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.
In addition to his concert tours and homegrown Mudpuddle Shop activities, Michael has written songs for indie films, and has acted in a few of them too. As a life long student of music, theater, and creative writing, Michael's artistic directions also cross into corporate creative territory. He wrote, performed, and produced a six song EP collection of original songs for Mattel's "Oregon Trail" learning software, distributed nation-wide as a Michael McNevin album perk in the software box. For Adobe Systems, Michael was hired to write and perform a 30 minute concert and comedy variety show in two months from scratch, then performed it live at the Adobe's annual Patent Awards Banquets in San Jose and Seattle. He was also commissioned by Brocade to perform and draw (on the Etch A Sketch) over a three day weekend at the annual EMC Conference in Las Vegas, one of the largest events of it's kind. While corporate creative jobs are rare, he delivers fully formed McNevin content that suits the purpose of the project, pleasing clients and audiences with the music and branding he's been hired to highlight and enhance.
Michael's Past Openers, Co-Bills, Radio, TV, Festivals, Clubs, Etc.
Some Of Michael's Past Concert CoBills and Openers at halls and clubs ::: Johnny Cash & the Carter Family, Shawn Colvin, Donovan, Utah Phillips, Richie Havens, Rosanne Cash, Cheryl Wheeler, Greg Brown, Christine Lavin, Louden Wainwright, Chris Smither, Iris Dement, Patrice Pike & Wayne Sutton, The T Sisters, Bill Miller, Trout Fishing in America, Patty Larkin, John Gorka, Jonathan Edwards, Kelly Willis, Ramblin Jack Elliot, Tish Hinojosa, Robert Earl Keen Jr, Anna Tivel, Anais Mitchell, The Red Shoes, Peter Rowan, Adrian Belew, Kenny Rankin, Box Set, Dar Williams, Johnsmith, Tim and Mollie O Brien, Antsy McClain & The Trailerpark Troubadours, Bill Morrissey, The Good Ole Persons, Laura Nyro, Pat Travers, Merle Sanders & his Rainforest Band, Penny Nichols, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, Jack Williams, Aireene Espiritu, Tim Flannery, Christine Albert, Eddie From Ohio, Maurice Tani, Willy Porter, Michael Smith, Sara Hickman, John Herald, Dean Torrence, Tom Prasada-Rao, L.J. Booth, Brad Colerick, Bay Station, The Keller Sisters, Mare Wakefield & Nomad, Chuck Prophet, Jenny Kerr, California Honey Drops, Ron Thompson, Kim Michalowski, Andrew Calhoun, Annie Gallup, Lyne Adler, Lindy Hearne, Tracy Newman, Severin Browne, Laurie McClain, Red Molly, Cosy Sheridan, T.R. Ritchie, Rachel Garlin, Chuck Pyle, Buddy Mondlock, Carol Elliott, Dave's True Story, Maurice Tani, Jeff Berkley, Kevin Welch, Lorraine Newman, Marleys Ghost, Lou and Peter Berryman, The Neilds, Martin Sexton, Caroline Aiken, Hugh Blumenfeld, Rod McDonald, Greg Cagno, Linda Sharar, Sandi & The Rockerfellers, SEZU, Michael Jerling, Bob Franke, Banana, Lucy Kaplansky, Tanya Savory, Greg Greenway, Ellis Paul, Brooks Williams, Erica Wheeler, Caren Armstrong, Michael Lille, Inkuyo, Susan Udell, Steve Kritzer, Doug Blumer & Nancy Irish, Bohemian Highway, 77 El Deora, Dr. Elmo, Rory McCloud, Ronny Cox, Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald, Kyle Alden, Amy Obeski, Ira Marlowe, Fina Forsythe, Garrin Benfield, Kevin Faherty, Carla Ulbrich, Nancy Cassidy, Bright Blue Gorilla, Steve Meckfessell, Steve Seskin, Stevie Coyle, Glenn Houston, Phil Bennett, Terry & Jerry Holder, Vance Gilbert, Zoe Lewis, Tom Chapin, Kevin Faherty, Kate Wallace, Britta Lee Shain, Late For The Train, Laura Benson, Dave Pascoe, Dolly Ramirez, JJ Schlock, Chris Elliott, Crawdad Republic, Jim Henry, Joyce Woodson, Kate McDonnell, Sally Barris, Jay Howlett, Diana Jones, Melissa Greener, Hans York, Rolfe Wyer, Marty Atkinson, Mary McCaslin, Michael Stadler, Mary Pitchford, Fred McCarty, Stephen Yerkey, Jennifer Berezan, Jeff Pehrson, Adam Traum, John Roy Zat, Rick Shea, Kate Burkhart, James DePrato, Melissa DePrato, Alex Degrassi, Ed Gerhard, Darryl Purpose, Keith Greeninger, Rob Laurens, Megan McLaughlin, Emily Lois, Whit Hill, Robyn Landis, Amilia Spicer, Chauncey Bowers, John Lamb, Rebecca Troon, Ed Tree, Teresa Tudury, Calaveras, Walter Strauss, Vicky Pratt Keating, Rick Shea, Roy Book Binder, Annika Fehling, Eva Hillered, Dore Coller, Paige Clem, Paul Olguin, Peter Tucker, Mark Chestnut, Alisa Fineman, City Folk, Lila Nelson, Patrick Landeza.
