"Hob Thrasher" a new Single!

An old song made new again with Tracy Grammer on Fiddle, David Stoddard on Accordion, and Dad Jack sings the last two words.. Wabash Cannonball!

A Single of "Hob Thrasher", a Mike and Jack McNevin cowrite now 20 years old, a June 2021 Father's Day kinda thing, made new again with friends Tracy Grammer on fiddle, David Stoddard on accordion, produced by old pal Tom Prasada-Rao. Listen close and you’ll hear 86-year-old Dad Jack sing the last two words :). Hob was an old fiddler we met in the airport with his grandson, me the younger guitar picking stranger, we jammed on Wabash Cannonball to pass the time. Written in 2001, and finally Recorded proper. Released on the June 2021 Folk DJ Singles compilation, sent around to radio folks by Hudson Harding Music.

Hob Thrasher Available as download on Michael’s Bandcamp: michaelmcnevin.bandcamp.com

"Margaret 1956" a single

Now available to listen or download at Michaelmcnevin.bandcamp.com

Just a crazy day in the life of my mom at 17, living in the SF Mission District projects, cutting school, sneaking south for a dream-filled day in Hollywood, to get discovered like Lana Turner did. Definitely a Mother's Day tribute for the month of May. This version has Tom Prasada-Rao on low strung violin, Phil Bennett (of Starship) on piano, McNevin on guitar, vocals, harmonies. I'm so proud of it, Tom produced it, did some tracking at Phil's place too, Indie-folk Americana. It's also up on Youtube (with a still pic of Margaret & Jack at Clear Lake in 1956, their first date).

Hi Friends! Well i'm managing to release about one single a month, uploading them on my Bandcamp Site (michaelmcnevin.bandcamp.com - copy & paste that url into your browser and see what's over there). Some are new, some old and redone proper, mostly new stuff to come through the months though. This latest July track is one of the older tunes, called "Man On The Levee" about a trumpet player riffing on the Sacramento River on 4th Of July. The June track is a BRAND NEW version of old "Hob Thrasher", as a nod to Fathers Day with Tracy Grammer on fiddle and David Stoddard on accordion, produced by Tom Prasada-Rao. "Margaret 1956" came out in May, an ode to my mom on Mothers Day month with Tom Prasada-Rao on low strung violin and Phil Bennett on piano. April's cut is "Prey", a kitchen sink lyric for the year that was 2020, folk-rock Americana with myself on vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, and pal Michael Romanowski of Coast Mastering playing bass, drums, and Hammond, and recording mixing and mastering. Romo is a Swiss army knife of talents, I love how it turned out! These song singles are all up for listens and downloads at my Bandcamp page along with a big wide collection of 11 other new songs I'm calling The Aluminum Oasis Collection. These recent singles are also landing in Folk DJs desks, mailboxes, and laptops as we speak, thanks to Erik Balkey of Hudson Harding who is sending out these wonderful and timely monthly themed collections, reaching Folk DJs all over the US. 

I'll keep adding to the new song pile best I can, keep an eye on the bandcamp page, and just pay a buck or whatever you want to toss in the Bandcamp buy bucket, it all helps keep me on the road. Thank you for your tips, purchases, and support through all these crazy times!  

As the main mud hub of mud, revisit michaelmcnevin.com for more stuff, tunes, troubadour info, and turn your friends onto the stuff if you're so inclined. Find more fun at the Bandcamp site, and even MORE mud is at Mike's Facebook personal page, as in the Saturday 10am Morning "McNevin In The Mud" FB Live shows (over 100 shows already since the dam panic began in March 2020!). Facebook friend or follow www.facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic

Thanks for your support, thanks for the ears, thanks for the years!
   ~ Love Michael 

PS - if it's easier to just copy the new single links, here you go: 
"Man On The Levee"
https://michaelmcnevin.bandcamp.com/track/the-man-on-the-levee
"Hob Thrasher"
https://michaelmcnevin.bandcamp.com/track/hob-thrasher
"Margaret 1956"
https://michaelmcnevin.bandcamp.com/track/margaret-1956
"Prey"
https://michaelmcnevin.bandcamp.com/track/prey 

Every Sat at 10am "FB Live" Shows With McNevin at The Mudpuddle Shop. Tip Jars: PayPal.me/MudpuddleMusic & Venmo.com/MichaelMcNevin 

"FB Live" shows on the ole' Personal FB Wall. Americana originals, bad jokes, surprise guest interviews with cohost Helen The Mannequin at the interview desk. BYO. Wear whatever you want, it's your couch. We're now into 2021, having done 106 FB Live shows since March 2020. What a crazy year. I think these FB Live shows are here to stay, though they may move to a mid week or other such time. Watch on Mike's wall for the FB Live video windows at showtime, here: www.facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic AND catch the "ReRuns" in Michael's FB Videos section, here: www.facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic/videos 

Tip Jars: PayPal.me/MudpuddleMusic & Venmo.com/MichaelMcNevin 

Lastly, There's a pretty nice Kulaks Woodshed concert Video up, from my last tour in early March, it lives at the Michael McNevin & The Spokes FB band page, McNevin solo concert set, live in North Hollywood, with studio audience. 
www.facebook.com/MichaelMcNevinMusic/videos/269657387413558/

For info, booking, questions, requests, here’s Mike's Business and PayPal email:  
info@MichaelMcnevin.com 

Thanks for keeping the gig life alive and the Mudpuddle rent paid :-). 

