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Mickey Newbury


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Mickey Newbury (May 19, 1940 - September 29, 2002) was an American for Acuff-Rose Music, a critically acclaimed recording artist, and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Born Milton Sims Newbury, Jr. in Houston, Texas. As a teenager, Mickey Newbury sang tenor in a moderately successful vocal group called The Embers. The group opened for several famous performers, such as Sam Cooke and Johnny Cash. Although Mickey tried to make a living off of his music by singing in clubs, he put his musical career on hold at age 19 when he joined the Air Force. After four years in the military, Mickey again set his sights on making a living as a songwriter. Before long, he moved to Nashville and signed to the prestigious publishing company Acuff-Rose Music.

For a time, he was one of the most influential creative minds in Nashville and it’s arguable that he was the first real “outlaw” of the outlaw country movement of the 1970s. Ralph Emery referred to him as the first “hippie-cowboy” and along with Johnny Cash and Roger Miller, he was one of the first to rebel against the conventions of the Nashville music society. After being disappointed by the production methods used by Felton Jarvis on his debut album, Mickey got himself released from his contract with RCA and signed the first offer he received to comply with his condition that he could either produce his own albums or hire a producer of his choice.


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  • BERSERKERpoetry

    You must seek out the recording "Nights When I Am Sane" from 1994. It is the only pure, unadulterated record of Mickey Newbury ever made. A straight representation of who he was in concert on the most pure and personal level. Just him and Jack Williams, both on guitar. There's no overbearing string orchestra to be heard. With nothing but six strings, a powerful whistle, and his voice, he takes you on a dark, dark journey. You can see the exact same live recording on DVD with "Live at the Hermitage".

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • bonnie_jamie

    Surely one of the greatest songwriters ever to have lived. A name that deserves to be shouted from rooftops forever.

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • kanij87

    One of the very greatest. I'm working no a much-needed collection of his chords/lyrics. Drop me a line if anyone cares to help out:

    29 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Mastermark69

    CunninLynguists-Georgia <3 Great Man.

    25 Jul 2011 Reply
  • konradical

    @whateveralesme: Guess the idiots are already here.

    19 Jul 2011 Reply
  • whateveralesme

    p4k'd. Here come the idiots.

    9 Jun 2011 Reply
  • eretter

    he's brilliant!

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • erikdardan

    buck sergeant newbury!

    9 May 2011 Reply
  • Nol_Solano

    Newbury > Van Zandt. And that says a hell of a lot, really.

    20 Sep 2010 Reply
  • IonianLamplight

    Frisco Depot is devastating.

    27 Mar 2010 Reply
  • danilofloydiano

    bom demais.

    9 Mar 2010 Reply
  • ekiii

    Mickey is probably the most underestimated musician i've ever heard found!

    7 Oct 2009 Reply
  • trm989

    Great song-writer.

    27 Sep 2009 Reply
  • mld03c

    It's funny, his best album, Live at Montezuma Hall, is not listed. My dad has a radio station "not for sale" vinyl of it. He is outstanding in it. Just him, his guitar, and a completely captivated audience. It is hard to actually buy the CD, but you can download it from his website for $10. Trust me, if you like him it's worth it.

    20 Aug 2009 Reply
  • degenererad

    pure genius:

    19 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Xcal14

    thomas10 wrote: He's really brilliant! The only reason I heard about this guy is because the Dutch football-journalist Johan Derksen praised him. Haha, that's how I found out. Just watched that video with "Who's Next"

    23 Feb 2009 Reply
  • bainer

    Bonnie Prince Billy covers I came to hear the music by Mickey Newbury on his new EP. Beautiful song. Stoked to check out more of Mickey's music.

    29 Dec 2007 Reply
  • thomas10

    He's really brilliant! The only reason I heard about this guy is because the Dutch football-journalist Johan Derksen praised him.

    8 Sep 2007 Reply
  • Luteous

    Don't understand why this brilliant guy is so unappreciated. The only reason I heard of him was because Kris Kristofferson praised him at his gig.

    6 May 2007 Reply
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