Mike Slussera.k.a. The Busker, Mando Mike
How long have you been in Nashville? Seven-and-a-half years. I moved here from Carlysle, Pa.
Busking for how long? Seven years.
How much money do you make in an average day? It really depends. Anywhere from $35 to $135. The tourists are here for the music and they've traveled a long way to hear it so, at that level, the street players are part of the ambience.
Who's the most famous person to slide you some cash? Most recently, Dierks Bentley laid a 20 on me. Other than that, probably Marty Stuart, but I can't remember how muchthat was a long time ago.
Tell me about your band? We play at Robert's Western World on Broadway, Sundays from 2 till 6. The band consists of Englishman Martin O'Dougherty on banjo and Scott Icenogle playing the upright bass. We've got a slot for a Dobro player if anyone out there's interested.
So you're on a tour of Lower Broad? Yes. I play inside three days a week and outside the rest. All the places you play down here will give you a free meal or half-price; that just sweetens the deal a little.
Favorite song of all time? That's tough. I guess I'll go with "Gentle on My Mind," by John Hartford. That song feels like summertimeno matter how bad people are or which side of the bed I woke up on, five minutes of that song and I'm a happy camper again.
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