Some of Michael's Festival Main Stage Appearances::: 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. Napa Valley Folk Fest - CA. KVMR's Acoustic Music Fest - CA, Tucson Folk Fest - AZ, Wild Flower Fest - TX, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest - CO (Troubadour Competition). Telluride Music Fest - CO (Troubadour Competition). Falcon Ridge - NY (showcase). Some Of The Halls And Clubs Where Michael Has Appeared::: Great American Music hall - CA, Freight and Salvage - CA, Jefferson Freedom Cafe - TX, Folk City - NY, The Main Street Cafe - FL, Fiddle and Bow - NC, Kuumbwa Jazz Center - CA, Eddie's Attic - GA, Cedarburg Cultural Center - WI, The Bluebird Cafe - TN, Uncle Calvin's - TX, Caravan of Dreams - TX, Wente Winery - CA, Passim - MA, Folkal Point - MD, Ithaca Music hall - NY, The Listening Room - NE, LVD's - IN, Catalyst - CA, Iron Horse - MA, Cafe Lena - NY, The Folkway - NH, Godfrey Daniel's - PA, CB's Gallery - NY, Old Vienna - MA, Musician's Coffee House - CA, Front Porch - IN, Genghis Cohen - IN, The Troubadour - CA, The Palms Playhouse - CA, KVMR's Night Live at the Foundry - CA, Brewery Arts Center - NV, WVBR Commons Coffee House at Cornell - NY, The Birchmere - DC, The Sweetwater - CA, Strings - CA, Morgan's - CA, Kirkland Arts Center - NY, Burlington Coffee House - VT, Kokopelli Coffeehouse - UT, Fast Folk Cafe - NY, Cactus Cafe - TX, Off Broadway - MO, Kendall Cafe - MA, Happy Endings - NY, Tin Angel - PA, Two Way Street Coffee House - IL, Cafe Carpe - WI, Some Of The Live TV and Radio Where Michael Has Been Featured::: CBS "Evening Magazine" - SF, CA, Fox News "Really Crilly" - Dallas, TX, NBC arts news - Monterey, CA, NBC arts news - San Antonio, TX, "River City Folk" with Tom May (syndicated) - Omaha, NE, "West Coast Live" with Sedge Thomson (Syndicated) - SF, CA, "Nite LIVE!" at the Miner's Foundry, KVMR - Nevada City, CA, " Bound For Glory" on WVBR with Phil Shapiro - Ithaca, NY, WVPE Live in Concert - Elkhart, IN, MPR-Maine Public Radio w/ Micah Engber (syndicated) - Portland, ME, KPFK w/ Howard and Roz Larman - L.A., CA, KUSP Live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center - Santa Cruz, CA, WERS Live at Passim - Cambridge, MA, WUMB - Boston, KUT-Austin, WPLN-Nashville, WHYY-Philadelphia, WADN-Walden, KUNI-Cedar Falls, IA. KERA-Dallas, KPFA-Berkeley, KDHX-St.Louis, KLCC-Eugene, KUOP-Stockton.