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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
Directed and Produced by Bryan Dos Reis
Recorded at Marathon Music Works, Nashville, USA
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