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3×3: Mike Wheeler on Heavy Thinking, Hopeful Dreaming, and Rural Living

Mar 16, 2017

Artist: Mike Wheeler
Hometown: Vermonter living in Owensboro, KY
Latest Album: Sunbeams All Twisted
Personal Nicknames: Wheeler


Beauty day for a drive to #nc

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If Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and Mohammed were in a band together, who would play what?

Jesus on the Flying V, Krishna on the Yamaha Wind Midi, Mohammed on drums (plus heavy-duty earplugs), and Buddha on a Jazzmaster bass.

If you were a candle, what scent would you be?

Miller High Life in New England Basement

What literary character or story do you most relate to?

Marco Polo in Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. I’m often guilty of describing similarities between places and, once in a while, they just blur together. Honorary mention to Ignatius J. Reilly (A Confederacy of Dunces) as the character I most often talk about, but hope in almost every way to not relate to … though I’d gladly live in New Orleans.


Happy Valentine’s Day #hugsforall #songfamily #darksongs2016 #troop333 #barrettshiddenagenda #gentletouch

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What’s your favorite word?

From a hopes and dreams standpoint — impeachability. But more casually, and not too distantly related — jabroni.

What’s your best physical attribute?

My E.T.-shaped second toes. They let me phone home when the road gets rough.

Which is your favorite Revival — Creedence Clearwater, Dustbowl, Elephant, Jamestown, New Grass, Tent, or -ists?

My teenage self says CCR, but after selling my soul to bluegrass and moving to Kentucky, Sam Bush and the boys. If I say otherwise, they might send me down the river.


#hotel #campfire #fai2017

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Are you more a thinking or feeling type?

Feeling, with bouts of heavy thinking.

Urban or rural?

I can’t do one for too long without some relief from the other, but rural takes the cake.

Apple or orange?


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