Down South Jukin' Interview
Part 1 (Music questions)
It has been my great pleasure to correspond with Michael over the past week. Like the the rest of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael is very giving and a down to earth gentleman. He happily agreed to do this interview with me, I sincerely hope you find it as fun to read as it was to do..... Bruce Wall 2004
First, Michael, I canít thank you enough for taking the time out of your very busy touring schedule to do this interview. It really means a great deal to me and the other members that you took the time to come by the website and say hi. I hope you donít mind, I asked a few members to submit some questions. So what I will do is put their questions first, then ask mine.
Iím sure this isn't a question you've "never heard before" but if you had to make a choice, would you take art over music, or vise-versa? You have an awesome talent for both though, so this may not be a fair question.. As far as your painting... I love the ďPurpleĒ painting . Gotta have it (And I will he he)....Thanx Michael.. Peace ...BTW..Seen "Damn Yankees" twice. High on the "best of" (concert) catagory lol..
I would like to submit a question for that upcoming interview with
1) My favorite Artistís are: Rene Magritte, Georges Seurat, Norman Rockwell and MC Escher. Iíve never been to Italy and Iím engaged to a wonderful woman named Nancy.
2) I am definitely not a lead singer...barely a backing vocalist!
3) No, as long as you have good communication, trust and faith in each other
4) Itís a tie: any Charlie Chaplin film and The Godfather
5) New York City to live and Stockholm, Sweden to visit
Speaking of Italy...
Thanks Michael, here are my questions:
You have played a wide variety of styles of music over the years. Of all the styles which would be your
favorite style to play?
British Progressive Rock (ie. King Crimson, UK, Yes). Years ago I worked with the founding
member, keyboardist of UK, Eddie Jobson. Lots of odd time signatures. I loved it.
How did your coming to Skynyrd happen?
Skynyrd was recording Edge of Forever in Nashville back in 1998. Ron Nevison was producing (he had
produced both Damn Yankees records). I lived in Nashville then, stopped by
the studio to say Hi and found myself playing percussion on the record. Then they asked me to
go on the road. That was 6 years ago....time flies!
How was it playing with Damn Yankees? I mean seems like playing with Ted, Tommy, and Jack would be
very difficult. Creative differences and all. So many different styles.
Playing with Tommy, Jack and Ted was an absolute pleasure. That band really did check egos at the
door. I have nothing but great memories of Damn Yankees.
How has it been coming into the greatest Southern Rock band of all time?
I consider it a blessing to have landed the Skynyrd gig. I was a fan years ago and to actually play with
them really means a lot to me.
How is it being the only Yankee in the band? J
I couldnít be happier being the only Yankee. A Damn one to boot.
Great answer, you got me, lol Like I always say "Yankee by birth, Rebel by Skynyrd" or in your case "Damn Yankee by birth, Rebel by Skynyrd"
Is the band working on material for another studio album? If so any clues on what we can expect and when
we can expect it?
This year, weíre focusing on touring to support the Lyve CD. There are no immediate plans for new
I have been fortunate enough to see you twice this tour, once in a coliseum and once in the round (both in
Phoenix). What is your favorite type of show to play?
I can tell you one thing- those ďIn The RoundĒ theaters with the revolving stages make me dizzy. I
literally have to wear motion sickness wristbands! Aside from that, I like
playing the Outdoor Amphitheaters the most.
What is a typical day on the road for you?
An average day starts with strong coffee and a banana, the Internet and a handful of vitamins. Then I
work out in my room and go for a jog. The past 3 years, I wouldíve then spent the afternoon working
on one of the Road Series Paintings, until Showtime. Iím not painting on this tour as Iím focusing on
the business aspects of MC Artworks.
Artworks (workin' for MCA)lol
What are the bands feelings on the lack of recognition from the Rock and Roll Hall of fame?
We donít talk about it much, but I know there is frustration over it. If you ask me, itís only a matter of
time before the band gets inducted. Skynyrd is too important in Rock History to be overlooked.
can say that again.
What can you tell us about the future of Skynyrd?
This band loves to work. Weíll continue to do what we do for a long time to come.
Again, Michael, I can not thank you enough for your hospitality. Good luck and best wishes on the rest of the tour.
Bruce- I enjoyed that!
Over the years Rock music has experienced a lot of new sounds and interpretations. One thing I can say about Michael Cartellone, you would be hard pressed to not find something in any of the many styles he has not done. He is a very versatile and talented drummer. And now he has demonstrated his talent is not limited to his percussion skills. His paintings demonstrate the same thoughtfulness and passion his playing does. We at www.downsouthjukin.com want to wish him all the best in this endeavor and to sincerely thank him for taking the time to give us a little insight into what is like to be the Artist known as Michael Cartellone.
Michaels paintings can be viewed and purchased on his web site: