Presents a new album from
“Fear and Forgiveness”
Authenticity is a word often used to describe the music of New York born singer-songwriter/song stylist Michael Foley.
His new CD with the Michael Foley Trio “Eisenhower”, is a collection of great songs popular in the 1950’s and features Foley’s unique, evocative vocals coupled with his equally explosive and passionate guitar work.
“I’ve never had a long term goal in mind. Music has always been just what I do, like a traveler on a long journey.” And what a journey it’s been, from finger picking at folk festivals in the 60’s, as the front man for underground wunderkinds “Life on Earth” throughout the 70’s, singing for Calvin Simmons with the Oakland Symphony Chorus in the early 80’s, and eventually into the honky tonks of Northern California.
The intimate sound of the trio on “Eisenhower” is a marked departure from Foley’s 2006 tour de force recording “Fear and Forgiveness”.
“After we finished ‘Fear and Forgiveness’, I had a serious injury that forced me to slow down and reconsider everything. I put the trio together so I could focus on the songs I love that nobody I worked for would play”, says Foley who spend years working as a hired gun for all kinds of bands.
“I started out trying to play like Joan Baez and Dave Van Ronk”, who gets a special nod on the new CD with a terrific version of Bessie Smith’s “You’ve Been a Good Old Wagon.” “I’ve always wanted to be in a band where I could finger pick on one song and still get to play ‘Smoke Gets In our Eyes,’ one of my all time favorite songs.” He plays the song on “Eisenhower” and it’s a definite knock out.
Along with his stint at the symphony, Foley’s performed with scores of players in a multitude of genres from Gene Clark of the Byrds to Rock and Blues luminaries Mark Naftalin, Martin Fierro and Terry Haggerty as well as opening shows for acts as diverse as the Greenbriar Boys, Eddie Money, Johnny Paycheck, George Strait, and Jessie Colin Young. He recently performed as “The Foley Boys”, a folk duo with his brother, former Byrds alum John York, at the West Fest in Golden Gate Park.
The enigmatic Foley is one of those musicians who doesn’t fit easily into a box. “I don’t have a favorite kind of music. It’s all about the songs for me, it doesn’t matter where they come from.”
So what’s next for the multi-talented singer/guitarist? A Foley Boys CD with brother John is in the works and a complete discography including recordings by Life on Earth will soon be available on the internet at michaelfoleymusic.com and live performances can be seen on youtube.com/michaelfoleymusic.