Singer / songwriter Mike McEnery was born and raised in the unlikely birthplace of Trop Rock – St. Louis, MO, where Chuck Berry first blended Cuban rhythms and Rock and Roll in 1956 on “Havana Moon.”
And just 60 years later Mike used the same combination on his first published song “Castaways,” singing about calypso rhythms and brown eyed girls.
After five years of fronting The Jumbo Shrimp Band and playing Jimmy Buffett covers at pool parties and tiki bars throughout the Midwest, Mike knew it was time to break out of the grass skirt and coconut bra rut and create his own music.
On his debut album “Where the Current Takes Me,” Mike McEnery has put together upbeat island songs that will keep you “rockin’ with the waves all day,” but also provides time for calmer destinations and “peaceful hours of coastal navigation” with tender acoustic ballads “Red Right Returning” and “Out on the Sea.”
There’s also room on this ship for Mike’s sense of humor in “Turn Three,” a rocker about a NASCAR fan’s final resting place, “Frosty Mug,” a love song to a pint of beer, and “White Paper Hat,” a good old-fashioned murder ballad.
Musically the songs cover a lot of ground with instrumentation including harmonica, sax, trumpet, steel drums, steel guitar and accordion – not to mention some red-hot electric guitar on “Scattered, Smothered and Covered.”
Genres touch on Rock, Country, Blues, Zydeco, Reggae, Folk, Americana and Trop Rock.
Guest musicians featured on the album include TRMA Trop Rock Duo of the Year, The Dententions (Austin, TX); jazz sax virtuoso Jim Stevens (St. Louis, MO); founding member of the band Phins, Mark “Catfish” Vesser on harp (St. Louis, MO); and trop rock favorites on steel drums Quincy Yeates (Ramajay Intercoastal, Knoxville, TN) and Barry Olsavsky (Conch Fritters, Caribbean Sound, St. Augustine, FL).