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The Low Down Review – No. 23

16 Aug

Wild Mustang, Big Horn Basin, Wyoming

What’s Left Remains: About a mile off to the north of the Greybull Highway, a herd of wild mustangs kicked up dust, and grazed in the sage brush. We doubled back and headed for the gate of a dirt road near to where the horses milled about. The sign at the gate of the McCullough Peaks Road read “It is unlawful to approach wild horses.” Keeping to the dirt road, we rolled the car along wondering just what in the hell “approach” meant, and tried to reason a definition that would suit our purpose to get a closer look at the herd.

As we debated, we came up to the top of a hill and saw something of an unusual color for the terrain in the distance. After staring from behind the windshield for a while, we headed down to where it lay. At first, we thought it might be a canvas tarp held down by rocks, but as we walked closer, our imaginations settled down, and we realized what we were looking at, the remains of a palomino mustang.

The wind was soft, the sun high above the approaching storm clouds, and the body still – the vultures, coyotes, and ravens having long ago taken what life Death offered. The hooves appeared soft, their edges curved over, more like fingernails than horse hoof. The left, hind leg’s metatarsus, or cannon bone was broken and poked through the hide, which we took to be the cause of the death. Unable to walk, the horse likely bedded itself down in the low growth chaparral, and waited. Out of some unspoken respect, I didn’t touch what remained of the body. I thought we stumbled upon a scene more rare and sacred than the herd itself.

Dazed and quiet, we walked to the car and drove back towards the entrance of McCullough Peaks Road. The herd hadn’t moved much, and a pair took turns rearing up, and chasing each other. It looked like play. The dust floated up into a small cloud before the light breeze spread it thin. It was at that moment, as I took a right onto the highway towards Cody, that I realized that for both the living and the dead, what’s left remains.

From Afar, the Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming

Metrolanded: For those of you who know me well, my name garnering honorable mention in the Metroland, Albany NY’s Alternative Newsweekly, may be a bit of a surprise. It certainly was to me; I was notified of two separate honors this past month by text message… But upon the recommendation of local promoter, Greg Bell of Guthrie Bell Productions, and Ian White of music collective Swordpaw (I apologize for the lack of a link; the email wouldn’t send with it embedded or typed), and band Bear Grass, I read up on the writings of Josh Potter, and found him to be a sincere writer, not at all snarky in his reviews and commentary. Reading his articles refreshed me, and his insight and perspective interested me. I sent him an email, and soon thereafter, I mailed out Greenhorn and Harvest the Heart.

A few weeks later, a review of Harvest the Heart popped up. My favorite line from the review is, “…the thematic essence of what he writes is consistent with the genre’s pioneers.” That’s a satisfying sentence, judging from where I sit and write to you. It’s also quite an honor to set on the digital mantle.

And a week after that, I received a text message while in Wyoming congratulating me on my recognition as “Best Folk 2013″ by the Metroland Staff. I had no idea it was a category. Another honor for the digital mantle. You can read all the the staff picks for the best of music here… I dig this quote: “His straight-from-the-gut songwriting and sterling guitar work are best heard up close and personal in a small listening room, of which M.R. makes a steady round.” I must give a very big thank you to Josh Potter, and the others over at the Metroland that took my name (and the boys’ inspired work…) into consideration.

Danny Whitecotton, in the Studio

From the Low Down: I’ve been working in the studio a little bit, on other songwriters’ projects. One day, I found myself in James Kinne’s Bennington, VT based SoundMIND Studio pushing my way onto Danny Whitecotton‘s latest album, Love, War, and Other Mistakes. Give a listen, and you’ll catch my vocals, and slide guitar on a couple of tunes, in addition to Danny’s well-written songs. I’m honored by my inclusion on his album. The guy is a multi-talented, hard-working, and steady gigging musician, so check out his schedule and head on out and enjoy.

