"I love Ed Dupas’ 2015 record, ‘A Good American Life’. I must have played tracks off it on my radio show 50 times, so you know it’s a good day when something new from Ed drops through your mailbox. The latest ‘Tennessee Night’, banged out in 3 days and tracked live is an arse kicker of a record, “garage country” at its finest, owning it is a measure of how cool you are, just saying."
"This is a highly satisfying slice of blue collar Americana, with grit and grace in just the right ratio. Dupas may be from the home of the Stooges and MC5, but instead he chooses to kick out the classic Steve Earle-esque jams in a contemporary manner not too dissimilar to the likes of Sturgill Simpson. Even the album’s title guides us to points South, as Ed pays respect to the Volunteer State."
Ed Dupas' new record will soon be released and he'll be celebrating with full band performances May 18th/19th at the One Trick Pony in Grand Rapids, MI and Johnny's Speakeasy in Ann Arbor, MI respectively! The May 18th show in Grand Rapids is free and open to the public. Ticket's for Johnny's Speakeasy on May 19th are limited and they're on sale now!
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On July 12th, 13th, and 14th, Michael "Colenel" Crittenden, Rod Avsharian (drums), James Simonson (bass), and Drew Howard (steel, electric guitar) joined me at Mackinaw Harvest Studios to record 11 new songs which will constitute the follow of to A Good American Life.
Nor'easter Music Festival 2016 is almost here as there's always room for more lovers of great music (and nature) to make the trip! On the second weekend of June, the Nor-East’r Music & Art Festival takes place at the Oscoda County Fairgrounds: three straight days of eclectic music and art, food, dancing, camping, jamming, drumming, and some of the greatest parkin’ lot pickin’ in the state...
My good friend Josh Rose and I will be playing a couple of shows together to kick off 2016, each one of us travelling to the other's hometown. Catch the first of these shows at Crazy Wisdom in Ann Arbor on Feb. 26th, the a following show in Grand Rapids on March 25th at the Richard App Gallery.
The always insightful website, MusicRiot, was kind enough to include me in their High Fives feature this year. It took some thinking to come up with my 5 most listened to albums (so far)...
"Our favorite albums of 2015 are gathered together in the Festive Fifteen. Old favorites and new names – the future looks bright for Americana!"
Everyone involved in the making of this album can feel great about being included in this year-end show, nice.
"It’s not so long since this feature would have been ‘Top Five Singles’, but the concept of a single seems almost irrelevant outside the Radio 1 bubble and my friends in real radio call them ‘lead tracks’ now, so I’m picking my own lead tracks from some of the albums I’ve reviewed this year. These are five songs that grabbed me at the first listen and left me either elated or emotionally drained. If you don’t listen to anything else I’ve recommended, give these a spin; they all come from good or great albums, but they’re standout examples of superb songwriting, performance and production. They aren’t in any particular order, so where do we start?"
I was humbled and honored when The Telegraph UK let me know that A Good American Life made their list of the best country records of 2015. There are some amazing records on this list, you can check out the full list here.
Thanks again to Dr. Chris Ryan for being so supportive of the the record. If you've not checked out his podcast, Tangentially Speaking, I highly recommend it. He's a fellow seeker and has a knack for choosing interesting guests. Chris let a friend at The Atlantic know about my music and I guess they liked it, here's where you can find their track of the day.