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1492 reunites for the ninth annual Mike Mahaffey Tribute Show

November 29th, 2013 3:51 pm by Contributed to the Press

1492 reunites for the ninth annual Mike Mahaffey Tribute Show


Before Matt Mahaffey, Brian Carter and Michael Jeffers moved away from Colonial Heights, one of their projects was a rock ‘n’ roll band called 1492. These days, all three are based in the Nashville area.


The band will reunite on Saturday to pay tribute to Mahaffey’s brother, Mike.


Mike Mahaffey co-founded sElf with Matt Mahaffey in the early 1990s and released several records. He was a member of hard rock band Blackfish, which released one major label record in 1992. He died in 2005, leaving behind three children. Each year since then, a group of his friends — remembering well Mike’s  literal and spiritual generosity — gather to make music and raise money for his children’s college education. This year, the event is scheduled for The Casbah, a room that Mike played with sElf, Blackfish and other bands.


Matt Mahaffey, whose alt-rock band, sElf, featured Mike on guitar, has built a studio in Franklin since moving back to Tennessee from Los Angeles. 


Jeffers, a bassist, has for years toured with country music star Joe Nichols, whose latest album, “Crickets,” peaked at  No. 3 on the Billboard country albums chart. Nichols’ single,  “Sunny and 75,” was No. 6 on the Billboard singles chart last week, its highest position in 23 weeks. Jeffers, who first hit the Nashville scene with his brother, Chad, in the band Pinmonkey, and has also played with  Ashley Monroe, Chris Knight and Radney Foster.   


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