And… Mr. fingerpicking and songwritin’ hisself, as well as long-time friend and collaborator, Matt Durfee just launched a Kickstarter! campaign for his debut solo album, Little World. All I can say about Matt’s work ethic and talent can be summarized in a clear statement: you are going to want this album. Donate and listen in. I’m also honored that Matt asked me to be on this project (vocals and electric guitar). It’s been a long time coming, buddy, and it sounds great…

I’m starting to book out the Fall months, yeah, they’re just about here. The summer was great, and mostly relaxing, which I am very grateful for. It was the first in a very long while, and I felt as though I needed it. But I’m now looking forward to setting up on the stage and playing and singing for you folks. Most of the current shows are in NY’s Capital District, but I’m starting to schedule out more MA, VT, NH, ME dates, with some others on the table. Check out the full schedule here, and, of course, let me know if you want me to look into heading your way. The short list is below…

As always, folks thank you for everything. Spread the word and share the song… Forward this email along to others you think would be interested, and definitely share the music and head on out to catch a show. I truly wouldn’t be able to do any of this without you. We’ve got some exciting events on the horizon. Thank you…

– Mike

Congratulations, many thanks, and lots of love to Matt & Kelly
for throwing a kick-ass party, and a hosting a beautiful ceremony
somewhere in the middle of Montana

Rebel Darling at Bellstock, photo by Roger Noyes

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Friday, Saturday Shows in Albany, NY Area

18 Oct

Hey there, folks.

For those of you in the Albany, NY area, I have a pair of shows scheduled for this Friday and Saturday. I know I mentioned both these shows in LDR No. 19 a couple of weeks ago, but I’m very excited about both of them, and wanted to get the details in front of you one more time. For those of you outside the Albany area, get your car pool together, and head this way.

First up, and on Friday, I’ll join Mike Eck and Tom Lindsay of the Lost Radio Rounders to help unveil their latest CD, Heaven’s Radio: Gospel Songs of the Carter Family. I’m a featured singer on a couple of the tracks from the album, including my arrangement of “No Depression,” of which I’m proud. Songstress Kim Kilby (Tern Rounders), and harmonica master Ryan Dunham (Red Haired Strangers) are also featured on the disc and will be part of Friday’s celebration as well. As an added sweetener, you’ll get to hear the delightful harmony and bass runs of Bob Ristau and the fantastic fiddle stylings of Mat Kane, both of regional heavyweight Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys. I’m honored to have my name among these folks, and I can’t thank Tom and Mike enough for the invite.


    Heaven’s Radio CD Release Concert – 8:00 p.m.
    Steamer No. 10 Theatre
    500 Western Avenue
    Albany, NY 12203
    Price: $13 in advance, $15 day of show
    NOTE: Free CD with ticket purchase!!!
    DOUBLE NOTE: Click Here for Your Chance to Win Two Free Tickets!!!

Open Door Policy. Join Us…

On Saturday, I’ll have the fortune and honor to sit in with a few more of Albany’s top musicians: John Rice on bass & guitar, Tommy Krebs (Alta Mira) on drums, and Roger Noyes (Dan Johnson & The Expert Sidemen / Arch Stanton Quartet) on pedal steel. We’ll play select tunes from Greenhorn, and introduce a slew of new tunes that we’re test driving for the upcoming album, which I expect to release in early 2013.

The practices have been fun and they’ve also inspired arrangements that will certainly make it to the recording. It’s a satisfying and exciting experience to have talented musicians contribute to my tunes – especially in a live setting, and I’m looking forward to sharing that experience with y’all. It might be the only group performance before we settle into recording, so make sure you’re there.


    M.R. Poulopoulos, John Rice, Tommy Krebs and Roger Noyes – 7:00 p.m.
    More Bread and Jam
    130 Remsen Street
    Cohoes, NY 12047
    Suggested Donation: $5
    Facebook Event Page

The hope of hopes is that I’ll be seeing you folks at both shows – between the two, you’ll hear some of the finest musicians in the area – I’m a lucky guy this weekend. I recommend making it to at least one. We’re going to have a lot of fun, and more so if you join us.

