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MP3: Mike June, My Musical Valentine

Mike June has that Aiden from Sex in the City look and a Bruce Springsteen unplugged sound. The musician was raised in the Garden State but found his home in the capital city of the Lonestar land. June's rich folk rock displays a distinctively Jersey-meets-Texas sound. June is releasing a new album tomorrow, February 14, with his band the Wilson Street Refugees. With all of this goodness going on, Mike June is County Grind's musical valentine.

Exile on Wilson Street, a nod to the Rolling Stones, is the funny name of the new release. The songs have a roots sound and a politically left message, much like those of the Boss. 

In the early aughts, June performed with backing band the Dirty Doves and released the album Crooked to some acclaim. His next effort, Lovesick, with guitarist Jay Forsythe, gained the group four Asbury Music Award nominations for the title track. It also landed the band on many a "best of" list. 

Once in Austin, with the Wilson Street Refugees, June recorded with some prestigious guests like three-time Austin Music Hall of Fame inductee Jon Dee Graham. They turned out the album in two days this past April, to be released on New Austin Music. The album hits the net tomorrow on and Be sure to check it out and make Mike, our Valentine, happy. 

Below is a free MP3 download from Exile on Wilson Street. 

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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