Our next concert is April 5 with Michael On Fire
Michael On Fire
From his beginning as a songwriter and artist signed by the late-great Don Davis to Groovesville Music working out of Detroit’s famed United Sound Studios, to his earliest recordings with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (“The Swampers”) at Muscle Shoals Sound, to his musical explorations with his group Prismatic, as part of a thriving progressive jazz scene, performing shows with the likes of Stanley Clarke, Jean Luc Ponty, McCoy Tyner, Mose Allison, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Frampton and more, to his time in L.A. and Nashville, gigging constantly and making records with Stephen Stills, Joe Vitale, Daniel Lazerus and other great producers and musicians, to his many years of non-stop touring through every nook and cranny of the country, and right on through to his newest two-album set, Michael On Fire has been relentless in his commitment to creative expression and musical performance. He is that rare breed that has lived his entire life, since his teenage years, uncompromisingly as a full-time artist, playing all original music.
He has 20 albums to his credit, and has also created music for film and television. His instrumental Enchanting Holiday Music was among the most played music on the Weather Channel for 14 consecutive years.
A review of his last record, by Alan Cackett of Maverick Magazine (UK), noted: “This is honest, rootsy music by a veteran artist who makes music on his own terms regardless of current fads and fancies,” which is true, and then it goes on to add, “We celebrate artists like that, especially when the music is of such uniformly high quality;” (so do we!)
In a recent radio interview, Michael said, “Every day is a challenge to maintain our humanity and our dreams. My job is to somehow gift the world with the courage it takes to follow one’s own heart and path; to play that magic chord in a way that I’ve never played it before, and somehow be of service to myself, my children, my family, my generation, and the people who truly need something beyond the obvious nonsense that we are all faced with on a daily basis.”
It is our pleasure and honor to close out this season with Michael On Fire.
Artists who have performed at Tales from the Tavern:
Priscilla Ahn – Dave Alvin – Phil Alvin – Joan Baez – Marcia Ball – Ryan Bingham – Stephen Bishop – Tim Bluhm – Suzy Bogguss – Ray Bonneville – Bonny “Prince” Billy and The Cairo Gang – Karla Bonoff – Jackie Bristow – Brother Sun – Pieta Brown and Bo Ramsey – Chuck Cannon – Carlene Carter – Matt Cartsonis – Peter Case – Annabelle Chvostek – Slaid Cleaves – Ron Colone – Elizabeth Cook – Jake Copass – John Corbett – AJ Croce – Joe Crookston – David Crosby – Kacey Cubero – Paul Curreri – Catie Curtis – Greg DeLeon – Grey DeLisle – Kris Delmhorst – Jesse DeNatale – Henry Diltz – Gerald DiPego – John Doe – Donovan – Fred Eaglesmith – Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart – Craig Eastman – Tim Easton – Cliff Eberhardt – Kenny Edwards – Carrie Elkin – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Lauren Ellis – Fabulous Ginn Sisters – Stephanie Finch – Rosie Flores – Steve Forbert – Gib Foss – Jeffrey Foucault – Richie Furay – Tony Furtado – Chris Gaffney – Mary Gauthier – Dan Gerber – Eliza Gilkyson – Tony Gilkyson – John Gorka – Jon Dee Graham – Tracy Grammer – Art Green – Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion – John Hammond – Butch Hancock – Andrew Hardin – Michael Reno Harrell – Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen – Tish Hinojosa – Malcolm Holcombe – Rita Hosking – I See Hawks in LA – Janis Ian – Ruby Jane – Jill Knight – Danny Kortchmar – Jimmy LaFave – Patty Larkin – Jim Lauderdale – Phil Lee – Greg Liesz – Bob Lind – David Lindley – Juke Logan and Bill Lynch – Shelby Lynne – Michael Martin – Iain Matthews – Anne McCue – Country Joe McDonald – John McEuen – Erin McKeon – Audrey Auld Mezera – Michael on Fire – Katy Moffatt – Steve Moris – RB Morris – Gurf Morlix – Geoff Muldaur – Peter Mulvey – Dan Navarro – Danny O’Keefe – Carla Olson – Beth Orton – Gretchen Peters – Kelly Joe Phelps – Rod Picott – Owen Plant – Steve Poltz – Willy Porter – Steve Postell – Chuck Prophet – The Quebe Sisters – Joel Rafael – Willis Alan Ramsey – Walt Richardson – Kim Richey – Wil Ridge – Tom Rush – Tom Russell – Danny Schmidt – Maia Sharp – Dick Siegel – Darden Smith – Michael Smith – Preston Smith – Chris Smither – JD Souther – Amy Speace – Devon Sproule – Dave Stamey – John Stewart – Gregg Sutton – Eric Taylor – Jack Tempchin – Paul Thorn – Greg Trooper – Teresa Tudury – Karen Tyler – Ian Tyson – Randy Weeks – Kevin Welch – Corrine West – Cheryl Wheeler – Wheeler Brothers – Kenny White – David Wilcox – Paul Williams