Be in touch, and as always, thanks for everything…

– Mike

Bottom to Top, counter clock-wise: Wanda Fischer, Mike Eck,
Tom Lindsay, myself at WAMC studio for The Hudson River Sampler

Playing DJ

2 Apr

Earlier today, I traveled over to the WEXT studio in Troy, NY to record a quick spot for their My EXIT program. Here’s the deal on the spot: The folks at WEXT allow an hour for a guest DJ to spin whatever their pleasure may be. This is not only a great way for the listener-supported station to directly involve their listeners, it’s also a way for listeners to connect with one another, and perhaps influence some of the programming…

DJ KTG set me up behind the mic, asked me to record a few promo lines for the show, and then I was free to fill in the talking points. DJ Dave Michaels stopped in to say hello, and seemed a little surprised that I didn’t pimp out Greenhorn in the set. As you see from the below list, I was strictly spinning tunes that have influenced and currently do influence my approach/es to songwriting (Click here for a pdf of the set list…).

I’m hoping I did these wonderfully talented people justice during the hour. I kept the chat to a minimum so I could fill the time with songs. I’m also hoping you folks tune in to hear the program, or generally tune in to WEXT to enjoy what the good folks over there spin. Check the Calendar for an update on when the spot cruises the radio waves…

Here’s the set list with artist links (NOTE: Artist – Song / Album):

1.) The Stray Birds – Birds of the Borderland / Borderland
2.) Jeffrey Foucault – Train to Jackson / Ghost Repeater
3.) Danny Schmidt – Grandpa Built Bridges / Instead the Forest Rose to Sing
4.) Danielle Miraglia – Home / Box of Troubles
5.) Kelly Joe Phelps – Plumb Line / Tunesmith Retrofit
6.) Chris Smither – Time Stands Still / Time Stands Still
7.) Mark Erelli – Everything in Ruin / Little Vigils
8.) Jill Andrews – These Words / Jill Andrews – EP
9.) Danny Schmidt – Boils Down to Blood / Make Right the Time
10.) Chris Castle – All Kinds of Time / Last Bird Home
11.) River Wheel – Hell Waiting / The Sound We Made
12.) Jeffrey Foucault – Heart to the Husk / Horse Latitudes
13.) Red Haired Strangers – Pumpkin Hollow / Hilltown Sessions
14.) Mark Erelli & Jeffrey Foucault – Wyoming Wind / Seven Curses

Let me know what you think of the set, y’all…

WEXT – EXIT Dome 5

26 Jan

Hey, all. This Saturday, January 28th, I’ll head over to the WEXT studio to act as Court Jester for their fifth annual fundraising concert, “The EXIT Dome.” As Court Jester, I’ll play for you folks as you walk in and get yourselves situated. I’ll also play in between stage sets over by the merch table to keep the music flowing. I’ll have copies of Greenhorn sitting on that merch table…

I’m damn pleased to say that John Rice will join me with his always wondrous string slinging, be it on slide or simply picking. It’s good fun reinventing the tunes with John. We play them different each time, and he can definitely keep the melodies fresh.

The concert itself raises funds for the continued operation of WEXT, which defies conventional radio. They’re bound to play something that you’ve never heard before, or that tasty track you haven’t heard in a while. And… no commercials, y’all. It’s listener supported, so show your support by coming out to the EXIT Dome concert, or by making a donation…

The Low Down Review – No. 14

28 Dec

Gene – Corning, NY

Snap-Shots: This time out, I remembered to snap a few photos… Above, meet Gene. I stumbled into Gene at a coffee shop in Corning, NY. After greeting each other over the sound of the sleigh bells hung above the door, I took a couple of steps, stopped, turned and walked back to where he sat by the entrance. He looked out the window, content and seemingly relaxed behind a scowl, and then turned his attention to me quizzically.

“Can I take your picture,” I asked.

“Why?” he replied, locking into a stare.

“I like your hat.” It was a half-truth. He had such an intense, concentrated look on his face, that his eyes seemed to see beyond the here-and-now, right through me and down over the road to forever. That glare situated under his horned hat reminded me of the American Bison I saw out West. It was a strange situation, and I was compelled. Capturing his photograph became important.

He paused.

“You don’t have to smile…”

“I’m not going to.” And with that, he laughed.

