Where Dreamers Only Go

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The Solstice Session

Michael On Fire

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THE SOLSTICE SESSION: On the day and the night of the Summer Solstice (2016), our “group” gathered in the Santa Ynez Valley, at Bear Erickson’s studio, to record what we hoped would become a new Michael On Fire album. By this time, Michael had been performing with these musicians for more than four years, a couple times a year for a couple weeks at a time, at shows in California (Tompeet and Jack also joined him on extended tours across America.) Over the course of that time, Michael had gained a reputation as a highly improvisational artist, and his “California band,” as he affectionately called them, had shown repeatedly that they could go through any door of his choosing, and open new ones as well. Our only real “plan” for the album was – elevated lyrical content. Despite our stated desire to emphasize the lyrics, the first song Michael pulled out was an instrumental piece he composed two days earlier. It was the first song they recorded and the first track on this album. Its’ calm thematic beauty set the tone for what would follow the rest of the night and through the next day. The predominant aim that took over the session, which was embraced by all, was simply – to be true, now; and fully present in the present. The result is a record that is alive and creative. Some people ask – what’s even the point anymore of making “an album” when today’s technology allows you to put out songs whenever you want? The albums give context to the ongoing relationship between the artist and the audience. They help us “locate” the songs and recognize the musicians. We know “Queen Jane Approximately” from Highway 61, “A Day in the Life” from the Sgt. Pepper, and “When Will I Ever Learn” from Avalon Sunset. We know Al Kooper from “Like a Rolling Stone,” Billy Preston from “Get Back,” and Ladysmith Black Mambazo from Graceland. We know these songs and these musicians from those albums. This is the sixth Michael On Fire album in seven years, and his 20th overall. It was recorded with the same musicians in the same studio and the same approach as his last album (Healing Waters) and yet it sounds and feels very different. It is the latest and the next step in the musical journey of an artist of uncommon creativity, vision and commitment.
credits released April 5, 2017

The Solstice Session © 2017 Real Eyes Productions (REP056)

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Where Dreamers Only Go

Michael On Fire

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Where Dreamers Only Go: CD
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Where Dreamers Only Go: CD

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Where Dreamers Only Go This soundtrack album from the film The Artist, The Dreamer, The Lover, The Fool, draws on recorded works from throughout MOF's career, in various instrumental formats ranging from solo to seven-piece band and everything in between, and includes songs Produced by Stephen Stills, Joe Vitale, Bear Erickson, Jamie Ascenzo and of course Michael On Fire, with a whole cast of band mates including Tobias, Ced Curtis Stevie Ray Davis, Joe Braus, Carole Ann Colone, Phil Kenzie, Chaz Polochek, June Titlon, Bill Flores, Tompeet Frederiksen, Jack Joshua, Tyson Leonard, Bear Erickson, Jamie Ascenzo and more.

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The Solstice Session: CD

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REVIEW in ROOTS MUSIC REPORT Written by Mark Gallo (4 out of 4 Stars)

