Regardless of our roads one inevitable fact is that we are shaped by our journey. This shaping is vividly evident in Mike Sanford’s latest offering, produced by the great Joe Hardy (ZZ Top, Steve Earle…), entitled Forgotten Country- Volume I. The album reads like a biography with story songs and imagery of Mike’s musical and personal journey on full display. He opens the album with the raucous and enlightening tune The Maker’s Hand, in which his son Marshal Tucker Sanford debuts his very own guitar prowess.
It’s all about his personal journey of adversity, perseverance, faith, and the ultimate theme of leaving a legacy, wrapped in a visually metaphoric storybook package. The second tune on the album is titled Me & You, which turns the focus to Mike’s 22-year relationship with his wife. It highlights a clever play on words “when it was me and you, and you and me. Young and dumb and wild and free.