Rochester is a great city for the Arts. Music, painting, sculpture, and performance… The first thing I wanted to do when I reached Rochester was to head downtown and visit Bernunzio Uptown Music. Located on the same block as the Eastman School of Music, Bernunzio’s offers a wide and diverse selection of instruments for the refined, the educated and for the collector. Well, I ain’t much of any of those, but John, the owner, tells me I have good taste. I suspect he’s the one with the good taste, and that I could throw a dart in the dark there and pin down a quality guitar.

I sat with a 1948 Gibson JS and immediately desired it. I picked and strummed it for an hour. The sound was rich, full and balanced. It was as though the wood sang, more than I played. The guys in the back-room shop had brought the action down and walked the line between playability and resonance. The sound was so natural, it seemed other-worldly. And where the guitar seemed, the price-tag was. At $6,500, I tempered my desire with as much care and deliberation as the Bernunzio luthier had tempered the wonderfully worn and comfortable fret-board.

But even the price on the ol’ Gibson JS was no match for Rev. Gary Davis’ Gibson GB-1 banjitar. John set the price for this “rare model and incredible piece of American history” at $25,000. If I had 7 or 8 extras of my car, I might be able to make a trade… I don’t. I had to hop in the one car I have and head out empty-handed, richer for the experience.

The Reverend

After a great night in Rochester and another in Montour Falls, I headed out to Angelica, NY for an unamplified set at the Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Cafe. This is how I like to play, and the intimacy of the room satisfied. The space reverberated with pleasant timbre. When in a room like this, it’s easy to “play” with the room; I can adjust the levels simply by raising my vocals, lowering the sound of the guitar, and bringing the two of the them into complimentary pitches. No need for a soundboard… This is a room the performer can feel out. What a delight. In rooms such as these, each song has a life of its own and the energy the listeners provide fuels the performance. It’s a moving symbiosis. I forgot to sit for a meal, but I can testify that the smell of the food heightened my senses and tantalized.

Red Carpet Treatment

After the set, proprietors Don, Karen and their friend Jim and I sat for a couple hours of conversation over some cheese and wine. Simply put, these are great people, and they’re doing great things out there in Angelica, a couple of which I promised I wouldn’t divulge. I don’t want to be the jinx… But what they are doing, and it’s immediately clear, is providing the folks in and around Angelica a great spot for a meal and music. I can’t thank them enough for their hospitality and their kindness. I hope to be back in their company this upcoming summer.

After Hours Crowd, Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Cafe, Angelica, NY

The Holiday Reason: I’ve had a great year, and have you folks to thank for it. Many (very many) of you folks have supported me at shows, shared my songs with your friends and families and hosted me in your homes and venues. I want to offer up some generosity and hand out free downloads of Greenhorn to the first five folks who reply to this email, or click on the Greenhorn CD image below (if you’re replying to this email, make sure you mention “Greenhorn Download” in the subject line).

Click the above image to reply…

If you already have a copy of Greenhorn, feel free to reply to the email. If you receive a download code, send it along to a friend or family member if you think that they will dig the songs…

From the Low Down: I’m off to Rhode Island, the Ocean State. I’ll be joining Daphne Lee Martin and Sandy Allen (members of the estimable and thoroughly entertaining Raise the Rent based in New London, CT) for a fun night of song and craft beers. Join us at Perks and Corks, in Westerly, RI. Music starts at 8:00 p.m. on Thurday, December 29th. No Cover. Tell your friends…

I’m also excited to announce that I’ll be playing the part of the Court Jester at the 2012 WEXT Exit Dome. It’s the fifth year that WEXT has put together a benefit concert featuring acts from the Albany, NY area. Guitar slinging and sound guru, John Rice will join me for the night. EXT promotes local music with both sincerity and fervor, and I am indebted to their constant support. Get your Exit Dome 5 tickets through a donation to WEXT by clicking here. It all goes down on Saturday, January 28th, with doors at 7:00 p.m. Here’s the line-up:

Lastly, John Rice and Courtney Blackwell and I will team up for what’s beginning to look like a New Year’s Day tradition. We’ll head out to Shelburne Falls, MA to play around for a couple of hours at one of my favorite spots, Mocha Maya’s. After the set, we’ll head over to Memorial Hall to catch Redbird, a collective effort from some of our favorite songwriters. There’s lots of gigs coming up, and stay tuned for some Palatypus gigs to be announced. Check the show listing below for dates and details. I hope to celebrate a new year with you folks soon.

