Category Archives: Press

Nashville Scene’s Critics Pick

It was a pleasant surprise to receive a critic’s pick from The Nashville Scene’s Edd Hurt for my January 26th show at The 5 Spot. It was a co-bill with Afton Wolfe, and his crew rocked the house! One of my bandmates tested positive for Covid the day before the gig so I ended up […]

Jazz Weekly features Burning the Bigtop Down

Recorded 20 years ago, this album features singer and guitarist Mike Younger teamed with classic rockers like The Band’s Levon Helm/g along with Luther Dickenson/g, Sppner Oldham/key, Jim Dickenson/p, David Hood/b, a horn section and rotating guest team on this mix of rootsy originals. Younger himself has a voice similar to early Rod Stewart, bluesy […]

Americana Highways Reviews Mike Younger’s “Burning the Big Top Down”

Mike Younger – Burning the Big Top Down This 9-track LP was “lost” & fortunately reclaimed by Nova Scotia-native Mike Younger 20-years later. I always question what the word “lost” means. If you add up all the “lost” LPs I get the impression record companies are disorganized. Maybe a better word would be “shelved.” That’s […]

Glide Magazine: Mike Younger Completes Album with Levon Helm and Jim Dickinson 20 Years Later with “Burning the Bigtop Down” (ALBUM REVIEW)

Persistence pays off. Singer-songwriter Mike Younger began this project now titled, Burning the Bigtop Down, in January of 2001, over 20 years ago. The original tracks, the same nine Younger originals represented herein, were recorded alongside the departed icons Levon Helm and Jim Dickinson. For reasons which remain inexplicable to us, maybe even to Younger, […]

Nashville Scene: Mike Younger’s New Album Is a Triumph, Two Decades in the Making

“It just put me on this trajectory of having left behind a pound of flesh in Memphis for the last 20 years,” says Nashville singer and songwriter Mike Younger, speaking about his new album Burning the Bigtop Down. He’s not exaggerating: The making of Burning the Bigtop Down is the kind of music-business tale that […]

All About Jazz features “Burning The Bigtop Down” to their Summer 2021 Spotlights

The backstory of an album is oftentimes more interesting that the record itself, but that’s definitely not the case with Burning The Bigtop Down. Mike Younger was in the studio collaborating with the late legends Levon Helm and Jim Dickinson back in 2001 when his label went defunct, but he refused to become so dismayed […]