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26 Apr 2013

The Lucky 13: Mike Behrman of the Ghostlight Trio

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On the Ghostlight Trio Facebook page, the band is described as “Honky Tonk Roadhouse Dieselbilly.” If you’re curious about what, exactly, that means, head to Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails, 32025 Monterey Ave., Thousand Palms, at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 27, when you can catch the band in action. Trio member Mike Behrman also told us that the band just released an album of original songs that will be available on Amazon, Pandora and Spotify, as well as on CD. Want to know more? Visit www.ghostlighttrio.com, or track’ em down on Facebook. Behrman, 54, is a writer who lives in Joshua Tree, and he’s been in the area for 16 years. He was kind enough to take the time between his writing and his music to answer The Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

Bob Seger.

What was the first album you owned?

Meet the Beatles!

What bands are you listening to right now?

Buck Owens, Jimmie Vaughan, and Imelda May.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Death metal.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

The Beatles

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Old blues and honky tonk.

What’s your favorite music venue?

The Joshua Tree Saloon.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“Now, now, my darlin’, can I have a little a talk with you?” from “Love Me Darlin’,” Howlin Wolf (and originally “May I Have a Talk With You,” B.B. King).

What band or artist changed your life? How?

The Fabulous Thunderbirds. I saw them live in a small club on my 21st birthday, stood in front of Jimmie Vaughan, and thought playing roots music was the coolest thing you could do!

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

John Lennon: “Got any songs you don’t want?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Rumble,” Link Wray.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Help!, The Beatles.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“The Girl Can't Help It,” Little Richard (while looking at a pic of Jane Mansfield). (Scroll down to hear it!)

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