As always, folks thanks for everything. Spread the word and share the song… I couldn’t do this without your support, y’all.

– Mike

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Swing Sets West

13 Dec

This Thursday, I’m heading out to the western part of the state for a string of three shows. I’ll be playing in Rochester, a familiar city, but in a new location, Starry Nites Cafe. This is a relaxed setting – a little tight, but certainly relaxed and intimate – situated right in the University Neighborhood. Those folks were mighty kind to me when I stopped in for a bite to eat and a coffee on a Saturday afternoon late last Spring. Good people make for a good spot.

I’m hoping to meet up with friend and songwriter, Matt Sauer who struts on the guitar for The Indras. I owe a hell of a lot of good times to Matt; he’s put me up each time I’ve gone to Rochester to play shows, and I’ve been making the trip for about two years now. Matt is housemates with Corey (also of Indras notoriety) who is one of the funniest guys I know. His perspective on the current state of live music had me wiping tears with my sleeve.

After Rochester, I’m heading down to Montour Falls, NY to meet up and play with Palatypus band-mate, Matt Durfee’s brother, Travis Durfee for a night of songs at the Harvest Cafe. It’s a dinner show, and according to their website, they offer “the best chargrilled burgers in Northern Appalachia.” Alright, I’m in… They also claim to be home to the “most Vegan friendly menu in the region.” The region, y’all.

And on Saturday, I’ll drive a bit further west to Angelica, NY for another dinner set at the Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Cafe. Co-owner, Don, has been a most gracious host, and I’ve yet to meet the guy. He’s reached out to contacts at WRUR radio, and says that they’ll be spinning tunes off Greenhorn. Nice. Thanks, Don. Their menu impressed me, and was certainly a factor in reaching out to them. After writing with Don a few times, I’m honored that they’re having me in to play. It seems to me that they’re particular about musical acts.

So, if you feel like taking a road trip for some good food, times and tunes, hop in the car and travel with. And if you know anyone out in Western New York, make sure you tell them to head on out and to introduce themselves…

In a bit, folks…

Greenhorn on Spotify

5 Oct

In addition to Pandora’s internet radio and music genome music project, you can now find Greenhorn on Spotify. All the kids have been buzzing about it, and after a deluge in music submitted to the service and a subsequent delay in sorting, Greenhorn made the cut.

According to Wikipedia, Spotify “users can register either for free accounts supported by visual and radio-style advertising or for paid subscriptions without ads and with a range of extra features such as higher bitrate streams and offline access to music. A paid ‘Premium’ subscription is required to use Spotify on mobile devices.”

So go ahead folks, jump in and start splashing Greenhorn’s electric currents, and be sure to tip off your friends…

The Low Down Review – No. 12

25 Sep

Yellowstone National Park, WY

The Summer-y: Last I wrote, I was planning out the routes for my eastbound trip from Washington. The distance between here and there is great, but the events that sandwiched themselves into the stretch of time from then to now define a turbulent summer of elation and catastrophe. Crest and trough. Standing ovation to flood water devastation. A patriarch’s death, some friends’ welcoming their son to the world. This summer was all stir and no standing.

While in Washington, I settled in for a couple of days with buddy and songwriter, Justin Stang. He set me up with a gig at the intimate, friendly and family-run Robin Hood Restaurant and Pub, in Union, WA. Chef Michael Holbein has a knack for pairing experimentation with enjoyment. The venison dish he imagined in my presence was soon on my plate. I savored each bite. A bit of butter, a dash of salt, local vegetables, handmade pasta and king crab to crown… Clean plate club, y’all.

