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People who aren’t familiar with these artists will typically gravitate to the common, “Hey you remind me Dylan sentiment”.  ”That’s not a bad thing”,  Mix says. “I try to write quality songs that are honest and close to true, but you can’t let the truth ruin a good story.”

Jeff wrote his first tune at the age of 9.  Jeff says, ” So I recorded it on a cassette tape and gave it to a classmate. The next day he came to school and I said whatcha think of the song?  The kid replied, ‘ I couldn’t understand all of the words.’ “I thought perfect, like a real song on the radio. I still remember all the words and my wife could even sing it to you. That’s a sign of a true hit.”

Mix grew up playing drums, just like his Dad. ” My Dad was a big influence on music for me. He gave my brother and I a stack of Beatles albums. We’d spend hours listening to those songs over and over. The first album I bought on my own was Kiss Destroyer. I went through the 80′s as a double bass heavy metal drummer and  told my Dad Springsteen wasn’t cool because he smiles when he sings. My Dad replied, He’s smiling all the way to the bank.”

Like most teenagers, Mix came back around and picked up the guitar in his 20′s. ” I have never been a great guitar player. I can  just do the basic chords and not a whole lot more, but there are really just 7 chords and ones in between right? I write songs and that’s all I need. It took a very long time to  get the courage to  play out, let alone sing in front of anyone. It has just been the last couple of years that I’ve even come to terms with my voice. That’s why when I get the,” you sound like Dylan” thing I’m wondering,  do you mean that in a good way?”

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