Michael On Fire: News
New adds this week - October 28, 2014
Among the new radio adds this week (radio stations that have added Healing Waters to the mix) are WHFR (thanks to the people at Light From the Underground ... Folk in A Minor - playing "11th Hour" and "Healing Waters" -
and Wildman Steve in Auburn, AL - playing "Done This Dance Before", the duet with Carlene Carter
climbing the charts - October 20, 2014
'Healing Waters' is up 46 spots on the Americana Charts to #132.
New Adds - October 13, 2014
Healing Waters - the new record!
among the new adds this week are: WERU (Rhode Island),KAFM (Colorado), KUNR (Nevada),www.americanamusicshow.com (NC); Countrybear.com (FL)
Healing Waters - available now! - July 27, 2014
Get it now - buy on the HomePage or the Products page - or digitally at http://michaelonfire.bandcamp.com/album/healing-waters
Interview Excerpt - March 3, 2014
from an interview with the Artist Advocacy Foundation.
Q: So what’s new in the world of Michael On Fire?
MOF: Today is new. I have lived long enough to realize that every breath is new for me. The more I complain or the more cynical I get, the more the world and my life takes on those qualities and that kind of temperament. To breathe my breath and be grateful for the things I've seen, the places I've been, the experiences I have had, makes me realize how truly unique and blessed I am, then that becomes the reality for me.
I attended the International Folk Alliance this year and realized very few of the people there have my longevity and the miles and profound experiences of being a full-time musician. I got to hang out with some people my age and older, and it was cool because we know that to have even made it to the here and now we have had to be outlaws and mavericks, because we’ve somehow managed to exist outside the very narrow parameters of the music industry.
So, the exciting thing is to get up and exist another day and somehow gift the world, my generation and my children with the courage it takes to follow one's own heart and path.
I seek those who are peaceful, joyous, honest, courageous, creative, healthy and tolerant of the day-to-day brutality of greed and commercialism. Every day is a new challenge to maintain our humanity and our dreams.
So today what is new for me is to play that magic chord in a way that I have never played it before and somehow be of some worthy service to myself, my children and my family, my friends and those that truly need something other than the obvious nonsense that we are all faced with on a daily basis.
“You’d know what I mean,
If you’d seen what I’ve seen,
If you’d been where I’ve been,
If you lived in my skin.”
- MOF, “The Lost Sea”
Announcing new airplay for 'Make Me a Drum' and more - August 3, 2013
In the past month, “Make Me a Drum” off the Michael On Fire Live in London CD has gotten a whole bunch of radio play, with new “adds” showing up in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Nevada, California, and Hawaii.
International play has been reported this month from Peru, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Latvia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Korea, and the Philippines.
You can watch the Live performance of the song, from London, here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhZQkWCS9Bg.
For a “Lifer” like Michael On Fire, the most effective distributors and promoters of the music are the friends and fans who like it and share it with others. You can find hundreds of MOF recordings available at
"Cadillac Ranch" on the radio - August 18, 2012
"Cadillac Ranch" arrived at radio this week, and broadcasters in Colorado were among the first to pick up on it, with the title cut being added at KVNF (Paonia) and KDNK (Glenwood Springs), and "Burma Shave Memory" being played at KAFM (Grand Junction).
