Mike Ness, frontman and lead guitarist for SoCal punkers Social Distortion, turns 52 today. For 37 years now Ness has been belting it out with his unmistakably ragged voice, becoming one of America’s greatest purveyors of rock and roll along the way. Part Johnny Cash and part Joey Ramone, Ness is a country-punk pioneer who has written a number of classics including “Ball and Chain” and “Story of My Life.” That fact that he isn’t in the rock and roll hall of fame yet seems absurd. But win, lose or draw, Ness continues to inspire a legion of fans around the globe with his heartfelt guts-game tunes.
Above, Ness and company play New York’s legendary CBGB’s back in 1992.
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