Daily Discovery: Mike Uva, “Lady Tell Me Straight”

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ARTIST: Mike Uva

SONG: “Lady, Tell Me Straight

HOMETOWN: Syracuse, NY

CURRENT LOCATION: Cleveland, OH

AMBITIONS: Make great records. Be a good dad. Travel a bit.

TURN-OFFS: People being dicks.

TURN-ONS: A nice laugh. Mimosas . . . this is awkward.

DREAM GIG: Writing movie music.

FAVORITE LYRIC: “They say love conquers all. You can’t start it like a car. You can’t stop it with a gun.” –W. Zevon

CRAZIEST PERSON I KNOW: My friend Joey can tell some stories. He lights off the big fireworks shows around Fourth of July and goes on motorcycle adventures with his guitar.

SONG I WISH I WROTE: “Soft Picasso” by Vic Chesnutt

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: All together at once? I don’t mean to be difficult. I’m listening to Beck right now so . . . let’s say Beck, Lily Tomlin, Josh Tillman, my wife, and Martin Mull. I’ll make mimosas.

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Too many to choose from, Cleveland’s amazing for live music. I saw the group DUNGEN a few years ago and it was awesome. Here in town there’s a band called LITTLE BIGHORN and they are mind-blowing-ly good.

I WROTE THIS SONG: I had the melody and chords and it felt like a Charlie Rich vibe, or some AM-radio staple from when I was a kid. So that’s what I had in mind, lyric-wise. I like the phrase “lonesome pony time.” That’s Al Moss on the pedal steel, by the way.

 

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