He’s been making great beach music for more than 20 years, but many people – even Beach Maniacs – are not familiar with Michigan singer-songwriter Don Middlebrook. If you are one of the unfortunate who haven’t heard Don’s unique brand of parrothead-style music, we would like to introduce you to him. Here is the abbreviated backstory from Don’s Facebook page:
“Starting in 1991, Don Middlebrook and Living Soul began a musical quest up and down the west coast of Michigan with little idea of where it might lead. Always directed by a new song, a new adventure, and an occasional cold beer, what began as fun and frolic has turned into thirteen years of travel and musical bliss. Looking back over those last thirteen years, eight CDs have been recorded and over 150 dates played each year. Airplay has become commonplace, like that found at WCSX FM in Detroit, and internet web play has had international activity. Don and the band have performed on national radio with Mitch Albom and G. Gordon Liddy, and the last three years, they have toured and recorded with Greg ‘Fingers’ Taylor, Jimmy Buffett’s harmonica player for twenty-six years. In 2004, Don had two compositions in a Showtime original movie.”
Below is a video of Don playing the catchy tune Luckyville on WKAR, Michigan State University’s public television station:
Don plays a lot in Michigan and Key West, but he could find him just about anywhere. He has opened for Reba Macintyre, the Doobie Brothers, Hall and Oats, Jefferson Starship, Meatloaf and Lynyrd Skynyrd.