Thanks for checking out the 214th episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! Mickey Lamantia is proof that good country music can come from anywhere! The Rhode Island based prison guard has toured with Willie Nelson, has won awards but his main focus has always been to impact people’s lives with his music! With his smart usage of social media he has forged a huge space for himself in today’s music world! Mickey has a brand new album “Every Bad Habit” releasing in a few days and we are thrilled to be talking to Mickey for the first time on ETX ROCKS!! This episode includes live, acoustic performances of the songs "How Do You Say Goodbye" & "Outlaw Life"

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Over all, Lamantia has let country music know who he is with “Outlaw Life,” and that he is here to stay.  He has also been savvy in his mission of self promotion, recently securing himself a big opening spot in Music City this week. “I guess I’ll be making my Nashville debut,” he says. “I’m opening for Mickey Gilley. How cool is that?”

Mickey Lamantia has an interesting take on how he approaches his music. As a correctional officer for the state of Rhode Island for nearly 20 years, he often uses the loneliness of the enclosed walls, and the slow passage of time for inspiration. “The prison has given me a lot of perspective that I apply to songwriting. You have to be rough around the edges to work here. I’ve dealt with some evil people and I’ve dealt with people who just made mistakes,” he says. And though his voice rings similar to modern star, Cody Jinks, Lamantia is far from red dirt country, at least in geography.

Lamantia grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, a bay city popularized by Seth McFarland’s hit show, Family Guy.   With blue collar Christian roots, his dad worked construction on heavy equipment and his mom didn’t work until the kids got older. As the last of five children, Lamantia jokes, “If it wasn’t for Miller beer, I’d never been born.”

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