April 2013 Newsletter


Sometimes, for better or for worse, life smacks you in the face. A few years ago, when my wife and I were watching a reality show -- I think Top Chef Masters -- she asked me what charity I would play for if I was in a competition like this. I had no idea and still do not remember what my answer was. Then not long after that, our son Jonathan was diagnosed with autism, and our lives were forever altered, I’d like to think for the better (read more on our blog if you are interested). Not only could we get the help Jonathan needed, but when we had the chance to give back, Jen and I both revived our long-dormant musical exploits to contribute to Autism Speaks. I wrote about Jen’s cover band, No Matter What, having a reunion show in her hometown of Cleveland (and in what was my adopted hometown for a decade), and that show took place this past Saturday in what was an incredible performance by her and the band, and a huge success in raising money for the cause. This month, my good friend Dave and I revived our acoustic duo, Second Wind, to release an EP and will be donating proceeds to the cause as well (more on that below). Some would say being “smacked in the face” as I mentioned is a bad thing. For our family, it was the opposite, and it sure feels good to give back to a cause that we’ve become entrenched in and feel connected to now.

Happy spring everyone—it’s a time of year that is full of renewed hope, warmer weather (we hope!) and great music releases and tours…..so let’s have at it!

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Mustered Courage: Mustered Courage is a bluegrass band from Melbourne, Australia that combines four-part harmonies, virtuosic picking and brilliant songwriting to create a unique take on bluegrass—a sound that has been captivating festival audiences Australia wide. Their new album, Powerlines, is due worldwide May 10 with a U.S. tour planned for late summer/early fall. www.musteredcourage.com

Upcoming Releases

Second Wind Eudora (April 2): A bit of shameless self-promotion here, my buddy Dave and I have released an EP for our acoustic duo that is, in many ways, three decades in the making. We are donating proceeds from the EP sales to Autism Speaks. More to follow, but please e-mail me to mike@michaeljmedia.com for more information.

Dan Miraldi The Freewheelin’ EP (late spring): This Ohio based rocker is releasing his first ever acoustic EP and will be launching two other projects over the course of 2013. Stay tuned! www.danmiraldi.com

David Mayfield Parade Good Man Down (April 2) www.davidmayfieldparade.com

Tommy & The High Pilots (May 28) www.thehighpilots.com

Burning River Ramblers (title and release date TBA) www.brramblers.com

Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project Devils ‘n’ Darlins (release date TBA) www.thesweetteaproject.com

Recent Releases

Poco All Fired Up www.poconut.org
Tim Mahoney Shine Through www.timmahoney.com
Paper Bird Rooms www.paperbirdband.com
Lizanne Knott Standing in the English Rain www.lizanneknott.com
Breaking Laces Come Get Some www.breakinglaces.com
Charlie Parr: Barnswallow www.charlieparr.com
The Nadas Lovejoy Revival www.thenadas.com
FAT OPIE Victoryville www.fatopie.com
Todd May Rickenbacker Girls www.pelotonrecords.com/toddmay.cfm
A Fragile Tomorrow Be Nice Be Careful www.afragiletomorrow.com
War Poets Dulce et Decorum Est www.warpoets.net
Jacob Blazer I Am Jacob www.jacobandthegoodpeople.com

Other News

Twin Cities based singer, songwriter and performing musician Tim Mahoney knows firsthand what it’s like to prepare for auditioning for reality TV shows. He was a contestant on CBS’s INXS: Rock Star in 2006, and The Voice in 2011. Now Mahoney is blazing a new trail – by teaching a course at the Macphail School of Music in Minneapolis called, “Nailed it! How to Audition for The Voice and other Vocal Competitions” on Sunday, May 5.

In March, Paste Magazine debuted the new video from David Mayfield Parade, “Human Cannonball” and the new Paper Bird video for “As I Am” was launched on American Songwriter.

Red Wanting Blue, after another successful gig on The Rock Boat, is in pre-production for their new album, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed and career-altering From the Vanishing Point. RWB is planning on a release later in 2013, and we will tell you more as we have more information. www.redwantingblue.com

Northeast Ohio rocker Dan Miraldi has a new video for his song, “Record Collection,” just in time for Record Store Day later this month. www.danmiraldi.com

Katey Sagal: It's been several decades since Katey Sagal sang back-up for Bob Dylan, Bette Milder and Etta James, but the Sons of Anarchy star says that in spite of her success as an actress, music is still her true passion. So it’s with that in mind that a touring show was put together— KATEY SAGAL: An Evening of Music and the Cast of Sons of Anarchy. The first dates will consist of a Midwest run April 18 through 21 (Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Chicago). www.facebook.com/kateysagalsoatour

Canton Symphony Orchestra: The Canton Symphony Orchestra announced today that it will donate a portion of the proceeds for its presentation of Here to Stay-The Gershwin Experience on April 6 to the Aultman Breast Care Center in Canton. Donations from the April 6 concert will be used for mammograms and other testing for women in need who do not qualify for other aid. Sylvia McNair, the soprano who is soloing during the performance, is a breast cancer survivor and the impetus for the donation. www.cantonsymphony.org

On Tour Now

Jeff Campbell/Brad Brooks/Clay Bell: Billed as San Francisco Songwriters in the Round, this trio of excellent Bay area based artists are hitting the road in the Southeast (including Bell’s hometown of Little Rock, AR) this month for a short but mighty tour. www.jeffcampbellmusic.com
www.bradbrooksmusic.com
www.claybell.me

The Whiskey Gentry www.thewhiskeygentry.com
Desert Rose Band www.chrishillman.com/desertroseband
Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime www.badfish.com
FAT OPIE www.fatopie.com
The Speedbumps www.thespeedbumps.com
John Oates www.johnoates.com
Brian Lisik www.brianlisik.com
JP Harris & The Tough Choices www.ilovehonkytonk.com
Cash'd Out (Johnny Cash Tribute) www.cashdout.com
Michael Kaeshammer www.kaeshammer.com
Pure Prairie League www.pureprairieleague.com

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