My name is Joel Collinsworth
“Original Mechanical Mouse,”
is my stage name or if you prefer
to call it a band name. I’m a third
generation singer-songwriter who
also writes poetry and fiction.
I played music just for my own enjoyment for
nearly twenty years before ever playing out,
finding a gig, or looking for an audience. Since
entering the music scene I’ve performed about a
couple hundred times ranging from the first open
mics, to charity shows, and paid gigs.
For ten-years before ever writing my first
song, I tried to become a published novelist.
My mother and her father both wrote and sang
songs in the folk tradition. Mom said as a teen
she sang as “Betty Blue Eyes” on the WLS Barn
Dance. (no recordings exist) She said also she
sold a song to Roy Acuff. In the first decade of
this century I finally caught the folk-music bug
becoming inspired by bands like The Shins, Elliot
Smith, Fleet Foxes, Bright Eyes, Nick Drake, My
Morning Jacket, and a lot of acoustic artists in
the modern folk music scene. Hearing honest
lyrics about real life from them opened a door in
me. I was attracted by the no rules aspect of it.
Bands and artists who write from their heart have
my eternal gratitude for opening that door. I
guess it’s in my genes to reject formulaic music,
something inside beckons to create music and
write from my heart. I love today’s folk musicians
a great deal more for that very reason
Original Mechanical Mouse
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