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MICHAEL POWERS, mentored by Jimmy Reed and a family of southern, porch-bluesmen, spent his (1960's) high school summers touring as part of James Cotton's Band. Influenced by the British Blues invasion & Jimi Hendrix, he formed a huge following while leading his cult band “Moonbeam” & as part of New York's most famous clubs: Great Gildersleeves, Manny's Car Wash, Maxx' Kansas City, The Ritz & CBGB... Currently a regular performer on Bleecker St. at Terra Blues. Arranger, Bandleader, Composer, Guitarist, Vocalist Hendrix Tributes, multi-genre, solo, duo or trio+: POWERS is ALWAYS a Festival Favorite! In 2004 MICHAEL POWERS signs with Baryon Records and releases the ONYX ROOT CD in 2005 which garners two W.C...
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5x Memphis Blues Music Award Nominee Inductee: New York Blues Hall of Fame PRODIGAL SON : pre-Grammy Nomination consideration Tribute Shows now worldwide reknown: http://www.michaelpowers.com/tributeshows.htm
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Jim Santella ALL ABOUT JAZZ Prodigal Son CD www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=23311&recommended=1 Review of 2007 PRODIGAL SON CD by singer, songwriter, guitarist MICHAEL POWERS in New York (Baryon Records)

musicspectrum.org/2011/10/21/everyone-in-the-same-room-the- spirit-showing-up-as-michael-powers-looks-for-the-truth/ In December, Powers will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame as part of the Local Blues Talent of New York. Such an induction recognizes the 40 years that Powers has contributed his talents to the blues world. Being first influenced by the porch blues of the South, but then later lapping up all of the British blues rock bands, Powers brings his wide-ranging talents to two New York City residencies: an acoustic show each Mondays and a full-on electric band show on Fridays. That is, when Powers isn???t traveling to blues festivals and shows around the globe... Benjamin C. Squires

BOSTON BLUES SOCIETY www.bostonblues.com/features.php?key=cdPowers-Prodigal If outrageous blues guitar is your thing, if the electric Delta blues Jimi Hendrix played fires your soul - but if you also appreciate the humble tones of acoustic guitar - you need to check out Michael Powers. His first record, Onyx Root, was released in 2004 and received two Blues Music Award nominations, including contemporary blues album of the year.

www.deltaculturalcenter.com/press-room/detail.aspx?prid=177 WEST HELENA -- Michael Powers, nominated for three 2007 Blues Music Awards, will perform a free concert on the Mississippi River levee in historic downtown Helena-West Helena on Friday, May 11, at the Delta Cultural Center's Cherry Street Pavilion. Michael Powers also donated personal, autographed items to the Museum.

Article: Once Again, Michael Powers Outlasts Them All www.StaticandFeedback.com/Music/0408mpow.html By Joshua Lieberson, STATIC and FEEDBACK Correspondent

REGIS GAUDIN-France, Review POWERS' 2011 CD REVOLUTIONARY BOOGIE www.myheadisajukebox.blogspot.fr/2012/08/michael- powers-revolutionary-boogie.html REMARKABLE

www.yeniaktuel.com.tr/hft-21000604-119,72@2100.html Michael Powers, ki kendisi daha okul yıllarında ilk grubu RB ZigZags'i kurmuştu, aralarında Everly Brothers, Kool&The Gang, The Box Tops ve Richie Havens'ın bulunduğu

Web.de Musik, Prodigal Son CD review, Von Kati Hofacker www.magazine.web.de/de/themen/musik/neu-auf-cd/3706524.html Nachdem Moonbeam zerbrochen waren, schlug sich Powers alleine durch, seine Kennisse als E- und akustischer Gitarrist waren zwar bemerkenswert, aber auch hier blieb ihm der gro