A Letter from Jango - July 27, 2012
TOGETHER IN 1965, MICHAEL AND I EMBARKED ON A VOYAGE, A QUEST, CRUSADE IN SEARCH OF LOVE AND REASON. WITHOUT LOVE THERE IS NO HOPE AND WITHOUT HOPE WE HAVE NO REASON. WITHOUT REASON THERE IS NO FUTURE. WE WERE JUST 15 YEAR YOUNG WRITING SONGS, RECITING POETRY LECTURING ON CYBERNETICS AND THE VALUE OF NONVIOLENT PROTEST. PLUM STREET, THE ARK, WAYNE STATE, OAKLAND UNIVERSITY AND MORE. WE WERE ON A MISSION LIKE OTHERS AT THE TIME. THE WHITE PANTHER PARTY, JOHN SINCLAIR, MC 5, STUDENTS FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY SO MANY WHO OPENED THEIR MOUTH TO YELL AND SELL THE REVOLUTION OF THE LOVE GENERATION ONLY TO ASSUME IN TIME THE PASSING OF POLITICAL POWER TO THEIR HANDS AND THEN RULE WITH FEAR LIKE THOSE FOOLS BEFORE THEM SITTING ON THE SIDELINES WHILE IN THE RAW EACH NEW GENERATION PAYED A PRICE FOR THEIR WHIMS AND OBSESSIONS. THE COST INCURED MADE LEGAL BY LAW WAS A LOSS OF FREEDOM, LIBERTY AND/OR LIFE. IN THE RAW...THE RAW...SPELL IT BACKWARD....."WAR." FOR EACH COUNTRY TO ACHIEVE ITS NATIONAL AGENDA DO YOU BELIEVE IT IS YOUR PATRIOTIC DUTY TO FOLLOW, WITHOUT QUESTION, REFUTE AND AT ALL COSTS AS ORDERED. ALL ROADS LEAD TO OTHERS AND EACH OF US HAVE THE RIGHT TO FOLLOW A PATH OF CHOICE. BUT NO MATTER WHICH DIRECTION YOU CHOOSE REMEMBER ALL ROADS CAN LEAD TO YOUR DREAMS BUT IF YOU DON'T GO YOU WON'T GET THERE. FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH MY ADVISE, AS YOU TRAVEL YOUR ROAD OF CHOICE WHEN YOU PASS OTHERS GOING IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION NEVER SAY YOUR GOING THE WRONG WAY. JUST SAY I'LL SEE YOU AT THE TOP.. I TIP MY HAT TO MICHAEL FOR BEING ONE OF THOSE FEW WHO TRAVELED ONE ROAD, DROVE STRAIGHT AHEAD WITHOUT MAKING A REST STOP.
- Jango Edwards (renowned Clown Nouveau, founder of "The International Festival of Fools")
Introducing the Michael on Fire Music & More Subscription Program! - December 16, 2011
Get never-before-heard recordings TWICE A MONTH, plus LYRICS OF THE WEEK, STORIES, VIDEOS, PHOTOS, A COMMUNITY FORUM, and more.
A single subscription: $20.00
Buy Five Subscriptions (give as a gift to your friends): $83.30 (That's two months free!)
Buy 10 Subscriptions - be a grassroots distributor - $150.00 (Save 25%)
The challenge for independent musical artists is how to get their music out to an expanding circle of people who might want, need or otherwise appreciate it. It is with this in mind that we introduce the Michael on Fire music Music & More Subscription service – to further connect artist and audience, thus providing an outlet for Michael to create and produce new music, and an opportunity for people who want to hear it and share it with others.
For just $1.67 per month ($20 year), subscribers will receive two recordings per month, including many brand new songs recorded for the very first time, along with some gems from the archives, and also live recordings from various Michael on Fire concert performances. These songs will come to you as mp3 files, which you can easily download to your computer, phone or iPod.
Sign Up Now and receive your very first song, written and recorded within the past few weeks.
In addition to the songs you’ll also get:
- Free CDs (in cases where a CD has been manufactured you will receive a free copy, as part of your subscription.)
- Stories and commentaries by Michael about the song, or describing the circumstances surrounding the recording or the performance;
- Lyrics of the Week - a new set of lyrics, either chosen by us or requested by you, every week;
- Notes from the road
- Photographs - from shows, and behind the scenes
- Videos - in cases where a video or slide presentation has been created, we will send you the video;
- a forum - to share your thoughts, impressions and insights with others in the community.
Sign Up Today, and start receiving Michael on Fire music delivered direct to you.
