Quirky conversations, odd jobs, and narrow escapes, Michael McNevin's songs read like short stories—full of heart, humor, and a keen eye for detail. Skillful guitar work and nuanced vocals underscore the characters and places of his travels. Michael's easy going rapport and knack for storytelling brings audiences into his scenes: a busking clown on a Michigan lake, a trailer mechanic in Barstow, a scarecrow in love, a circus bear on the run, a close call with a freight train, a day in the live of a grocery bagger. The lyrical landscapes are filled with surprises and everyday life. Michael has played the main-stages of the Kerrville Folk Festival, Strawberry Folk Festival, and High Sierra Music Festival as well as shared stages with Johnny Cash & The Carter Family, Donovan, Shawn Colvin, Richie Havens, Robert Earl Keen, Iris Dement, Rosanne Cash, Greg Brown, and many others. 

Michael grew up and resides in the train town of Niles, California, where Charlie Chaplin filmed The Tramp and where the first set of railroad tracks entered the San Francisco Bay Area in 1869. Like Mayberry with a biker bar and a head shop, Niles and its peculiarity are often featured in Michael’s songwriting. In addition to his masterful banter, Michael delights and dumbfounds audiences as an Etch A Sketch artist of some renown, illustrating songs on the classic red toy. His Etch A Sketch drawings hang proudly on the walls of Michael’s longtime shop and community space, The Mudpuddle, waiting for an earthquake. Michael has toured mostly as a solo performer, but in the last ten years has been hitting stages as a trio or band, McNevin & The Spokes.  

Performance Videos

"Aluminum Oasis" Live at Kulak's Woodshed

"Man on the Levee" Livestream from The Mudpuddle

Press Photos

Photo by Shelby Loveland

Photo by Shelby Loveland

Photo by Shelby Loveland

Photo by Shelby Loveland

Photo by Shelby Loveland

Photo by Shelby Loveland

Michael McNevin & The Spokes

Michael McNevin & The Spokes


“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 from each one.”  - The Performing Songwriter Magazine 

“...heard you on the KFOG acoustic Sunday morning show ...bagging groceries and an Etch-A-Sketch. Two of my historical accomplishments — dig the tunes.”  - Tony Bennett   

 “The word riveting aptly describes Michael McNevin’s performance. His voice is one that stays with you after a show. This guy’s going somewhere.”   - Good Times, Santa Cruz    

“Secondhand Story is an evocative peek into a stranger’s life.” - Chicago Tribune   

“Michael is one of folk music’s best kept secrets. His voice is hypnotic, his guitar playing superb...”  - Christine Lavin    

“McNevin is a charming live performer, and much of his success may be due to his warm, humorous stage presence. Standouts include ‘Busy Life.’ ‘Jersey Jail’ is another gem… finely wrought lyrics, astute observations…”   - Bluegrass by the Bay     

"Michael McNevin has been kicking around from coast to coast for years now, a maven who delights his audiences with story-songs and patter... Here are sketches of people, places, and events... a bang-up good collection." - Sing Out! Magazine    

"His voice, exquisite melodies, flowing guitar lines—it's all light as a feather. Even when the subject matter is dark, the song goes way up in the air." - Dirty Linen Magazine

"McNevin picks up songs like furniture picks up dust." - Reporter News, Abilene

Fesival, Venue, TV & Radio Appearances

Festival Main Stages

High Sierra Music Festival - CA
Kerrville Folk Fest - TX
Strawberry Music fest - CA
Philadelphia Folk Fest - PA
South Florida Folk Festival - FL
Redwood Ramble - CA
American River Music Festival - CA
Great River Folk Festival - WI
Tucson Folk Fest - AZ
WildFlower Fest - TX
Rocky Mountain Folks Fest - CO (Troubadour Competition)
Telluride Music Fest - CO (Troubadour Competition)
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival- NY

Notable Venues

Great American Music Hall - CA 
Freight and Salvage - CA 
Fiddle and Bow - NC
Kuumbwa Jazz Center - CA
Eddie's Attic - GA 
Cedarburg Cultural Center - WI 
The Bluebird Cafe - TN
Uncle Calvin's - TX
Wente Winery - CA
Passim - MA
Caffe Lena - NY
Godfrey Daniel's - PA
CB's Gallery - NY
Front Porch - IN
Genghis Cohen - IN
The Troubadour - CA
The Palms Playhouse - CA
The Birchmere - DC
The Sweetwater - CA

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