Long time, no see! I'd like to think that there's a good reason for my lack of posts of late, but there really isn't. After all, we're all busy, aren't we?
Anyhow, a quick update from me about…Read more
Check out Michael's weekly livestreams, occurring Every Thursday at 7:00pm Central (US) on the IG (@MichaelLawsonOfficial). He'll play songs from Champions, Captain Americana, Side 2, and his forthcoming record to be recorded later this Fall.
Here's what Jeff Burger from Americana Highways said about Michael's Debut EP, Side 2:
"You might expect a musician to be overflowing with material after a decade-and-a-half hiatus from songwriting, but Alabama-based Michael Lawson has returned to his craft with a mere five-song, 20-minute EP. Take what you can get, however, because this self-produced collection is excellent. Lawson and his band deliver hook-laden power pop that recalls Dwight Twilley (a high compliment); you may also hear echoes of Tom Petty in the vocals and George Harrison in some of the guitar work.
Lawson reveals on his website that his 20-year marriage ended not long ago and says, “I turned to music to help me pass the time and to cope with the sense of loss that I was feeling.” A few of the titles here, such as “Life Goes On (Movin’ On),” hint at those circumstances but the music mostly belies them: these are upbeat, anthemic songs, peppered with ringing guitars and “sha la la” choruses that may prompt you to turn up the volume to the point where neighbors complain.
SO YOU WANT MORE?
Check out this great review of Side 2 by British Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Cackett!