Michael Verity is a writer, photographer and producer based in Portland, OR. He's regular contributor to Relix, American Songwriter, Country Standard Time and Bluegrass Situation, among others.
He also produces an hour long radio program called Michael Verity's American Music.
He lives on a farm with his wife, two cats, three kids, four dogs and several thousand albums that never seem to find their way into alphabetical order.
See his portfolio at MichaelVerity.com.
This record can be summed up with five words: "Def Leppard with a banjo."
Replace the leather pants and motorcycle boots with scuffed up Romeos and roughed up jeans and you've transformed England's most successful arena rockers into America's new favorite arena twangers. Switch the Flying V's with mandolins, cover British accents with country twang and replace the girls with big hair with girls with big ( ) and you've got yourself a formula for hit records and sold out…Continue
Posted on April 20, 2013 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments
Well, after cleaning the house, mowing the lawn and dropping the kids at their various Saturday night functions, I dropped in on the used record shop downtown. Got to spend a whole hour there, believe it or not.
Listened to Gerald Wilson and Gary Burton and Long John Baldry but ended up buying Mason Proffitt's "Movin' Toward Happiness," which was lost from my collection many years back. The best country band the masses have never heard of...
Posted on April 20, 2013 at 7:30pm
With just three months 0f 2013 in the history books, it's shaping up to be a quality year for Americana records. Here are my picks for the Top 10 Records of the Year (So Far).
10. Bobby Bare - Darker Than Light
Bare's first album in seven years is a collection of 16 songs drawn from a list he's kept for the better part of his 50 year career. There are murder ballads, songs of the sea, interpretations of rare classics and readings from the rock and roll songbook. The…Continue
Posted on April 17, 2013 at 2:00pm — 10 Comments
The difference between good and bad country music usually comes down to how the story's told. Bad country songwriters deal with all the standard themes - lost dogs, cheatin' wives, worrisome fluctuations in the GDP - like a condescending sixth grade teacher: see Jack lose his low-paying factory job, see Jack lose hope, see Jack open a meth lab, see Jack carted away to do 10 in the pen while his "pritty little daughter" stands by watching. Good country music writers tell the same…Continue
Posted on January 1, 2013 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments