Weather the Storm
Biography: Singer/Songwriter John Michaels entered the folk/acoustic scene in the Washington D.C. area during the early 80's. A graduate of The Massachusetts Maritime Aademy, Michaels began playing as a solo act in various D.C. clubs performing his original material when he could, and putting in cover tunes 'whenever the 9 to 5 crowd became restless'. A strong desire to perform original material and the persistence to stay with this gameplan paid off, and soon Michaels along with other D.C. based performers was performing regularly at various D.C .establishments. Michaels could also be heard on occasional folk radio shows at Alexandria Virginia's Birchmere, and D.C.'s Four Provinces, hosted by popular Washington D.C. folk radio personality Dick Cerri. In 1985 Michaels released his first original cassette sampler entitled 'The Lowney Barn and Other Phenomena '. 'Lowney' as Michaels calls it, gained significant airplay in the D.C. area. With lessons and gains earned from this recording, Michaels began the planning for his first full scale album project. In 1987, Michaels returned to his native Massachusetts to begin the recording of 'Red Mill Road' a release on his own Raven Records label with national distribution by Alcazar Productions from Waterbury Vermont. With the release of 'Red Mill Road ' Michaels reputation and recognition as a singer/songwriter grew, and soon performances included openings for such acts as Greg Brown, Roger McGuinn, Rory Block, Christine Laven, Patty Larkin, Fred Small and Cheryl Wheeler. Michaels was featured in 1989 in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville Texas as one of 40 'New Folk' performers selected nationally. Other contributions by Michaels include a very successful Christmas folk cassette single entitled 'Christmastime in this Old Town ' and an original historical release, 'Dream of the Ages'. This composition is featured at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Herring Run Visitors Center in Bourne Massachusetts. Used in conjunction with an independently produced educational film, this museum presentation depicts the conception and construction of The Cape Cod Canal. John's very sucessful second album entitled 'Weather The Storm ' was released in November 1991 on the Local Folkel Record label Rochester, New York and re released in the spring of 1993 on Beacon Records from Salem New Hampshire with rave reviews. 'Inspiring...a die hard spirit ' 'Delightful'-- Dirty Linen Folk Magazine 'Michaels husky baritone is very effective...His vocal suggests James Taylor with a bit of grit' ... His childrens song 'Cowboy Bill' is Delightful -- The Quincy Patriot Ledger 'Michaels' Weather The Storm is the best album we've heard in a long time' -- Goose Acres; Folk Music Review, Cleveland Ohio 'One of the best emerging acoustic acts in New England' -- Boston's Hatch Shell Acoustic Series/Saltbox Productions.