“Bad Tattoo” by Mighty Mike Schermer packs a mighty fine punch of blues guitar wizardry.
When you’re looking for great music, and in this case, great blues, sometimes you need to look no further than just around the corner.
Mighty Mike Schermer has been shredding Lake Tahoe ski slopes all his life and has a family home in Truckee. His primary residence is Austin, Texas, where he plays with the Marcia Ball Band. He’s the former guitarist for Elvin Bishop. When he’s in Tahoe, he plays at the Alibi Ale Works, Carson Valley Inn and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, where he will perform Tuesday, April 9, fronting the Buddy Emmer Blues Band. He’s also a member of the West Coast supergroup The Guitarsonists with Daniel Castro and Chris Cain. Schermer can hang with the best of ‘em.
Schermer has been learning and playing music since age 10, but his life was transformed blues-wise when he saw Albert Collins in 1984, to which he has been working the Telecaster himself, based on that influence. It shows.
“Bad Tattoo” (Finedog/VizzTone records) starts off strong with “She Won’t Be Coming Back” – an up-tempo boogie that showcases Schermer’s crisp guitar style, along with some well-placed saxophone. Other standout songs include title track “Bad Tattoo” – a nice jump blues with entertaining lyrics and the R&B tinged – “Ain’t That The Way Love Goes.” Favorite guitar work not surprisingly goes to the twin guitar battle with guest Chris Cain on “Suffocating Love.”
If you dig “Bad Tattoo” – Schermer has a few other albums to check out – 2015’s “Blues In Good Hands,” 2013’s “Be Somebody,” 2007’s “Right Hand Man Volume 1,” 2005’s “Next Set” and 1999’s “First Set.”
It’s always good to support local music, especially when the local music is a barn burning blues guitarist. Pick up a copy of “Bad Tattoo” by Mighty Mike Schermer, and let his Telecaster melt your blues away.
— Jon Siembieda
- Mighty Mike Schermer
Released: March 22, 2019
Label: Finedog/ Vizztone