Music Politics from Mickey Boles

Mickey BolesDon’t bring up religion or politics in polite company. That’s what they always say.

But Tennessee bluegrass singer/songwriter Mickey Boles is breaking both those rules in his new song, Music Politics. It examines the eternal question of who makes it in the music business and who doesn’t, with an ultimate certainty in faith.

Boles shared a few words about the song, along with this video of the song, recorded with the assistance of Jason Carter on fiddle, Cody Kilby on guitar, Mark Fain on bass, Scott Vestal on banjo, and Randy Kohrs on reso. Mickey sings the lead and play mandolin.

“All my life I have watched how good good pickers and singers have had to remain independant artists, and sit in the dugout (so to speak) in every genre of music, and watch everything land in the hands of artists that either payed their way through, primped and pimped their way through, lied their way through, or all the above to gain a label… gig… award… you name it. So I wrote this song to let them know that God is going to let me walk right through the lying political game of music, and receive national musical success without sacrificing integrity to do so.

That’s my humble view and thought, which I will stand on ’til the bitter end.”


You can find out more about Mickey and his music on Facebook.

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