August 14, 2014
hello everyone !! hope this finds you well wherever you are as some of you will know i’m currently touring north america with my good friends the once and stu larsen . we’re only a week in and we’re having a wonderful time so far ! we flew in to atlanta and have been working our way up the east coast . i’m writing this backstage at summer stage in central park …. no big deal haha .
before the tour started we all got together to think of cool ways of documenting our travels and giving you guys a little insight in to what we’re up to .
we came up with this …..
every week (hopefully) we will be posting a little video of us all playing a cover song . the idea is that each song will in some way be linked to the place we’re playing in – for example it could be the artist/bands hometown or the song will reference the city in some way or it may have a personal story attached to it .
this first one is from nashville . its a song called angel from montgomery (confusing …) and its by one of my favourite artists of all time john prine .
the reason i chose this song is this ….
six or seven years ago i came to nashville for the first time to do some writing with people . it was good fun and a great learning experience but also a bit of a weird time as i didn’t really know any one so i found myself with time to kill .
i wanted to take advantage of being in nashville and so one (really really ) hot day i grabbed my guitar and decided that my mission was to meet john prine and play him some songs …. whether he liked it or not … god that sounds really creepy …..
i made several school boy errors . i didn’t bring a map or any sun block and i had completely underestimated the walk . i ended up spending the best part of three hours wandering around and getting very lost on music row .
when i finally turned up at john prines record label i was a sweaty and sunburnt mess but elated that i’d finally made it . i pressed the buzzer and to my disappointment found out that john was in chicago .
i still hope that i can one day meet john but for now this will have to do .
as always we rely on you guys entirely to like , comment and most importantly share the video if you can . thank you for taking the time to read and watch .
massive thanks to bryan dos reis for filming this so beautifully .
to simon kemp and russ matterson for capturing the audio so well .
to james scott for his wonderful lighting .
stu , the once , and a huge thanks to the marathon music works for being so accommodating .
loads of love . mike x