Don Middlebrook – Featured Artist of the Month

Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 8:27 pm
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Starting in 1991, Don Middlebrook and Living Soul began a musical quest up and down the west coast of Michigan with little idea of where it might lead. Always directed by a new song, a new adventure, and an occasional cold beer, what began as fun and frolic has turned into thirteen years of travel and musical bliss. Looking back over those last thirteen years, eight CDs have been recorded and over 150 dates played each year. Airplay has becomecommonplace, like that found at WCSX FM in Detroit, and internet web play has had international activity. Don and the band have performed on national radio with Mitch Albom and G. Gordon Liddy, and the last three years, they have toured and recorded with Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Jimmy Buffett’s harmonica player for twenty-six years. In 2004, Don had two compositions in a Showtime original movie.

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Have you heard the legend of how Don stole Jimmy Buffett’s TV Guide?

While performing at Sloppy Joe’s in Key West, Florida, Saugatuck’s local musician, Don Middlebrook and a friend thought that they would take a moped ride around the island. What started out as an innocent joy ride soon became a hunt to find Jimmy Buffett’s house. Based on local information they had gathered, they thought they were close, but were not convinced. That’s when Don peeked into the mailbox and spotted Jimmy Buffett’s TV Guide. Contradictory stories exist as to what happened next. Don wrote a song to apologize, claiming he found the TV Guide on the ground. Witnesses say that he stole it out of the mailbox.

Years later Don recorded and toured with the most famous Coral Reefer of all, Greg “Fingers” Taylor. Greg claimed that Jimmy was aware of the theft and wanted his TV Guide back. Don’s song of apology claimed that he did not have it. Friends say it is in his house. No charges against Don were ever filed and the existence and/or the whereabouts of the TV Guide that inspired this song have never been validated. Jimmy Buffett has since moved from that home in Key West and now has a P.O. Box. As the song goes, you can always steal from a pirate. Don website is www.DonMiddlebrook.net

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