September 2013 Newsletter

This week I ask you to join me in celebrating ten full years of Michael J. Media as a full-time venture. It’s almost surreal to look back and realize I’m still doing it—helping clients to gain the exposure they need, while making a living doing what I love. It hasn’t always been easy, but to say it has been rewarding hundreds of times over is an understatement. Of course, there were doubters back in 2003—both inside my head and outside. But when you want something bad enough, you find ways to press forward that you didn’t even know existed. And when you are self-employed, you often have to dig deep to get past inevitable barriers, as well as fear of the unknown. So thanks to all of you out there who have contributed to Michael J. Media’s success in one way or another—especially the one person I couldn’t’ have done this without—my wife Jen. And so here’s to the next ten years, and then some!

New Clients

Blood Washed Band—This past April, this Twin Cities based alt-country super group released its debut, Driftin’ Along, on House of Mercy Records. Their music is inspired by old time country gospel songs and hymns, and is billed as an “album of country-gospel classics for those who still love the taste of whiskey."

Upcoming Releases

The Whiskey Gentry Holly Grove (September 10) Road tested and audience approved, Atlanta based band The Whiskey Gentry is releasing their second album, the 11-track Holly Grove on September 10, as yet another leap in the band’s evolution on a musical and social scale. The Whiskey Gentry continues to reel in listeners from all walks of life - from music novices to mainstream audiences - while their musical mastery garners the professional praise and respect of those with the most sophisticated of musical palates.

Dan Miraldi Devil at Our Heels (September 10) Sonic alchemist Dan Miraldi will release his new six-song EP, Devil At Our Heels, on September 10 (CD release party in Cleveland September 7). Miraldi and his band have crafted another album which conjures the souls of rock, Americana, and power pop, past and present. Building on the success of 2012’s full-length album Sugar & Adrenaline, Devil At Our Heels augments his ability to create original songs resonant of the best of multiple rock genres, while pioneering entirely new music.

Charlie Parr I Dreamed I Saw Paul Bunyan Last Night (September 24) Chaperone Records will release this collection of new works by and about the Duluth-based Parr. The packaged product, adorned with a surrealistic portrait of Charlie, includes: A DVD of the film “Meeting Charlie Parr,” produced by The Meeting Team, a vinyl LP containing 42 minutes of music recorded during the film production (featured in the film), as well as an MP3 download card for the entirety of the recordings.

Jesse Terry Stay Here with Me (November 2013) Jesse Terry is an internationally award-winning singer-songwriter whose transcendent life and music make him one of the most prolific indie artists today; his intimacy with audiences, sincerity, and approachability solidifying him as a favorite at nationwide live venues. His forthcoming album, Stay Here with Me, displays more of this salt of the earth musician’s lyrical mastery, emotional depth, and soothing voice that has often been compared to the likes of Ryan Adams, Paul Simon, John Denver, and Jackson Browne, reaching deep into listeners’ hearts to envelope them in shared joy, sadness, love, and unrelenting hope.

Also look for new albums in 2014 from long-time MJM clients Will Kimbrough (February), Red Wanting Blue (TBA), Brian Lisik (TBA) and The Iveys (TBA).

Other News

Red Wanting Blue is kicking off a fall tour this month including dates with Will Hoge, and Swear and Shake.

Denver indie folk band Paper Bird will perform at Red Rocks on September 14, supporting their friends and uber successful Dualtone recording artists The Lumineers.

The Whiskey Gentry, as part of their current tour in support of the new album will share the stage with legendary rocker/producer Butch Walker on September 9, 10 and 11 in DC, NYC and Boston, respectively. Walker guested on a track on Holly Grove, the band’s brand new album.

Recent Releases

Burning River Ramblers To Color a Fool
Kevin Presbrey Dust Unto Dust
Watermelon Slim Bull Goose Rooster
David Newbould Tennessee
Rob Nance Lost Souls and Locked Doors
David Mayfield Parade Good Man Down
Poco All Fired Up
Paper Bird Rooms
Second Wind Eudora

On Tour Now

Darrell Scott
Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime
Scott Don’t (original project of Badfish members)
Breaking Laces
Chris Knight
The Nadas
A Fragile Tomorrow
Desert Rose Band
JP Harris & the Tough Choices
Folk Soul Revival
Brian Lisik
Pure Prairie League
Cash'd Out (Johnny Cash Tribute)
Tim Mahoney

The Companies We Represent

Concord Music Group: We continue to work tour press for several artists under the Concord Music Group umbrella including Al Jarreau, Arturo Sandoval, Boney James, BWB, Chick Corea, Earl Klugh, Eliane Elias, Esperanza Spalding, Fourplay, George Benson, George Duke, Gerald Clayton, Hiromi, Jeff Lorber, Kendrick Scott, Kneebody, Kurt Elling, Lee Ritenour, Marcus Miller, Michael Feinstein, Molly Ringwald, Otis Taylor, Patricia Barber, Roberto Fonseca, Shemekia Copeland, Spencer Day, Steve Tyrell, The Slide Brothers, and Trampled Under Foot. Many of them are touring or will be touring to support new releases, so check them out at Concord Music’s website. With reviews, original entertainment features, sports, commentary, men's fitness advice, humor and blogs covering a wide range of topics, is one of the premier online entertainment magazines for men. Mountain Publishing also publishes several blogs including Premium Hollywood, The Scores Report and Mikey's Kitchen.


For those of you in the Madison WI area, my wife Jennifer Farley will be singing at “Chick Singer Night” hosted by Beth Kille at the Brink Lounge on Wednesday, September 11; and Jen and I will have another acoustic duo gig at the American Family Dream Bank in downtown Madison on Friday, September 13.

Blogs and Writing Contributions

Mikey's Kitchen

Progressives Punch Back

Just Another Autism Blog

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