Hood Canal, Union, WA

After my performance at the Robin Hood, which garnered a standing ovation (a first), I hit the road along I-90 towards the rising sun, paper money in my pocket and sick as a dog. My voice was gravel and buckshot and my nose was an open floodgate along the Columbia River Basin. So much for busking. Up into the Idaho Rockies in search of somewhere to lay down and sleep away the night. There was little sleep. I dozed with my head outside the tent on the outskirts of Coeur d’Alene. Same for the other side of the Continental Divide, in Bozeman, MT.

A full two days remembered like a hallucination. Coyotes on guide rails, charred tree-trunks and flush canopies, burnt stone, a hawk on a carcass, Butte’s celebrated gash in the land. A glacial valley, the track of a monstrous, slow moving serpent, snaking through Missoula. I passed the same trucks and cars for 500 miles. The sun beat down from Big Sky and I napped on the roadside.

Music derailed, vocals drenched in honey-lemon Halls, and Emergen-C in my water bottle, I detoured down into Yellowstone National Park just to see it. I fell in love with Wyoming. Yellowstone alone is worth two weeks of wandering. I had a day. I didn’t waste it, and the wild in the air roused my senses and cleared my head.

The beauty of the park is paved with bittersweet blacktop. Sure, it allows the casual observer access into one of the last of the large expanses of wildlife, but it also taints that same expanse and creates dangerous confusion for the very wildlife that the park provides sanctuary. Wolves, bear, elk and bison may be seen from the relatively safe confines of
a car’s cab, which amazes. But it also reinforces the distance we’ve placed between ourselves and the natural world. Now, you can’t just get out of your car to pet the grizzlys, but I hope to get back to Yellowstone with a back-country pass to observe them from a good distance, with bear spray at hand.

Traveling east out of the park on US Route 14, I entered the heart of Wyoming, the Shoshone National Forest, into Cody, through the Big Horn Basin and into Greybull, where I settled for a night with guitar, bourbon and fire. The next morning, I spent driving through the most solemn, beautiful country I’ve ever seen, the Big Horn National Forest. From desert canyon, to green grass and sagebrush plain, to snow packed peaks, this forest instilled in me an incomparable, unmatched serenity. Real grandeur, indelible splendor. I was truly saddened when I realized that the road wound off and out of the forest.

From the high-desert plain, through the Black Hills and onto the Great Plains I drove along. The Great Plains will set a soul to thinking, and I thought about the buffalo and wished I had been able to see the herds blanket the rolling land like a cloud shadow. More regret than nostalgia.

Bighorn National Forest, WY

Once I crossed the Missouri River, I felt the familiar bustle of the East gaining traction. I found some tasteful, energetic jazz and some equally tasteful Pappy Van Winkle’s bourbon in Sioux Falls, SD. From there, well the story sits like a memory we all have: “You’re East, young man… This is not a welcome.” I’ll go west again.

Pandora’s Vox: A few months ago, I sent Greenhorn to the internet radio service, Pandora with the hope that they’d spin some songs. If you’re unfamiliar with Pandora, it’s a music service in which you choose an artist you like, create a station with the artist as the root, and Pandora selects similar artists to play on the station. I’m guessing that most of you are familiar with Pandora, but if you want to read up on it, here’s the Wikipedia page.

After about a month of waiting, the folks over there informed me that they accepted Greenhorn… Pretty exciting. My tunes will – hopefully – play for folks all over the country with similar musical preferences. Exposure is important, and I’m hoping that Pandora exposes my songs to new ears.

You can visit my Pandora Artist/Station page, and create a station for yourself by clicking here, or by clicking the above Pandora image… I’ve been using Pandora for a while now, and have found a few artists that I now follow. Most recently, one of Courtney Blackwell’s (lovely Greenhorn harmony, and songwriter) created stations delivered us Kelly Joe Phelps, and all the jealousy and aspiration that comes with hearing him…

From the Low Down: Thanks to your folks’ generosity, the Albany Angels surpassed their fundraising goal of $6,000. That’s an impressive amount of money to raise, but the effort impressed beyond the donations. Blisters be damned, the fine ladies in the Angels then joined hundreds of people dedicated to raising awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and walked 50 miles over three days as part of the MS Challenge Walk. I am very proud to know these strong, compassionate and generous women. Here they are at the finish line:

