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Combining elements of blues, swing, gypsy soul and jazz, the trio’s members—Sammy McRae (harmonica), Mike Shiner (upright bass) and Larry Czarnecki (electric and acoustic guitar) with all three sharing vocals—carry on the legacy of the ultimate highway and the many musicians who picked up instruments and crafted songs in its name.
Passing through eight states, and stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles, Route 66—the super-slab of wigwam dreams, neon empires, giant plastic dinosaurs, and American Pie—carries on. The Mother Road Trio (MRT) embodies the quirky and freewheeling spirit of this mighty highway. MRT’s style is as diverse as Route 66 itself, with offerings of rhythm and blues, original ballads, Motown, swing, jazz standards, and good old rock ’n’ roll.
Sure to please crowds from Budapest to Barstow, Mother Road Trio includes:
Mike Shiner – Upright bass bombardier and vocal powerhouse Shiner is classically trained in full soul, breaking hearts and taking names with his seismic vocals and charm. With a degree from Berklee College of Music, he holds down the bottom and brings both swagger and academic polish to this dynamic trio.
Larry Czarnecki – No stranger to the Mother Road, Czarnecki started out in the explosive music scene in Chicago, then careened off to Los Angeles, and eventually landed in Flagstaff, Arizona—taking the Route 66 town by storm. His virtuoso guitar playing drives the trio’s infectious rhythm with precision and panache. He has cultivated a unique blend of bluesy licks and tricks, thrilling crowds with his impressive playing and singing, along with his expressive stage capers.
Sammy McRae – Rockin’, rollin’, and reelin’ a crazy stream of notes on the magic blow harp, Sammy Mac is top dog on harmonica, with a genuinely soulful voice and the ability to get a crowd up on their feet begging for more. A quick-witted showman, McRae has been a Blues Ambassador in the Southwest for over twenty years, pleasing audiences far and wide with his engaging stage presence.