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Acoustic Coffeehouse welcomes Maimone to the stage

Contributed • Dec 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

“Singer/songwriter Mike Maimone sounds like the long lost son of Tom Waits,” according to Greg Shapiro of Chicago Pride Magazine. “More innovative than imitative, the songs on ‘Object Permanence’ leave a permanent mark, an aural tattoo, if you will, on the listener.”

Maimone brings his passionate piano, vocal and kick drum act back to Johnson City tonight for a free show at Acoustic Coffeehouse at 10 p.m.

Leading the ragtime-rock trio Mutts, the former auditor is one of Chicago’s most prolific front men and session musicians. Since 2008 Maimone has written and released four albums and four EPs on his own label, and contributed to over two dozen releases from other Midwest artists. The most recent LP from Mutts, “Fuel Yer Delusion vol 4,” is their fourth consecutive independent release to chart on the CMJ Top 200 for radio airplay among other distinctions.

In 2014, Mutts have written and recorded a new album (released Dec. 9) while playing more than 130 shows. Their song “God, Country, Grave” is also prominently featured in the second season of “Banshee” on Cinemax.

In 2008 Maimone released his first solo LP titled “Open Mic Nights, Empty Bottle Mornings.” The album received many favorable reviews and the track “Prizefighter” won honorable mention in the Billboard Songwriting competition. His songwriting draws from his enigmatic experiences, which juxtapose art and athletics, homosexuality and Catholicism, and the jump from corporate America to making music for a living.

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