Mike Harney has been an avid follower and booster of Progressive Bluegrass and its rich cousin, New Acoustic Music, for over a decade. He listens to music at least four or five hours a day at both his home and office in Massachusetts and attends concerts as frequently as he can. His musical heroes? Banjo -- Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka; dobro -- Jerry Douglas; mandolin -- Sam Bush, John Reischman; guitar -- Tony Rice, Leo Kottke; voice -- Nanci Griffith, Tim O'Brian.
By vocation, he is a public safety software designer and programmer for Pamet Systems, Inc., and by avocation a World War II flight jacket pinup artist and U.S. 8th Air Force historian. Several of his paintings can be seen in Hell-Bent for Leather (Nelson & Parsons), a history of flight jackets, and he provides research assistance to other aviation history authors. He also serves occasionally as an independent consultant and expert witness for the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Defence Criminal Investigative Service.
Mike's other interests include films and cartoons of the thirties and forties, WWII-theme airshows, flights in B-17 bombers (seven to date), photography, journalism, The Larry Sanders Show, and Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Desert Island Picks
Dakota Dave Hull Hull's Victory
Preston Reed Pointing Up/Playing by Ear
Mike Marshall The Duo
Jerry Douglass Slide Rule
Tony Trischka Dust on the Needle
Norman Blake [RoviLink="MW"]Original Underground Music from the
Mysterious South (on Natasha's Waltz)[/RoviLink]