Guitar Mike, The Recreation Trail Strummer

I’ve wondered what the story was. Stop and listen while on your walk.

At 54, Urso has dreams and aspirations of making a CD one day, and maybe hitting it big, but doesn’t know how to get that done.

So he plays for tourists and locals who pass him on the recreation trail, a few hundred yards south of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. They reward him with coins and dollar bills.

“I had a pretty good day yesterday. The Row was packed with people walking around for the holidays and I wound up making about $30,” says Urso, who wears dirty jeans with softball-sized holes in the knees, a dark blue parka and an olive green cap. His silver hair is long and his beard could use a trim.

Guitar Mike, The Recreation Trail Strummer