Q & A with Mike Rubin of The Inoculated Canaries

Photo by Iris View Photography

Photo by Iris View Photography

Following in the footsteps of their rock icon influences, The Inoculated Canaries have spent 2019 releasing several new excellent singles (listen to them now!) from their EP, “Trying Times.” Mike Rubin of the band chats with Mixtape Escape about their live shows, new music, and what’s ahead for the band.

What was the inspiration for “Who Are You?”

Mike Rubin: I think everyone has experienced the phenomenon of meeting someone and vibing instantly. Likewise, I think everyone has had points in their relationship where they need to reevaluate who they’ve become and make adjustments. This song sort of plays on both of those different emotions.

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Favorite venues that you have played?

MR: Not too long ago we got to play at the Bowery Electric. Great crowd, lovely space. Can’t wait to go back. (They return to the venue this September with a must-see show!)

Any pre-show rituals?

MR: Generally I like to be left alone before a show. Nothing super out of the ordinary, usually it’s just me and the guys talking about some silly nonsense until it’s time to play.

How do you think you’ve grown musically since the band formed?

MR: At first we would sort of write a part and then write another part and then super glue all the parts together into a song. Now I think we focus more on making everything more cohesive.

Last album you listened to?

MR: I’ve listened to all of the songs individually of course, but last week was the first time I listened to Abbey Road from beginning to end in one sitting. What a fantastic album.

Photo by Sarah Rose

Photo by Sarah Rose

What are you looking forward to accomplishing in 2019?

MR: I’m looking forward to recording another album. I absolutely love working in the studio. Collectively though, I think we just want to book more shows and play as much as we can. Making music is kind of the whole point of this right?

Taking their electrifying sound on the road, the band has tour dates throughout the summer in New York City - you can view a complete list here.

Country Music on Late Night TV: 1990

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A spot as a musical guest on late-night TV was not only a token of “making it” but it also exposed performers to national audiences, resulting in increased ticket and album sales. In 1990, country music was riding the neo-traditional wave with fresh new sounds from Clint Black, Travis Tritt, and Garth Brooks, while progressive acts like Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, and Roseanne Cash continued to dominate. With radio slowly starting to turn from legendary acts, a handful still made regular TV appearances. Four television programs: The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Late Night with David Letterman, Arsenio Hall Show, and the Pat Sajak Show all featured country artists in 1990.

In this series, I’ll uncover all of the appearances by made country artists throughout the year. I’ll track how many shows featured country artists, plus who made the most late-night appearances.

Shows Featuring the most country artists

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

At the top of the decade, Johnny Carson remained king with the most performances by country artists with 27 total.


  • 4 - KT Oslin

  • 10 - Larry Gaitlin

  • 31 - Highway 101


  • 2 - Kathy Mattea

  • 23 - Restless Heart


  • 7 - Ray Price - “For the Good Times”

  • 14 - Randy Travis

  • 22 - Lyle Lovett


“I remember I was a nervous wreck, but Johnny was so gracious to me. I got to go over and sit on the couch and talk to him. Johnny always reminded me a lot of my dad, and I told him that off-camera. I was just so honored and humbled to be on the show.” -  Medium /photo getty images

“I remember I was a nervous wreck, but Johnny was so gracious to me. I got to go over and sit on the couch and talk to him. Johnny always reminded me a lot of my dad, and I told him that off-camera. I was just so honored and humbled to be on the show.” - Medium/photo getty images

  • 17 - Lorrie Morgan - “Dear Me”

  • 20 - Desert Rose Band

  • 24 - Ricky Van Shelton

  • 26 - Clint Black


  • 10 - Lyle Lovett

  • 11 - Travis Tritt

  • 17 - Reba McEntire

  • 24 - Patty Loveless


  • 10 - Asleep at the Wheel


  • 6 - KT Oslin

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Photo: getty images


  • 16 - Garth Brooks

  • 30 - Patty Loveless


  • 1 - Gary Morris

KT Oslin - Barry Manilow


  • 5 - Randy Travis

  • 14 - Dolly Parton

  • 17 - Roseanne Cash

  • 18 - KT Oslin + Barry Manilow - “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

  • 31 - Dwight Yoakam

Late Night with David Letterman

David Letterman has always championed the outer edges of country music, beginning with his NBC stance and later carried those same country, alt, and bluegrass sounds to his classic CBS show.


  • 23 - Ricky Skaggs


  • 11 - Waylon Jennings

  • 20 - Steve Earle - “The Other Kind”


  • 16 - Lyle Lovett


  • 4 - Carlene Carter

  • 23 - Randy Travis + Tammy Wynette


  • 16 - Mary Chapin Carpenter

  • 21 - Roseanne Cash

  • 30 - Dwight Yoakam


  • 18 - Texas Tornadoes

  • 20 - Dolly Parton

Pat Sajak Show

The short-lived show aired on CBS from January 1989 to April 1990. Pat’s ties to country music include working at famed Nashville radio station WSM, home of the Grand Ole Opry.

  • February 14 - Eddy Arnold

  • March 8 - Highway 101

  • April 3 - Steve Wariner

  • April 10 - Mickey Gilley

The Arsenio Hall Show

The show scored some of the biggest and legendary names in country music during its run on the Fox Network. While the first season had a consistent and regular spotlight on country artists, the second season didn’t showcase a country act until four months into the season.


  • 23 - Charlie Daniels Band - “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” + “Simple Man”


  • 8 - Lyle Lovett - “Here I Am”

  • 14 - KT Oslin - “Hold Me”


  • 22 - Kris Kristofferson


  • 24 - Randy Travis & BB King - “Waiting on the Light To Change”


  • 21 - Dolly Parton


  • 12 - Reba McEntire

  • 20 - Barbara Mandrell


  • 26 - The Judds


  • 20 - Emmylou Harris


  • 29 - Reba McEntire - “Rumor Has It”


12 - KT Oslin

That wraps up the first year of country music’s biggest decade. With 56 total performances, country music would see some of it’s brightest stars make a splash with national audiences. Which country artist made the most appearances on late-night TV in 1990? KT Oslin. She was 46 when she scored her first big hits in the late 80s, but her age wasn’t the only thing that had people talking. KT spoke to a generation of women who resonated with her songs; she became the first woman to EVER win Song of the Year from the CMA. Her personality, her frank remarks, her talent - it’s no wonder why everyone wanted to book her for their show.

Most Late-Night Performances