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Featuring IMN’s 2021 Country Song of the Year: “Daddy’s Blue Jean Jacket”
I began writing this album about twenty-five years ago with one song that I just hadn’t finished until the pandemic put us in lockdown. I wrote “The COVID Floor” about my wife being a nurse assigned to one of the two floors for COVID-19 patients a few weeks into the pandemic. After that, I pulled out that old song, “Hurt Again”, that I loved, but hadn’t finished. One evening, it just came to me. The rest of this album came together over the next few months. I began sharing some demos of the songs online, and was blown away by the reception.
While my wife was on the COVID floor, I was staying in the office / guest bedroom of our house. Out of bordeom, I began looking through old things stored in the closet. I found a little safe I’d had growing up. Amazingly, I remembered the combination. Inside, I found letters my wife and I sent to each other while dating. In the first one I opened, she wrote, “I know you’ll make it in Nashville.” I had completely forgotten about this letter. That seemed like a different life, but here I was drawn to Country Music like I was then.
So, I returned to pursuing a music career that I had put on pause to raise a family all of those years ago. “Better Late Than Never” poured out of me onto paper. I played it for my kids, and they loved it. It seemed the perfect song to express where I am in life and music.
Produced by Dr. Ford
Written by Mike Kuster
- Mike Kuster, Vocals
- Chris Condon, Guitars
- Caleb Mundy, Bass Guitar
- Michael Cleveland, Fiddle and Mandolin
- Gary Carter, Pedal Steel on “The COVID Floor”
- Smith Curry, Pedal Steel
- Dr. Ford, Percussion, Keyboard, and Background Vocals
- Hannah Anders, Background Vocals on “Monocacy Mud”