Welcome to The Smugtown Hustle!

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I'm Mike from Violet Mary and I'm so thankful you are listening to our music!  Violet Mary is the latest incarnation of groovy, psychedelic, soulful rock from songwriter and guitarist Mike Muscarella (that’s me, in the third person of course) Javian Rafus of Lovin’ Cup’s The Choice called me “The whitest black man in the joint!”, though I was also called “A soulful, powerful black woman”.  Sharing the mic is one of Western NY's most renown vocalists, Mel Muscarella.  Her voice razes buildings to the ground and parts the Genesee!  The remainder of the lineup is made up of a veteran guitar-slinger and genuine 'cool cat' and straight-up rookie in the lead-off position.  The threads that hold us together are our friendships which are like family, our DIY approach to music-making, and our desire to make authentic music that you can relate to. Along with our music, you’ll likely hear music from our heroes and mentors such as Big Wreck, Led Zeppelin, King’s X, The Black Crowes, Pink Floyd and Hendrix.

All said, we want this new music to connect with you, and for you to connect with us.  So, welcome! Pull up a chair and pour yourself a beverage. Grab some headphones and enjoy.  If you like what you hear, let us know!

Peace and Love,

M.

The Live Hustle