MP3 Michael McNevin - Secondhand Story
Singer-songwriter with intricate and innovative guitar picking skills and an enchanting collection of songs that play out the stories of his life, and the people and towns of his travels - americana/folk at it''s best.
11 MP3 Songs in this album (43:44) !
Related styles: FOLK: Modern Folk, COUNTRY: Americana
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Michael McNevin has logged thousands of concerts over the years across the U.S., and he''s been a main stager at some of the bigger festivals around, including Strawberry, High Sierra, Kerrville, and Philly. He has a seasoned voice, innovative guitar work, and some hilarious tour adventures. His songs read like short stories, full of humor, heart, and a keen eye for Americana. With 5 CDs under his belt, he''s back in the studio recording his sixth effort -- look for some rough guitar/vocal prerelease cuts at upcoming shows, California CD release concerts this Winter, and U.S. concert tours through 2009.
Michael is a winner of the Kerrville New-folk award, a 5-time winner of the West Coast Songwriters Association "Song Of The Year", was nominated "Artist Of The Year by the National Academy Of Songwriters, and was chosen by Performing Songwriter Magazine as a Top 12 “DIY Artist Of The Year".
Some fans also know him as an Etch A Sketch artist; not kidding, he illustrates his songs on the little red toy. His art and music have been featured on CBS "Evening Magazine", NBC, ABC, Fox, and in numerous rags and papers around the country. While DJs and musicians take to the music, art galleries and visual media scratch their heads over his drawings.
A bay area native, Michael started his career with a six month stint in New York City. With a stockpile of songs, he cut his troubadour teeth in the subways and streets of Greenwich Village. Perhaps the most defining New York experience for McNevin was a night he spent in the slammer for jumping over a subway turnstile. This would become a song titled "Jersey Jail" off his debut release "Secondhand Story". While many of his songs chronicle the people and towns of his travels, they also capture the Huck Finn childhood he had as the youngest of 4 boys growing up in the rail town of Niles, California. "Two Feet Ahead Of The Train" depicts a close call on a train trestle over the Alameda Creek when he was ten years old, while "Bagger" describes his days working at the town grocery store.
Niles is a small east bay train town, an 1860s rail hub in the hills of Fremont. In the 1910s, Charlie Chaplin filmed the tramp there before heading south for Hollywood. Between tours, Michael still lives and plays in his home town, which unlike the rest of the bay area, has retained it''s charm and history. Michael recently converted an 1860s barber shop into "The Mudpuddle Shop" -- a performance arts space for concerts, jams, art classes, and writing workshops. The shop also serves as the Golden Spike Headquarters - where a host of locals greet and guide riders of the historic Niles Canyon Railway trains that run through Niles Canyon most Sundays of the year. When he''s not he''s there, with his delicate Etch A Sketch art hanging proudly on the walls, waiting for an earthquake.
"I don''t know what''s best about this CD - Michael McNevin''s music or his Etch A Sketch drawings that accompany each song. McNevin is a singer-songwriter of the highest order."
-Acoustic Guitar Magazine
"The talent of Michael McNevin lies in his ability to extract juicy bits of life from his surroundings and let a tale unravel."
-Performing Songwriter Magazine
"Michael McNevin has been kicking around from coast to coast for years now, a maven who delights his audience"
-Sing Out! Magazine