judge I said man oh man

he said five more years in the federal penn

Well five more years was gone and done
so the fools put me back out on the run
I seen her she told me to get away
and that was the last word she’d ever say

they charged me with many things one of them was
murdering my woman in cold, cold blood
pleading with the judge I said man oh man

he said life
in the federal penn
Life in the federal penn

They said how to plead I said better
they said but you killed your wife I
I said man you never met her
he said come now, she couldn’t have mean
I said hell...should be heaven to me

So they charged me with many things
and one of them was
being blasphemous in front of a judge
I pleaded with the judging I said man oh man

he said eternity in the federal Penn

So a lifetimes gone and I finally died
Like a good boy I’m going down to hell tonight
and just when you think that I’m on the level

you’ll never guess who’s dating the devil
you’ll never guess who dating the devil
You’ll never guess who’s dating the devil

H. Michael Trask

Under The Dirt

Written By: Mike Trask


I’m doing alright under the dirt
down with beatles and worms
All I got is all that I’m worth
I’m living under the dirt

I’m doing alright under rocks and weeds
down with the beatles and seeds
all I got is all that I need
Living under the dirt

So smooth
and Dirty
Some on down under the dirt with me

I’m doing alright under the dirt
down with the beatles and worms
all I got is all I’m worth
I’m living under the dirt

So smooth
and Dirty
Some on down under the dirt with me

H. Michael Trask

Won't Grow Back

Written By: H Michael Trask 2009

Won't Grow Back

He lost alot of blood, when the bandages fell off
and he lost alot of momentum, when the wheels fell off
the we looked at his foundation, and said "what a sin,
he was doing pretty good, till the rust moved in"

and it won't grow back
it won't grow back
no it won't grow back
cause it can't go back

Won't you please stop laughing
this ain't a joke
something serious is happening
I think it might be broke
I can hear things rattlin' from the bottom to the top
and when, something stops rattlin'
you know, it's fallen off

and it won't grow back
it won't grow back
no it won't grow back
cause it can't go back

Now he was doin' fine, till he ran out of steam
we were chokin on his smoke, now we're breathin clean
Don't ask me what he's doing, he's just doing what he does
but he's doing pretty good for being a third 'a' what he was

and it won't grow back
it won't grow back
no it won't grow back
cause it can't go back

Won't you please stop laughing
this ain't a joke
something serious is happening
I think it might be broke
I can hear things rattlin' from the bottom to the top
and when, something stops rattlin'
you know, it's fallen off

and it won't grow back
it won't grow back
no it won't grow back
cause it can't go back

H Michael Trask 2009

High Like You

Written By: H Michael Trask 2009

High Like You

Come on Baby now ya gotta teach me, to get high like you
Come on Baby now ya gotta teach me, to get high like you

A parakeet flies into a window
Thinking that he can go right through
if you were that parakeet flyin
I'd hit my head trying to follow you

Come on Baby now ya gotta teach me, to get high like you
Come on Baby now ya gotta teach me, to get high like you

A gold fish swimmin round in his bowl
thinking that he will get free
if you were that gold fish swimmin
I'd follow you till we got to the sea

Come on Baby now ya gotta teach me, to get high like you
Come on Baby now ya gotta teach me, to get high like you

You got to teach me, So I'll know too
How to get high, like you

Come on Baby now ya gotta teach me, to get high like you
Come on Baby now ya gotta teach me, to get high like you

A snappin Turtle walkin round in his tank
Thinking that the kids comin into play a game
if you were that snappin turtle baby
I'd follow you
Right down the drain

Come on Baby now ya gotta teach me, to get high like you
Come on Baby now ya gotta teach me, to get high like you

You got to teach me, So I'll know too
How to get high, like you

H Michael Trask 2009

Too Damn Bold

Written By: H Michael Trask 2009

Too Damn Bold

Black Birds
Black birds over head surrond me
Like the truth
Like the truth in the morning surrounds me
I got a confused
Confused heart that I've been fightin'
been on the outskirts
lookin in on nights when I was rightous

Daddy open up the door
I wanna come home, its cold cold cold
Should took the right road, told you that I'm sorry
but I was too damn bold

Directions
Directions all around surround me
and this ocean, either gotta set me free or drown me
I ain't got no dream
'cept the dream that I've been havin
where she's been gettin in
gettin the dream that she's been wishin'

Daddy open up the door
I wanna come home, its cold cold cold
Should took the right road, told you that I'm sorry
but I was too damn bold

H Michael Trask 2009

Discography

Mike Trask and MudHill "The Show"
Mike Trask and Mudhill "Boots For Flying" - March 15th
Radio Single - Don't Touch the Money - Feb 08
Radio Single - Federal Pen - Oct 08
Radio Single - Under The Dirt, Apr 09

Set List

Mike Trask's typical set list is, of course, dependant on the show. However, Mike Trask has been known to do all original shows that last upwards of three hours. The band has a repetoire of over thirty-five original songs. Mike also performs solo. Mike Trask and Mudhill seldom perform cover songs but have been known to do versions of The Doors "Who Do You Love", and also Jimi Hendrix's "Fire". An average show for Mike Trask and MudHill would include the following songs:

"Joking" - Mike Trask
"The Therapist Song" - Mike Trask
"Carry a Gun" - Mike Trask
"Brass Trombone" - Mike Trask
"Banjo and Mandolin" - Mike Trask and Jim Henman
"Longitme" - Mike Trask
"Ravens" - Mike Trask
"Carry Me to Marry" - Mike Trask
"JazzMann" - Mike Trask
"Jamie" - Mike Trask
"Laydown" - Mike Trask
"Friends of Mine" - Mike Trask
"Feedin' The Fire" - Mike Trask
"Maria" - Mike Trask
"Cold Woman" - Mike Trask
"Ugly" - Mike Trask
"My Way (Calgary Tune)" - Mike Trask
"Under The Dirt" - Mike