Ketti Horton, Rhonda Smith, Andrea Lomanto,
Courtney Blackwell

I’ve recently been on the fortunate end of media coverage: a Greenhorn and performance review, both on Nippertown.com, and an interview with Schenectady Gazette‘s Live in the Clubs feature. Here’s a list of the writers with links to their written word:

    – Lindsay Malachowski – Greenhorn CD Review, Nippertown.com (link)
    – Brian McElhiney – Interview, Schenectady Gazette (link)
    – Al Goldberg – Performance Review, Nippertown.com (link)

In addition to freelance writing, Lindsay photographs weddings, bands and adventures. Check out her additional work here…

I’ve a string of shows stretched out into December, and I’m working on adding more. I’ll be traveling quite a bit around the region. I’m particularly proud of an opening slot I secured up at Caffe Lena in Saratoga, NY on Friday, October 28. I’ll be kicking the night off for the award-winning, soulful blues songstress, Danielle Miraglia. I found her music on myspace years ago, bought it, and jumped at the chance to open for her. Hope to see you there.

As always, folks thanks for everything. Spread the word and share the song…

– Mike

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Horns on the Shelf and in Your Hands, Pt. 2

25 Aug

Last week I drove around the Capital District to hang posters for the upcoming Roots Festival at WAMC’s Linda Norris Auditorium. While at a couple of local music retailers, I dropped off a few Greenhorns for physical sale. For those of you into vinyl, these two shops will be familiar spots, and for those of you unfamiliar with these shops, make sure you make the time to check ‘em out. Not only do they provide local artists with space to sell their music and vinyl aficionados with a trove of records, they’ll be able to recommend new artists to you based on your preferences – better than an algorithm… Here are the spots:

  • Last Vestige Music Shop, 173 Quail St., Albany, NY 12203

  • River Street Beat Shop, 197 River St., Troy, NY 12180
  • So if you’re out and about, head on over to these fine local shops to support people who do what they love. Hey, it makes everyone feel a bit better when you deal with sincere and earnest folks, whether you be on the receiving or buying end. Give it a try, if you’re not already doing so, and help your local community thrive – wherever it may be.

    Other Small Businesses Selling Greenhorn:

    Greenhorn Review: Nippertown.com

    11 Aug

    Freelance writer and photographer Lindsay Malachowski reviewed “Greenhorn” for the Capital District’s web arts log, Nippertown. In addition to reading the review, be sure to bookmark Nippertown for art and music event listings and reviews. It’s a great resource for both the curious and involved.

    Here’s the review:

    “With his relaxed, storytelling approach, Michael Poulopoulos’ solo debut ‘Greenhorn’ feels like an intimate conversation with the singer, sitting on his front porch as he gently strums his acoustic guitar.

    A separate journey from his path as one-half the acoustic duo of Palatypus, this new singular effort is a pleasing mix of blues, folk and rock, and connects many of Poulopoulos’ influences: Dylan, Prine, Young, but updates the sound with his own uncomplicated, minimalistic style.

    On the opening track ‘Drunk,’ Ryan Dunham’s occasional harmonica wafts over Poulopoulos’ bare chords and soothing Jack Johnson-esque voice. ‘No Diamonds To Toss’ is a lovesick lullaby all about trying to forget the one you loved, with Courtney Blackwell harmonizing in the background.

    Tucked in the middle of the impressive 15-song line-up is ‘White Line,’ which shows off Poulopoulos’ fun, bluesy side with more harmonica wailing by Dunham and life-questioning lyrics like: ‘I’m meeting Jesus/Would you like to meet me there?/Riding on the white line/Up Heaven’s stairs’ and evokes a young Johnny Cash crooning ‘Jackson.’

    Curious, yet controlled Poulopoulos feels his way through each song like one might find his way through the dark – slowly and carefully. That attention to detail is what defines – and ultimately shines through on – ‘Greenhorn,’ showing that Poulopoulos can certainly stand all on his own.”