Album Review: Mike Vernon & the Mighty Combo’s ‘Beyond The Blue Horizon’

By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa

Album Review: Mike Vernon & the Mighty Combo’s Beyond the Blue Horizon-Manhaton Records-Release date September 7, 2018

Mike Vernon

Sometimes you want to get away from it all and go back to a simple, happier time. Listening to Mike Vernon & the Mighty Combo’s debut album Beyond the Blue Horizon captures the essence of the simple time of the 50s and the joy of swing.

There are plenty of cool sax solos, honky tonk piano, and lead guitar in 50’s style swing songs like “Heart & Soul” and “I Can Fix It”.  If you like crooning and a great melody, listen to “I Don’t Know Why I Love You”.    The album has plenty of songs to satisfy blues fans with “Old Man Dreams” and “Love Affair With the Blues”, with really cool percussive beats, Daddy-O! Maybe you can picture yourself in a dark, smoky bar while listening to “Kiddio”?

Mike Vernon

One of my favorite songs is “Be On the Train” with its twangy rockabilly feel, call and response chorus “be on that train”, and clapping.  A really clever swing song is “Your Mind Is On Vacation” and kick on your dancing shoes for “We’re Gonna’ Rock the Joint”.

Overall, it’s the perfect uplifting album to listen to if you want to take your blues away and escape the Millennial drudge.

Track List

We’re Gonna Rock the Joint


Heart & Soul

I can Fix It

(I Don’t Know Why I Love You) But I Do

Be On ThatTrain

Your Mind Is On Vacation

Old Man Dreams

Jump Up

Red Letter Day

A Love Affair With the Blues

Hate To Leave (Hate To Say Goodbye)


You can catch the band on tour soon!



Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, UK                                    Sunday 22 July

Old Bakery Studio, Truro, UK                                                      Friday 17 August

Blues at Broom Hill Festival, UK                                               Saturday 18 August

The Hope Tavern, Market Rasen, UK                                      Sunday 19 August

Wrotham Arms, Broadstairs, UK                                               Tuesday 21 August

Haven Club at The Bulligdon, Oxford, UK                             Thursday 23 August

Bluefunk, Poynton, UK                                                                 Friday 24 August

Darvel Music Festival, UK                                                            Saturday 25 August

Great British RnB Festival, Colne, UK                                     Sunday 26 August

Venue 77, Ipswich, UK                                                                  Friday 7 September

Market Lavington Music & Comedy Club, Devizes, UK   Saturday 8 September

Borderline, London, UK Double Headline with Sari Schorr   Friday 14 September

Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, UK                                       Saturday 15 September

Keighley Blues Live, Keighley, UK                                            Friday 28 September

Carlisle Blues Rock Festival, UK                                                Saturday 29 September

Discovery Centre, Winchester, UK                                          Wednesday 3 October

Festival Blues des deux rivières, France                               Saturday 5 October 

Blues de Cerdanyola Festival, Barcelona, Spain                 Saturday 6 October



Chyrisse Tabone, Ph.D.
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