"Michael’s collaboration with the ZOHO label started in 2010 when he provided two stand-out instrumental tracks to ZOHO’s  J J Cale CD project (“Tribute to J J Cale – The Instrumental Sessions”, ZOHO ROOTS ZM 201008).  With Revolutionary Boogie, Michael presents his first full length CD recording for the label, with eclectic choices of covers and originals, cutting across several Blues, Classic Rock and Americana genres. “This is how music should be, no one should be restricted to a category”, he comments. Michael sings on his original I Miss Your Kissin’.  Guest pianist is the 9 x WC Handy “Best Blues Instrumentalist-Piano” Award nominee Henry Butler from New Orleans. Though blinded by glaucoma since birth, Butler is a pianist of incredible musical diversity, reflecting the exciting cross-cultural gumbo of his New Orleans birthplace. Astonishingly, he is also a world-class photographer, with his work displayed in exhibitions across the U.S. - Backing Michael on vocals is the sweet, melodic Angel Rose, and bassist Charlie Torres adds congas. Michael’s originals Bleecker Street Strut, Uprising, and the title track Revolutionary Boogie let loose his take-no-prisoners rock‘n roll, featuring who’s-who guests Charlie Torres on bass and Neil Burton on drums. The originals Got’s To Go, Power of Midnight Lightnin’ and Lookin’ for the Truth feature the powerhouse mainstays of the Michael Powers Frequency Band, consisting of the steady-force of Barry Harrison, drums and Billy Cristiani, bass. They perform regularly with Michael at Manhattan’s Terra Blues Club. Power of Midnight Lightnin’ is a stormy love song which features guest pianist John Colianni, formerly with Lionel Hampton & Mel Torme and currently with the Les Paul Trio. Colianni’s style has been described as reminiscent of the great Art Tatum. Playing rhythm, lead and bass simultaneously, sometimes using his rings, Michael’s live show spans from Muddy Waters to Jimi Hendrix, as he regularly plays tributes to both.  He covers Hendrix’s Spanish Castle Magic this time, recorded at Brent & Gig Lizzy’s 30 Below Studio in New York, who also mixed this song. The gifted 2x Grammy nominee Angel Rose is also featured on It’s About That Time, to which she contributed lyrics and vocals.  Rose proves up to the task, with all of her octaves a perfect match for Michael’s outrageous guitar and Neil Burton’s dynamic drums rollin’ & a’tumblin’. Producer Eric R. Durham, like his late iconic dad Eddie Durham (composer and arranger for Glenn Miller and Count Basie), shows he’s a seasoned arranger.  This is the first time Michael has featured another lead vocalist, or an arranger, on any of his recordings.   With the three classic Blues covers Honeybee, I Ain’t Superstitious, and Shake Your Moneymaker, Michael pays tribute to the three giants of the Blues world Muddy Waters, Bill Dixon, and Elmore James, respectively. They were recorded at Checkerboard Zebra Studios in Maui, Hawaii in May 2009. They were organized, co-produced, mixed and mastered by KEAO-LP Mana’o radio personality & bassist Uncle Don Lopez, with Miguel Sobel, percussion, and Paul Marchetti, drums.  This trio performed live with Michael in Maui.  Mana’o means “sharing thoughts, ideas, opinions”.  Michael sings Lookin’ for the Truth, a rock-folk song about youth, with Angel Rose in vocal unison, a technique inspired by the Rolling Stones’ anthemic “Gimmie Shelter”.  Got’s to Go (Rose’ lyrics) recants the irony of being in love as a traveling performer. The song returns in a fiery instrumental version called Gotta Go Right Now, as a bonus track at the end of the album. Producer Eric R. Durham (Brooklyn) composed, performed, toured & recorded as guitarist with Ben E. King, Cameo, etc. His Studio One produced Michael Powers’ contribution to ZOHO’s J J Cale project.  On this CD, Durham produces nine and mixes eight songs, adding horns, organ fills, rhythm guitar and sound effects. He is co-writer of the song Uprising.  Eric’s first rate production and arrangement skills significantly contribute to the success of Revolutionary Boogie." written by Topsy M. Durham

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