Michael On Fire makes it clear that this is not a double CD but two separate discs in one package. Call it what you will, the music herein is wholly captivating and intelligent song writing from a master craftsman. Twenty albums into a career that has taken him from Detroit to Los Angeles to Nashville, he has been produced in the past by Stephen Stills, has recorded at Muscle Shoals Studios, and he has performed and recorded as a solo artist and as a band leader. Of the two albums gathered here, The Solstice Session is a look at Michael on Fire right now and Tracks Along the Way is an overview of the past 25 years. Both are riveting looks at a modern troubadour. He sometimes seems to be John Lennon-inspired, but is clearly his own man. No One To Kill, from The Solstice Session, is a particularly powerful song on which he sings “We rang all the bells all over the Earth/We did what we could whatever that’s worth/We burned all the uniforms fire for heat/Ain’t no other sides. Ain’t no one to beat.” Call Off The Dogs (“Better think fast. Better beware/Keep Your Eyes Open. Better take care/Strong concentration. Deep Meditation/True Concentration. You get a bad reputation”) and Evening In the Everglades (“Spanish Pirates. Spanish Moss/Hope we find the treasure/Found some comfort from the storm, also found some pleasure”) are standouts from this first set. On the Tracks Along the Way disc are a couple of songs that have gained the status of classics from his legion of fans: I’ll Make You a Drum (“Will you make me a drum. Will you make me a drum/So I can make thunder and bring back the sun”) and Chief Redbird’s Violin (“I learned to play the fiddle on Chief Redbird’s violin/Only wish I could play like him/Never even met the man but I could feel his soul/Every time I held his violin). Healing Waters (“The healing waters of the Great Spirit/heal the pain”) and the anthemic Whatever Happened to America (“Whatever happened to the big front porch” and to the corner store, and drive in and the PTA and radio and farmers, etc.)are also standouts in a collection rife with brilliant songs. Much of the lyrical content of his material is related to the earth, often from the perspective of the Native Americans. All of it is stimulating. On both collections MOF surrounds himself with superb musicians and he plays acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards, harmonica, banjo, bass and drums. Along for the ride are saxophonist David Reinstein, a friend and musical compatriot dating back 40 years, Bill Flores (lap and steel guitar, accordion, mandolin and dobro), Bear Erickson (electric and baritone guitar ad fretless bass), Tompeet Fredericksen (drums), the highly revered Jim Pugh (keys), Jack Joshua (bass), Tyson Leonard (violin), Tobias (drums and percussion), Ced Curtis (electric guitar), Stevie Ray Davis (electric guitar)James Ascenzo (bass, drums, percussion), Todd Glass (drums) and Jack Dryden (bass). The degree of musicianship is equal to the writing of MOF. Two vital albums in one package. Highly recommended

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Healing Waters: CD
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Healing Waters: CD

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In the opening track of Healing Waters, Michael On Fire sings, “Yesterday is here tomorrow;” that line epitomizes the paradoxical character of the record. Taken as a whole, this 16-song collection belies comparison to other works and other artists, yet (paradoxically) each of the individual songs are reminiscent of other seminal artists who’ve influenced this music. It is a great melting pot of styles (Country Rock, blues, folk, jazz, swing, Americana, bluegrass, classic and old time rock and roll); yet, it is precisely that breadth and that range that keeps it from fitting comfortably into any one of the genres; for every comparison to Dylan there’s one to Dion, for every mention of Johnny Cash there’s a hint of John Lee Hooker; each nod to Knopfler has another to Neil Young, and for every Van Morrison there’s a Jim Morrison. On Healing Waters, Michael is accompanied by the band that has performed with him since 2012, including Bill Flores on pedal steel, accordion, dobro and mandolin; Bear Erickson on electric guitar, baritone guitar and bass guitar; Tyson Leonard on violin and Tompeet Fredriksen on drums and percussion. Included also are two duets with “the Carter Girl,” Carlene Carter. Despite such masterful accompaniment and collaboration, we also (paradoxically) get some of the most simple, honest, stripped down recordings to be found in MOF’s extensive discography, which includes 18 albums, more than 200 songs. Like anyone who does music for a living (full-time since the 1970s), Michael wants people to listen to and like his music, and yet (another paradox) he makes no effort to be accepted, or to conform or adhere to ... anything! ... rules, conventions, formulas or commercial considerations. He is a fiercely independent artist and while he loves people intensely, he could care less what people think or say. “Every day is a challenge to maintain our humanity and our dreams,” said Michael. “My job is to somehow gift the world with the courage it takes to follow one’s own heart and path; to play that magic chord in a way that I’ve never played it before, and somehow be of service to myself, my children, my family, my friends, my generation, and the people who truly need something beyond the obvious nonsense that we are all faced with on a daily basis.” As always with Michael on Fire, the lyrics are a profound component; the songs feature potent social and environmental commentary, spiritual ruminations and personal reflections, fused throughout with a ray of hope, which shines clearly in the final track: Somewhere on the Hudson River, I was heading south, staring out the window in a dream, Traveling into New York City, following my fortune, floating like a leaf upon a stream,Somewhere in the distance, I heard the voices singing, like an angel choir in the night, And I wonder where my life is going, wonder where my life is going, Something tells me things will be alright. Contact: Ron Colone 805.448.4208, ron@michaelonfire.com www.michaelonfire.com TRACK INFO ON

