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"Sourdough" Mike McDonald appeared in The Whale
Fat Follies and other shows at The Fly By Night Club for over
15 years! He was an Anchorage Superstar.
Sourdough was a 300 pound hockey playing drummer
who also sang opera, taught music in the schools, coached
kid's hockey teams, and volunteered for a million worthy causes.
His passing in January of 2002 was a major loss
for Anchorage, and the celebrations of his life were citywide
focal points for thousands of his friends and fans.
"Sourdough" Mike produced 3 CDs of
his own, and one CD was produced by nearly 70 of his musician
friends. It's a great collection of music, and we'd love to
send it to you.
Anchorage singer-drummer - performer - teacher - writer "Sourdough"
Mike "Pinky" McDonald became seriously ill in the
late Spring of 2001, we had an idea:
Let's gather every musician we can fit in the
recording studio, and produce a CD that is a TOTAL benefit
for his two youngest children. We'll try to get EVERYTHING
donated, and place ALL revenues from the CD
into an Educational Trust Fund that will mature and grow until
Sammy and Eddie McDonald have finished high school and are
ready to embark on whatever educational or vocational path
they choose. Livin' In Rhythm is that CD.
Recording was done on the weekend of July 1,
2, and 3. It was the musical goal of this session to bring
as many diverse musicians together in as many out-of-the-ordinary
combinations as possible. Blues & rockabilly guitarist
Joey Fender plays a solo on jazz lady Melissa Bledsoe Fischer's
composition In A Small Town, and also solos with Ska band
Nervis Rex. Blues organist Chris Alexander appears with Nervis
Rex, and almost everybody else. Accordionist Marge Ford of
The Alaska Polka Chips plays with Melissa Bledsoe Fischer
and with The Backstreet Blues Band. The combinations were
endless, and they were Great!
The sessions were fun. The sessions were moving.
It was three days of
different people working together in ways they had never attempted
before, and it has resulted in the coolest and biggest compilation
of Anchorage musicians that we have ever seen. There's Nervis
Rex, Miss Alice Welling, Melissa Bledsoe Fischer, The Soulman
Sam Band, Mr. Whitekeys, The Backstreet Blues Band, Killer
Rabbit, Kenny Blackwell, Big Mitch, Blue Earth, Stu Schulman,
Jeanene Walker, Will Triplett, and Mike himself. There are
blues songs, country tunes, big swing grooves, and ska mania
on the same CD! It was all done as close to LIVE as possible
with a minimum of overdubbing and virtually no electronic
instruments. It's real guys playing real instruments at the
same time. When was the last time you saw that on a CD?
$19.95 plus S.&.H.
"Sourdough Mike's Favorite Songs"
is the CD that includes all of the hits Sourdough performed
in The Whale Fat Follies and other shows at The Fly
By Night Club.
This definitive collection includes his
World Famous versions of "The Alaska Flag Song,"
"Sixteen Tons," "The Christmas Song "
(Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), "Here Comes
The Sun," "Goodbye Summer," "North
To Alaska", "What A Wonderful World,"
This is Sourdough Mike at his Best!!
$17.95 plus S.&.H.
"A Big Alaskan Hug" is Sourdough Mike's first
Childrens' CD. Many of the songs on this collection
originated in his childrens' songwriting workshops in
In the workshops, Sourdough started with ideas from
the kids, and showed them how to put the ideas together
into a finished song.
"Big Alaskan Hug" includes "Warm Sun,"
"Big Ol' Hug," "I'm Goin' Fishin",
"I'm a Cat," "Living in Alaska",
"Moose," and 13 more.
$17.95 plus S.&.H.
"I Like Being A Kid" is the last CD that
Sourdough Mike recorded. It's his second CD of childrens'
songs and was released in December, 2001, shortly before
he passed away.
He worked on this CD with Stu Schulman (who produced
his other recordings) throughout his illness. "I
Like Being A Kid" was his last major project.
Songs include "Ocean Life," "Fishin'
Mission," "I Lost A Tooth," "Messy
Room Blues", "I Like Being A Kid," "Peace,"
and 4 more.
$17.95 plus S.&.H.