~ Michael

Help Keep The Mudpuddle Shop Doors Open!

“Aluminum Oasis” 11 song demo collection on Bandcamp. Download singles or all 11!

Michael McNevin - Aluminum Oasis Collection

Michael McNevin

Collection of recent songs, with a couple older ones. Guitar & vocal, about how I sound at live solo concerts, straight ahead. Plus a few extra guitar parts here and there. For fun I was calling it The White Albume at gigs, a demo I burned on my computer, one at a time on my Mac. For the sharpie demo CDs, I spelled it wrong on purpose, so as not confuse me with the Beatles. Ha ha :). Probably deserves a better name, since it's now out on the web for downloading. So, it's the Aluminum Oasis Collection, with Aluminum Oasis as the first track. Americana, Folk, storytelling lyrics. Most tracks recorded by Tom Prasada-Rao in a Niles CA living room. A few other tracks (#3, #9, #11) recorded at Phil Bennett's home studio in Pleasanton, CA.
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Note to Fans and Friends. The March 6-7-8 in SoCal were my last live shows, as the Corona Crud took over. Shows booked into Summer & Fall of 2020 have been wiped clean, and it's difficult to say how 2021 will shake out. So it's muddy lemonade time. I'm keeping the Mudpuddle Shop as a concert space, and hope to reopen on the other end of this! Concerts will now be online, solo McNevin broadcasts from the Puddle for the foreseeable future. I've added a donation button for The Mudpuddle Shop, via PayPal you can donate a bit, or more, once, or monthly, to help keep the art space open. I plan on keeping this place alive for the year or two it takes to reopen, and beyond. Whatever you can give is appreciated by the Niles Community, the musicians who play here, and the listeners who frequent it's many events. It's now in it's 15th year, with over 180 feature concerts, over 500 song swaps and jams, and many workshops and special events. And now as of Oct 2020, 60 Online Concerts :).Right now the best way to watch the shows online is through Michael's Facebook Pages. Michael's Personal FB Page is facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic. The McNevin & The Spokes Band Page is: www.facebook.com/MichaelMcNevinMusic , and you can email Michael for info and updates too, at info@michaelmcnevin.com 

Stay safe and find the silver linings as we get through this crazy year together. 

Michael's short bio:
Michael McNevin's songs read like short stories, full of heart, humor, and a keen eye for detail. Winner of the Kerrville New-Folk award in Texas, Performing Songwriter Magazine “DIY Artist Of The Year”, 7-time grand finals "Song Of The Year" winner for West Coast Songwriters. Accomplished guitar work and seasoned vocals underscore the characters and places he comes across in his travels. He grew up in the train town of Niles, CA, in the east bay hills the San Fransisco Bay Area. He started out playing underage in East Bay bars, mixed in a six-month stint busking the streets and subways in New York and has has since logged 25 years on the U.S. songwriter circuit. He's shared hall stages with Johnny Cash & The Carter Family, Donovan, Shawn Colvin, Richie Havens, Iris Dement, Greg Brown, Christine Lavin, Robert Earl Keen, and many of others. He’s been a main-stager at Strawberry, High Sierra, Kerrville, Redwood Ramble, American River, SummerFolk in Canada, and the Philadelphia Folk Fest. He's also been a 3rd place finalist at both the Rocky Mountain Folks and Telluride Troubadour Competitions in Colorado, and was nominated Artist Of The Year by the National Academy of Songwriters. He tours as a solo act in the US and parts of Europe, and occasionally gets a band together as McNevin & The Spokes. In addition, Michael is an Etch A Sketch artist of some renown, delighting and dumbfounding audiences. Not kidding, he illustrates his songs on the little red toy. Michael has been a guest on CBS "Evening Magazine", plus segments on NBC, ABC, and dozens of cable music shows.

When he's not on the road, Michael also owns and operates the Mudpuddle Shop, in downtown Niles, a former barber shop. Now in it's 14th year, it is a 15'x15' creative hive for showcases, workshops, song swaps and jams. His Etch A Sketch drawings hang on the walls, waiting for an earthquake.