As part of this introductory offer, when you sign up, you are also eligible to purchase a subscription for someone else, as a gift, for just $16.70; that’s Two Months Free! If you buy 10 subscriptions (remember it’s that time of the year for exchanging gifts) the price is $15 per year – that’s a 25% savings off the regular subscription price.
So join us in launching this new and exciting program, celebrating creativity, independence, and … community.
Range Radio adds Michael on Fire - June 16, 2011
We want to send out a shout and a "thank you" to our friends at Range Radio (and rangeradio.com) for spreading the music all over the country and across the continent via an extensive syndicated network of terrestrial and internet broadcasters. This week, they added "Chief Redbird's Violin," "Marlboro Country" and "Apache Wind" to programming, and on their partner network, Radio (of Caribou Ranch fame - the legendary recording studio in the ) they added those three songs plus "Violet Skies," and "All the Wild Horses" from the Commanche Moon CD. Check 'em out, they're playing some good music.
Always Yes - Radio Adds - April 8, 2011
We've updated ALWAYS YES - Radio adds:
WFIT (Melbourne, FL)
WMSR (Auburn, AL),
WHAY FM (Whitley City, KY),
KDHX FM (St Louis, MO),
KTCU FM (Ft. Worth, TX),
KCSS FM (Turlock, CA),
KGHP FM (Gig Harbor, WA)
Up to #29 on the Americana / Country Chart - February 7, 2011
"I Ain't There Yet" rose nine slots this week to #29 on the Americana / Country Charts (Roots Music Report)
Michael on Fire #38 on Country / Americana charts - January 31, 2011
New Album - "Always Yes" - December 15, 2010
Michael’s new “album,” Always Yes, is done and at the manufacturers. It includes 13 songs, covering a broad spectrum of Michael’s natural roots oriented music styles, including country, blues, big ballads, swamp-rhythms and more.
Michael is joined on the record by musical compadres Ced Curtis, David Reinstein, Jamie Ascenzo and Tyson Leonard. The record is due out in early January, but we’re so excited about it that we can’t wait that long to share it with you, so over the next couple of weeks we’re going to be providing you with “sneak peeks” of several of the songs.
Today, we begin our “sneak peek” series with the first two songs on the CD, called “Righteous Man” and “Chief Redbird’s Violin.” Enjoy.
In other news, Michael’s Enchanting Holiday Music is (for the 13th straight year!) in rotation throughout the holiday season on The Weather Channel television broadcasts. You can purchase Enchanted Holiday Music at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/colonemichael, and if you’re so moved you can call or write the Weather Channel to say “thanks” for playing it.
Weather Channel - May 7, 2010
Another of Michael's instrumental pieces - "Old Buck Theme" - has been added to the list of his compositions that have been featured on on The Weather Channel. For more than a decade several selections from his Enchanting Holiday Music CD have been programmed heavily throughout the holiday season on The Weather Channel bringing international exposure and a world wide following to his music.
Critics Pick : Michael On Fire one of the best concerts of 2009 - Ventura, Calif - January 9, 2010
From the Ventura County Star (Ventura, Calif.) "Best of 2009" issue, Critics Picks category for Best Concerts of 2009
Paul McCartney was pretty darn cool.
The Artist The Dreamer The Lover The Fool - November 4, 2009
CD includes 10 songs, seven of which have never appeared on record before.
Viva l’Amor, I Don’t Mind Growing Old, Cold Night in Abilene, Lord Have Mercy, Cadillac Beach, Do You Have Any Heart, Jubilation, I Remember the Angels Cried, Indigo Blue, West of Eden.
Now on DVD - November 8, 2008
FROM GROUND TO GLASS
The award-winning film by Rob Dafoe
features five songs by Michael on Fire.
You can order copies at http://www.fromgroundtoglass.com
United Nations World Refugee Day - June 5, 2008
The United Nations designated June 20 "World Refugee Day" – in 2008 "There's Only Light," by Michael on Fire was used as the soundtrack to a slideshow which was chosen as - featured video on the United Nations Refugee Agency Homepage
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