Mixing soaring harmonies with inventive acoustic jams, My Cousin Skinny brings energy, spontaneity, and a great repertoire of songs to their live performances.
The acoustic duo blends jazz, folk, pop and rock, putting their own spin on well-known covers, B-side gems, and many songs you rarely hear from two guys with acoustic guitars.
From the Avett Brothers to Led Zeppelin, Talking Heads to Little Feat, The Police to Daft Punk, Bob Marley and the Wailers to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – the group hops through decades and genres without missing a beat. They also have quite a number of original tunes that they often weave into their live performances.
While many songs feature the bare essentials of acoustic guitars and vocals, My Cousin Skinny also incorporates percussion, tasteful effects, bass, and looping to create a full band sound.
Cousins on their mommas’ sides, Mike and Jeff have been playing guitar and writing music together since cassette tapes were a thing. In their late teens and early twenties they began honing their chops in full-piece bands, first in Pennsylvania and then in North Carolina, traveling up and down the east coast and generally having a blast.
But their hearts have always been rooted in acoustic music, and that’s where they feel most at home.