February 2013 Newsletter

February 1. Already a month has passed in 2013, and how are you doing on your resolutions? I know, I know, it’s a loaded question. But I am quite sure I have not followed through on nearly enough of my resolutions so I’m going to look at that list again, maybe every day if I have to (no really, I will!). Meanwhile, Michael J. Media is as proud as ever, as we’re boasting some of the best artists and releases we’ve ever had. So go ahead. Avoid reading on further and learning more about these artists at your own risk. You did have it on your list of resolutions to discover more new music, didn’t you? If not, there is still time to add that. Okay, I’ll stop--and let the artists do the talking…

New Clients

Lizanne Knott A long standing member of the Philadelphia music scene and managing partner of Grammy Award Winning MorningStar Studios, Lizanne Knott has been captivating audiences throughout the US and garnering accolades from radio listeners and peers around the globe. A local favorite on Philadelphia's award winning WXPN, her music has been placed in independent films, TV movies, documentaries and by national non-profit organizations. Her newest record, Standing in the English Rain, will be released on Proper in London in early 2013 as well as independently distributed in the U.S. www.lizanneknott.com

Upcoming Releases

Poco All Fired Up (March 2013) For 45 years, Poco has been making music in the realm of the classic country rock sound that they helped found in the late ‘60’s, one that inspired other acts to follow suit – bands such as The Eagles, Firefall, The Little River Band and Pure Prairie League. But to persist across six decades, you need to have a rabid fan base that considers your music to be a soundtrack to their lives, or continue to evolve and refine your sound while staying true to your roots. Poco does both and it’s why their new studio album -- their first in eleven years -- All Fired Up, is a celebration of longevity and unparalleled songwriting. www.poconut.org

David Mayfield Parade Good Man Down (April 1) He’s one of the most energetic, enigmatic, entertaining and beloved performers in Americana circles, and now David Mayfield is set to release Good Man Down on April 1. Good Man Down is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut, David Mayfield Parade (January 2011) and the album also boasts special guests such as Seth Avett (of the Avett Brothers), country star Dierks Bentley, and legendary bluegrass icons Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. www.davidmayfieldparade.com

Charlie Parr: Barnswallow (February 5) www.charlieparr.com
The Nadas: Lovejoy Revival (February 5) www.thenadas.com
FAT OPIE: Victoryville (February 12) www.fatopie.com
Todd May: Rickenbacker Girls (February 19) www.pelotonrecords.com/toddmay.cfm
Paper Bird: Rooms (March 26) www.paperbirdband.com
Tommy & The High Pilots (April 2013) www.thehighpilots.com

Recent Releases

A Fragile Tomorrow: Be Nice Be Careful www.afragiletomorrow.com
Tim Mahoney: Shine Through www.timmahoney.com
War Poets: Dulce et Decorum Est www.warpoets.net
Jacob Blazer: I Am Jacob www.jacobandthegoodpeople.com
Heyday Media: In This Together www.heydaymediagroup.com

Other News

Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project For two decades, Atlanta native Ed Roland has been the front man and heart of the platinum-selling rock band Collective Soul. Roland and his band will continue their Rooted in Georgia residencies in Athens and Atlanta this month. www.thesweetteaproject.com

Northeast Ohio band Burning River Ramblers have been accepted into the Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Bands, and it’s the kick-start to the band’s 2013 that will see them releasing their sophomore album this spring. To vote and download the band’s single, “Don’t Wait on Me,” please visit this page. www.brramblers.com

Jeff Campbell A Philadelphia native, Jeff Campbell moved to San Francisco in 2004 to make his mark on the city’s rock scene. Ten years later, he’s earning national recognition with his new DVD release, Stop and Go - Live at Coast. As front man of the alt-rock band Pine and Battery, Campbell has enjoyed heavy airplay on San Francisco radio stations like KFOG and KQED. Campbell is currently on a West Coast tour in support of the DVD. www.jeffcampbellmusic.com

On Tour Now

Red Wanting Blue www.redwantingblue.com
John Oates www.johnoates.com
The Whiskey Gentry www.thewhiskeygentry.com
Desert Rose Band www.chrishillman.com/desertroseband
Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime www.badfish.com
Scotty Don't (original project of Badfish members) www.scottydont.com
The Speedbumps www.thespeedbumps.com
Shivering Timbers www.shiveringtimbersmusic.com
Brian Lisik www.brianlisik.com
JP Harris & The Tough Choices www.ilovehonkytonk.com
Dan Miraldi: www.danmiraldi.com
Darrell Scott www.darrellscott.com
A Clever Con facebook.com/aclevercon
Cash'd Out (Johnny Cash Tribute) www.cashdout.com
Michael Kaeshammer www.kaeshammer.com
Pure Prairie League www.pureprairieleague.com

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