It’s hard to believe 2013 is more than half over! I’ve had an exciting year so far. Big news for me is – I had a kid! My son Rocco Edward Mayone was born March 14th. My wife Suzanne and I are overjoyed to have him join our little tribe.
In music related news, I’ve been busy producing music for TV shows. I was lucky to hook up with someone in LA who’s already an established composer for such TV shows as Duck Dynasty, Auction Hunters and The Price is Right. He’s been mentoring me in the business of commercial music, and I have learned a ton from him!
My newest album – Beautiful Blood by The Cousins Project (me and my cousin Kristina Stykos) was released at the beginning of the year, and has been garnering amazing reviews from the US and UK. Andy Snipper of Music-News.com (UK) says “A delightful collaboration and well worth some very serious investigation.” while Lonesome Highway says “The playing is excellent and the mix of guitar, mandolin, fiddle and banjo can make for a heady cocktail on some of the song arrangements. Highly recommended.”
In other album news, I’ll be a part of an album to be released near the end of this year by a group called Mando Mania! yes, that’s a right – a band that only plays Mandolins. It features Jimmy Ryan, Aaron Goff and Dave Westner, and It’s gonna be a good one.
On top of all that, the Huffington Post called me a “brilliant musician”. Break out the champagne!
Thank you for supporting independent music! Please go to my Bandcamp page to listen all my albums, and also check out Beautiful Blood at Kristina’s Bandcamp page (She’s also released a fantastic new album this year, Wyoming Territory)