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Welcome to the Michael McNevin page for touring, recordings, songwriting, aka Mudpuddle Music. Mudpuddle Music covers the touring and recording and songwriting side of life - scroll down a few paragraphs for a list of upcoming shows in 2016.
Get Muddy ~ Michael.
Hello NoCal, SoCal, Mountaineers, Flat Landers, East and West Bay Area friends. Lotta gigs coming up near and far in the Golden State - Scroll this single changing list of many or a few, as the priorities and dates move along through the seasons.
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Jack Williams - Thursday Oct 20th, 2016, 7:30 (soft start) at The Mudpuddle Shop in downtown Niles. I don't quite know how to describe how good Jack is. A joy to hear him pick a few tunes around a Texas campfire, or hear him stretch out at a club for an hour or two. From South Carolina, downhome, unusually gifted, effortless, playful, creative style all his own. Songwriters put Jack in that "writer's writer" and "player's player" category, on an endless life long tour. Don't miss him. Limited seating, it might sell out, RSVP early if you can. Walkups welcome to any open seats at showtime. RSVP at email@example.com or MSG McNevin on FB. RSVP/Share/Invite to the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1608156129478928
On Sunday afternoon Oct 23rd in Niles, the satirical Mud is going to fly, and puppets will dance in it. Mudpuddle Shop Show & Jam featuring songwriter and comic Eric Schwartz, and puppeteer/puppet maker Niki Ulehla, plus McNevin and Los Horribles. Rotating sets by the featured artsits amid the song swapping and socializing. Loose and muddy, 2pm soft start, may go as late as 6pm? FYI - If Jack and Eric were movies, Jack would be Tender Mercies and Eric would be Pulp Fiction. Expect satire, comedy, hilarious and at times provocative material. Leave the kids at home, and leave your political and religious sensitivities at the door. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or MSG McNevin on FB. https://www.facebook.com/events/352381251819441
Tues Oct 11th 7-9pm. Fremont CA. The Mupuddle Shop2nd Tuesday Songwriter Group 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA NO Rsvp required, just show up. Songwriters bring a half-written song, listen to other works in progress, generate new ideas for new songs.
Oct 24-30 Stanley, ID. Private Songwriter Retreat. No more room.
Sat Nov 5th. Carpinteria, CA. Palm Loft Gallery. McNevin Feature set plus Open Mic hosted by artist/songwriter writer pal Arturo Tello. 410 Palm Ave Carpinteria, CA 93013 (loft # A-1.) www.palmloft.com/art-events.html
Nov 10-13. Harbor Springs, MI. At The Birchwood Inn. "Lamb's Songwriter Retreat" Lead by John Lamb, McNevin & others teach an intimate songwriting camp at the tip-top of Michigan. Staff: Michael Smith, Ronny Cox, Sally Barris, Whit Hill, Rachel Garlin, Michael McNevin. www.springfed.org
Good news, facts, and reflections.
I have some booking help in the personage of Ximena Dussan. She's based in South Pasadena, works closely with songwriting buddy Brad Colerick at "Deepmix". As an indie artist, it's great to have a little help - thank you agent X. If you're reading this and have an inkling to book me somewhere, contact me or contact Ximena - (310) 663-0947 Ximena at deepmix dot com, or info at michaelmcnevin dot com.
2015 was a blast. Played a boatload of music festivals - Kerrville, Strawberry, Redwood Ramble, High Sierra, American River Music Fest to name a few. One of the most enjoyable festival seasons ever. Also got to tour Denmark and Sweden - an amazing trip, unforgettable places, and beautiful people - the DK and SE songwriters there really went above and beyond to make the trip wonderful and fruitful. Also made it back to Texas a few times, the stomping grounds of so many good music times over the last 25 years. Gigged California a bunch of course too, tip to tail.
It's a joy to get on the road, but it takes concerts to get on it. I've been playing a lot locally with side players in "The Spokes", but also, an easy and fun way to survive and thrive are the house concerts. They happen all over the US and abroad, and can be added to the gig list at any time by you or someone you know with a decent sized living room, garage, yard, barn, or clubhouse. Want to host one? Write me or Ximena to spark one up.
In between tours I host occasional Mudpuddle Shop concerts, song swaps, jams, workshops, and poker games. For 10 years now, some pretty magical stuff been going on inside this shoebox of a place. The Mudpuddle Shop is a small 15x15 shack in the front yard of a Victorian house on Niles Blvd. It seats 30 bodies and a dog. The shop events don't always get listed on this site. To best keep up on shop shenanigans, visit my personal Facebook page and "Friend" me. Then watch for the Mudpuddle Shop events as they show up on the FB wall. Here's my Facebook Page address. www.facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic