Mixing soaring harmonies with inventive acoustic jams, My Cousin Skinny brings energy, spontaneity and a great repertoire of songs to our live performances. We are seasoned musicians with 20 years of professional experience playing clubs, festivals, corporate events and weddings.
When it comes to your wedding, we can provide intimate acoustic ceremony music, contemporary hits, B-side gems, classic sing-alongs, and dance tunes. We don't take up much space, but can emulate a "full band" sound by incorporating percussion and guitar loops. We'll also do our best to learn several of your special song requests.
We have had them play at informal cocktail parties on two seperate occasions and we will probably have them back again. That says it all.
Excellent musicians, professional, easy to work with.
Universally good review from guest that attended
Response from My Cousin Skinny:
Thank you! We had a blast playing and are so glad you enjoyed it.
Price Range: $300 and up
Gig Length: 120 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
We put our own spin on cover songs from a variety of eras and genres, and aren’t afraid to let the energy of the performance shape where the music goes.
A normal set could have us jumping from Avett Brothers to the Allman Brothers, from Steely Dan to Simon and Garfunkel, from DMB to Daft Punk. In certain situations, we'll also throw some of our original songs -- and we appreciate when the audience is receptive to original material.
While we do play current and former Top-40 cover songs, we also gravitate towards songs that are seldom heard: B-side beauties and hidden gems that are great crowd-pleasers.
We know how to play to and for the crowd, no matter if it's a family-friendly outdoor event, a formal wedding or a late-night bar gig.
Mike Gloss and Jeff Simonton, cousins on their mommas' side, have been playing guitar together since they first picked up the instrument at ages ten and fourteen.
They cut their teeth on the local music scene around Harrisburg, PA, performing with a four piece band called Into The Woods. They were eventually picked up by a management company out of New York City run by music attorneys working for Arista Records. During that time, they won Relix Magazine’s “Jam Off” competition and had their original song “Send Your Blue Skies” pressed onto a compilation CD that distributed over 100,000 copies nationally
After six years performing up and down the east coast with Into The Woods, they eventually parted ways, moved south and started a new musical group based out of Raleigh, NC, known as Zegg.
After several years with the full band, Mike and Jeff have gone back to their roots, performing exclusively as an acoustic duo. They have worked hard to create an energetic and unique musical act that is sure to please music fans of all ages.
Additional Booking Notes
We are totally self-sufficient and have all the necessary sound and lighting equipment to perform. Plus, being that there is just two of us, we don't require that much space to set up.
Past Booked Events
|May 02, 2019 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Corporate Event|
|September 07, 2018 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|April 27, 2018 • 7:00pm - 9:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|November 15, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Wakefield Tavern|
|November 11, 2017 • 10:00am - 2:00pm||Carolina Artisan Craft Market|
|October 25, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Private party|
|October 22, 2017 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Private party|
|March 08, 2017 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm||Launch Party|
|June 03, 2016||Cocktail Party|
|April 30, 2016 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm||Festival|
This is a partial list of an ever-growing number of covers that we play. We also have a number of originals that we think are pretty good too. Of course, what we play depends on the show, the venue, the audience and the atmosphere.
Allman Brothers Band
The Avett Brothers
Bare Naked Ladies
I Choose You
The Barr Brothers
Even the Darkness has Arms
The Beach Boys
God Only Knows
A Day in the Life
Across the Universe
And I Love Her
Here Comes the Sun
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Lover, You Should’ve Come Over
What You Won’t Do for Love
Runnin’ on Faith
Nobody Knows You
Dave Matthews Band
Deathcab for Cutie
Soul Meets Body
Long Train Runnin’
It Ain’t Me
Good Old War
The Grateful Dead
Eyes of the World
Please Forgive Me
Take Me to the River
Foster the People
Pumped Up Kicks
Sit Next to Me
Dancing in the Moonlight
All the Things You Are
If I Ain’t Got You
I Want You Back
Just the Way You Are
You May Be Right
Hey, Hey What Can I Do
Could You Be Loved
Queen of California
Men at Work
Land Down Under
Dynamo of Volition
Mumford and Sons
Little Lion Man
Old Crow Medicine Show
If I Could
Sample in a Jar
The Rolling Stones
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
Simon and Garfunkel
Reelin’ in the Years
All This Time
Shower the People
And She Was
Naive Melody (This Must Be the Place)
Once in a Lifetime
Wild, Wild Life
Tears for Fears
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
In the Kitchen
Into the Mystic
Roses are Free
Just the Two of Us
Yonder Mountain String Band
Two Hits and the Joint Turned Brown
Heart of Gold
Zac Brown Band
|Mike Gloss||Guitar and Vocals|
|Jeff Simonton||Guitar, Vocals and Percussion|
Influences & Inspiration
Too many to mention (but here are a few favorites):
The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Simon & Garfunkel, Talking Heads, Phish, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, The Police, Grateful Dead...the list goes on and on
Nothing, except an electrical outlet.