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What is MichiganFolkLive.com?
Launched in December 2006, MichiganFolkLive.com is Michigan’s premier source of current information on the Michigan Live Roots Music scene. We strive to always provide the timeliest, most current, most comprehensive source of all things Folk Music related in Michigan. We aspire to always be your first choice whenever you want to know what is happening on the Michigan Roots Music landscape.
Comfy Couch Concerts announces lineup for the 2011 Season.
January 29th, 2011 Annie & Rod Capps
February 12th, 2011 Jill Jack
March 26th, 2011 The Honey Dew Drops
April 16th, 2011 Tim Grimm
May 21st, 2011 Billy Brandt & Sarana Verlin
Wixom, MI - Comfy Couch Concerts
Comfy Couch Concerts is a casual, non-smoking, family friendly, concert venue that seeks to promote acoustic, roots-driven music of many genres including folk, blues, country, blue-grass, celtic, americana, world-music and more. Expect to hear from singer-songwriters that will make you laugh and also touch your heart. The Concert Series is sponsored by MichiganFolkLive.com and Newport Furnishings and is held on the beautiful, comfortable furniture in Newport Furnishings Wixom showroom.
Ticket Prices $15.00 Adult $10.00 Student 8-18
For Concert information contact:
Steven Johnson Publisher MichiganFolkLive.com
Saturday February 12th 2011 - Jill Jack
Jill Jack returns to the Comfy Couch Concert series and this time shes bringing the whole band! Jill Jack is the winner of 24 Detroit music awards in the last decade across three different genres (Acoustic/Folk, Country, and Pop/Rock) for vocalist, songwriter, album, and artist.
"Jill Jack has all the makings of a major talent. She's got the stage presence, the voice, the ability to interpret songs passionately ... there's a lot of soul in what she does" -- Billboard Magazine
"Her voice can soar like opera and smoke like the blues ... one of the strongest voices in Detroit, or in the country for that matter." -- The Detroit Free Press
"That she can create a musical tapestry that allows elegance, grace, and rugged self reliance equal weight is a gift. That she can carry them all in the grain of her voice as the foundations of hard won truth is beautiful." -- All Music Guide.com
Comfy Couch Concerts / Newport Furnishings
52504 Grand River Ave.
Wixom, MI 48393
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Saturday March 26th 2011 - The Honeydew Drops
Were you one of the lucky ticket holders to our sold out Annie and Rod caps show in January? If you enjoyed Annie and Rod Capps traditional sound, make sure you come in March and hear this North Carolina duo, the Honeydew Drops.
This is fresh, homegrown music but deeply rooted in tradition and most importantly it is really good! » Anne & Pete Sibley
The musical equivalent to a couple that finishes each other’s sentences.
» Shawn Underwood, Twangville.com
Their talent is such that it’s quite possible that a new band recording in the year 2020 might cite The Honey Dewdrops as a prime influence. » Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine
Writing and singing in the veins of folk, old country music, and bluegrass, the Dewdrops entwine harmony singing with tight instrumentation and craft songs that are simple and fine-tuned. Theirs are new songs from the southern mountains that ring with originality.
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Gleaners Food Drive
Thank you to all who took part in our December Fundraiser benefiting Gleaners Community Food Bank. Not only did we raise enough money to feed 270 hungry people in South-East Michigan but we also received over 200 lbs of non-pershible food donations. Thnak you for joining us in our efforts to make a difference!
Steven L Johnson
Comfy Couch Concerts/Newport Furnishings
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan
Founded in 1977, Gleaners is one of the oldest and largest food banks in the country. Gleaners is proud to be a founding member of Feeding America and the Food Bank Council of Michigan.
Gleaners distributes donated and purchased food to more than 420 soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, senior homes and other partner agencies that feed hungry people.
More than half of Gleaners' food about 15 million pounds annually is distributed at no cost to our partner agencies. The rest is provided at a shared maintenance fee of 10 cents per pound, which helps offset the costs of handling and transportation.
Of every dollar donated, Gleaners uses 95 cents for food and food programs. One dollar provides three meals for a hungry neighbor.
Click Here to learn more about Gleaners
Michigan's own Craig Carrick honored with FolkAlley's Folk Spoke award.
Folk Alley's new feature was named the Folk Spokes award because spokes support wheels while connecting an unbroken circle of the best of musical traditions. Folk Spokes is an opportunity for you to nominate the unsung individuals (or spokes) in your community and to give them a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.
"Craig Carrick is involved with a number of projects to promote Folk Music in Michigan. He has a highly successful house concert series, "Carrick House Concerts" that promotes about 8 concerts a year, with all proceeds go to the artists. He is involved in a project that gives free guitars to aspiring young musicians through the Noreast'r Music and Arts Festival. He is heavily involved in planning, promoting and booking talent for that non-profit festival. He also is helping to book talent for both the "Ortonville Jams" concert series and a new Folk Series at Callahan's in Auburn Hills Michigan. ~ Steven Johnson"
Here is the URL to the FolkAlley page.
Now is the time to weigh-in to protect our wilderness UP!
Click on the picture above to learn about the sulfide mining threat to our wild UP!
January's "You’re Going to Thank Me Later!" Artist
Born into a family of musicians, May Erlewine has been playing music all her life. She learned to sing and play piano at an early age, and her acoustic guitar is seldom far from her side. Erlewine, who was home schooled, paid her singer-songwriter dues in her late teens with several years of hitchhiking back and forth across the U.S., even riding freight trains, and always writing songs and playing her music.
Now with four CD’s to her name, May works a variety of venues coast to coast, focusing on the Midwest and her home state of Michigan. Her inspired songs and powerful clear voice have a sweetness that delights audiences. Daisy May is often joined by Michigan singer-songwriter Seth Bernard, whose excellent guitar work and soaring harmonies are seamlessly woven into their song-stories.
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You know who you are. You’re the person for whom this web-site was developed. You have long ago left behind all the over-hyped, commercialized panderings of commercial radio, where each station sounds like the next one down the dial, and this weeks “flavor of the hour” is determined by a few mass media conglomerates.
You found yourself returning to the music of your youth. You may have discovered it on your local public broadcast station. Or maybe you found that you can find the music you love on satellite radio, or even streaming out of the speakers on your PC from your favorite internet radio station. It may be the blues that drew you back, or folk, celtic, bluegrass, gospel or newgrass. You might enjoy only one genre or maybe you appreciate the heartfelt musicianship of them all. This is your website, designed so that you can see these artists live, whether they are appearing in your backdoor or across the state.
In the months ahead, we have many improvements planned. We’ll be redesigning the site to support a wider range of browsers. We will be adding concert and record reviews in addition to other changes we have planned. But one thing won’t change, our fierce devotion to promoting the music, venues and musicians we love. Remember this is your web-site, please email any suggestions you have to me at the address below.
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What is “American Roots Music”?
American folk music, also known as Americana, is a broad category of music including Native American music, Bluegrass, country music, gospel, old time music, jug bands, Appalachian folk, blues, Tejano and Cajun. The music is considered "American" because it is either native to the United States or there varied enough from its origins that it struck musicologists as something distinctly new; it is considered "roots music" because it served as the basis of music later developed in the United States, including rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and jazz.
A usually fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague.
Cunning often outwits itself.
(620 BC-560 BC)