“With Healing Waters Michael has given us another beautifully crafted, passionate group of songs to nourish the soundtrack of our lives.” - Thomas Cox, Art Escape (Los Angeles, CA) “Always socially conscious, MoF tells it like it is (that’s his job.) MoF tells his tales as country, bluesy and spiritual rock songs with his perfectly gruff, been-there-done-that vocals. As a guy who has more albums than most musicians have songs in their set list, this one may be MoF’s best one yet.” - Bill Locey, Ventura County Star “Folk Music has come back with some deep soul searching songs and right at the foreront is Michael On Fire with a new album titled, Healing Waters, for indeed, music is what begins the healing process.” - Stewart Brennan, World United Music, Montreal, Canada “I do this to feel and to heal.” - Michael On Fire HEALING WATERS – TRACK INFORMATION 1. 11th Hour - Classic-sounding Americana rock; piano, electric guitar, lap steel, accordion, mandolin, bass and drums. Stories from the old neighborhood; every name is a real person. 2. 100 Years from Now – Social and environmental commentary; thumping, rocking 3. The Wind Still Blows – acoustic blues with great lyrics and doo-wop straight out of the early days of rock and roll. great dobro too 4. Get Out of the Way - a universal mantra for all of us - with great lyrics and Americana sound. Accordion and violin featured. 5. The Lost Sea – Americana Rock / Country Rock; The Lost Sea is in eastern Tennessee. This is a tale of an ancient Native American power / healing spot. 6. Be Gentle With This Body – Gentle beauty; acoustic, featuring dobro and pedal steel 7. Done This Dance Before - a duet with Carlene Carter and Michael On Fire. Michael’s acoustic homage to Danny Kirwan and Peter Green (a la early Fleetwood Mac) 8. Man of Free Will – Sassy solo acoustic blues with background vocals 9. Garden of Paradise - This one whoops it up! High-spirited Southern / Rock / Jig / Bluegrass / Mountain music with visionary lyrics 10. Whatever Happened to America – Classic / Americana / Country Rock featuring guitar, accordion, mandolin, violin. 11. I Don’t Love You Anymore – duet with Carlene Carter; Country Rock ballad 12. Healing Waters – Americana story song – Another Native American healing / power spot. / Gentle Country Rock (like Mark Knopfler), beautiful guitar and lyrics 13. Checking Out With You – Some sort of New Orleans, Big Band, Western Swing, honky tonk, what-the-hell raucous rocker. fast tempo, high energy. “ 14. I Didn’t Sell My Soul – solo acoustic with haunting pedal steel and poignant poetry 15. Please Don’t Leave – beautiful acoustic love song, Americana / Country with pedal steel 16. Things Will Be Alright – Americana / Country / Folk road song, storytelling lyrics Historical Bio Born and raised in Detroit, Michael was studying Music Theory and Composition at Wayne State University and performing original music (in the first wave of Country Rock) when he came to the attention of renowned Hall of Fame Producer Don Davis, who brought him in to work Soul and R&B sessions at Detroit’s United Sound, and then took him to record his tunes with the legendary Swampers rhythm section at Muscle Shoals Sound in Muscle Shoals, Ala.. After touring college campuses across the nation, Michael then turned in the direction of progressive jazz. He formed the group Prismatic, which performed throughout the Midwest and East Coast, 363 days a year for four years. The group put out a couple of studio albums and live concert recordings, but – like so many before them and since – fell prey to unscrupulous business dealings.Michael relocated to Los Angeles, where he attracted many of the town’s top players, and resumed performing nightly (under the name MOF), all original music, in a more rootsy Blues-Rock / Country Rock style. His first album was produced by Stephen Stills and Joe Vitale, and after the follow-up effort (Commanche Moon) made several critics’ Top 10 list, he began a period of relentless touring through every nook and cranny of the country; hundreds of dates a year for years on end. He is a lifelong musician, who continues to write, record, perform and tour. “Michael and I embarked on a voyage, a quest, a crusade in search of love and reason. All roads lead to others and each of us has the right to follow a path of choice. No matter which direction you choose, all roads can lead to your dreams, but if you don’t go you won’t get there. I tip my hat to Michael for being one of the few who traveled one road, drove straight ahead without making a rest stop.” - Jango Edwards, renowned Clown Nouveau and Founder of the International Festival of Fools

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