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Mike Cross

Mike Cross is one of folk music's most energetic performers. From the time he hits the stage to his closing tune, Cross serves up a turbocharged collection of humorous songs, sensitive ballads, Will Rogers-like tales, Delta blues, and Appalachian and Celtic fiddle tunes. During his shows, Cross switches effortlessly between fiddle and acoustic six-string and 12-string guitars.

Cross had little interest in music until his junior year at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Although he grew up in the backwoods of Tennessee, a region known for its storytellers and songwriters, Cross was more concerned with golf, a game he had played from the age of ten. Things changed, however, when a snowstorm forced Cross to stay overnight at a friend's dormitory room. As it turned out, his friend's roommate played guitar, and over the next two days, Cross learned to play chords and his first songs. While he temporarily continued his academic pursuits, attending law school for two years, Cross was drawn more and more to music. He debuted one of his early compositions, "Yo Down Fiddler," on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on CBS.

Cross' first three albums -- Child Prodigy, The Bounty Hunter, and Born in the Country -- made him a fixture on the Southern folk circuit. His fourth album, Rock 'n' Rye, was produced by Steve Burgh, Rolling Stone magazine's producer of the year, in 1980. A live album, Live & Kickin', followed a year later.

Cross has garnered most of his attention for his humorous songs. He poked fun at Southern hillbilly culture with such tunes as "Mountain Mean," "Liquor in the Well," "Rocky Top Bar-B-Que," and "Elma Turl." His song "The Scotsman," which explains what a Scotsman wears under his kilt, was covered by Bryan Bowers and regularly aired on the Doctor Demento radio show. A collection of fourteen of Cross' funniest songs were compiled on Creme de la Cross: Best of the Funny Stuff in 1994.

However, not all of Cross' songs aim at the tickle bone; "Leon McDuff" was performed by the Dirt Band as the theme song of Farm Aid, "Twelve Disciples" has been used in Sunday schools as an aid to learning the names of the Apostles, and "Not for the Love I Can Take" is a romantic masterpiece. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Creme De La Cross

1. Liquor In The Well

2. The Lord'll Provide

3. Dear Boss

4. The Great Strip Poker Massacre

5. Mountain Mean

6. Elma Turl

7. The App. Rap/Grub Springs

8. Uncle Josh

9. The Scotsman

10. Whiskey 'Fore Breakfast/Sailor's Bonnet

11. My Spirit's Willing

12. Directions

13. Granny's Milk Cartons

14. The Farewell Toast

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Track List: High Powered Low Flying

1. Riding With Me

2. Red Tailed Hawk

3. Dead Willie Blues

4. Boll Weevil/Tuttle's Reel

5. Silver Harmonica

6. Do What You Do

7. T-Bird Blues

8. The Time In Between (Patrick's Lullaby)

9. Mc Fadden's Reel/Master Crowley's

10. Best Friend

11. Gamblin Fever

12. Bad Blood

13. An Old Woman's Garden

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Track List: Irregular Guy

1. The Cascade Jig/The Broken Branch Jig

2. Carolina Calling

3. Every Line On My Face

4. Poor Man's Heaven

5. Michael The Mason

6. My Spirit's Willing Poor Lazarus

7. Poor Lazarus

8. Directions

9. Brief Moment In The Sun

10. Yo Down Fiddler

11. Tobacco Song

12. Flying Down The Highway

13. Piney Woods

14. Hard Times (Trouble & Strife)

15. Basket Of Thyme

16. The Farewell Toast

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Track List: Live & Kickin

1. Busted Man

2. Elma Turl

3. Old Paint Peeling

4. The App. Rap/Grub Springs

5. Kentucky Song

6. Down At The Lodge

7. Whiskey 'Fore Breakfast

8. Jelly Roll Baker

9. Bounty Hunter

10. Carrboro Crossing

11. The Scotsman

12. Good Night Medley

13. Rocky Top Bar-B-Que

14. Greensleeves

15. Gospel Medley

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Track List: Prodigal Son

1. Betrayal By Fear

2. Prodigal Son

3. Angel In The Southern Part Of Heaven

4. Runnin' Hoss

5. The Old Grey Owl

6. The Wrong Side Of Midnight

7. Road Trip Blues

8. The Old Man's Bouquet

9. Bill Is In His Grave

10. A Song For Merle

11. Autumn In Her Eyes

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Track List: The Bounty Hunter

1. Old Paint Peeling

2. Scratchy Fiddle Boogie Blues

3. Best Drunk In Town

4. Merry Sisters Reel/Fair Headed Mary

5. Write Me A Love Song

6. The Lord'll Provide

7. Kentucky Song

8. Liquor In The Well

9. The Bounty Hunter

10. Bonnie Prince Charlie/Road To Lisdunvarna/Lark In The Morning

11. Wake Up My Love

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Track List: Carolina Sky

1. Don't Need Another Hit

2. The Green Of His Eyes

3. Carolina Sky

4. Old Shoe

5. A Night On The Town

6. Not For The Love I Can Take

7. Say What You Mean

8. Jenny

9. Dark Angel

10. Learning To Live On Love

11. The Drunkard

12. Katie's Tune

13. Pidgeon On The Gate

Comments

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Thank YOU Pandora. NOW COULD THE DJS PLEASE LIST>>THE BOUNTY HUNTER??? OK...no more shouting. I agree with jhosford65.
I find the repetition of songs here as annoying as regular radio.
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One of the greatest talents out of NC. Saw him at the Canal Street Tavern in Dayton Ohio. Most fun I have had at a show in ages. Elma Turl Please
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never had a problem with pandora until I wanted to listen to Mike Cross
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denny.ad
pandora don't know Cross !
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jhosford65
he has multiple albumns. Not sure why only one song comes up. Disappointed
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Etremely funny as well as an excellent fiddle and 12 string guitar player. Should definately be more from him here!
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You just don't hear enough of him or about him.

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