singer-songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana, who grew up in Phoenix,
Arizona, and honed his skills in rock bands until joining The Goose Creek
Symphony, along with Ed Black and Doug Haywood.
encouraged him and Ed to move to Los Angeles, where he was working on a
solo project. They were then
invited to join a newly re-tooled version of The Linda Ronstadt band, and
appeared her 1973 LP, Don’t Cry
Now. Other notables for who
he worked around this time included Jackson Browne and J.D. Souther.
In 1975, he
was a member of two groups, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Juice Newton’s
backing band, Silver Spur. He
toured with the latter until 1976 and co-wrote “Blue”, which
made the cut on their sophomore effort, After
the Dust Settles. (Juice
later included “I’ll Never Love Again” on her solo debut,
Well Kept Secret.)
In 1977, he
co-formed Sierra with Bob Cochran, Gib Guilbeau, Joel Scott Hill, Sneaky Pete Kleinow and Thad Maxwell. This resulted in one self-titled
album. He and Richard Bowden
then co-founded Blue Steel, and they were together from 1978 to 1982. All the while, Mickey enjoyed
membership in FBB and appeared on the albums: Flying
Again, Hearts on the Line, and
Live from Tokyo.
The CD era
affords us opportunities to hear his drum stylings
on live albums and re-packagings such as Close Encounters to the West Coast, Hollywood Nights 1979-82, and The Very Best of Jackson Browne. Recent years have found him drumming
and singing vocals with Mike Breen and the Back at the Ranch Band.
The Burrito Brothers recordings
She’s a Friend of a Friend (John Beland/Gib