Michael & Friends in Concert. This Live Performance CD features Michael , Tony Williamson and Robbie Link with the addition of Mike Willis on Harp and Vibraphone. Michael plays Guitars, Banjo, and Dobro. Guests include Bob Goodwin on Guitar, Frank Harrison on Mandolin, and Jim Jett, Bob Goodwin, Hardy Williamson and Dan Wolber on Guitars.
Enjoy this Jazzy-Ragtime Feast!
Classically trained by Jesus Silva, a student of Andres Segovia; and as UNC-Chapel Hill's first guitar major, Michael's affection for music of older worlds and times would lead him far from his native home. The Sleepy Gypsy showcases what is both a departure from the familiar and a return to his creative source: musical sketches from his land of dreamy dreams.
In another decade the gypsy would be walking the streets of New Orleans, waiting to board a three year stint on the Mississippi Queen Riverboat. This confluence of influence is magically evident in the choruses of "Sweet Lorraine" where the whole band goes to work on a single guitar. And even further south, after excursions into the islands and across the Gulf of Mexico, the eclectic journey continues with an Afro-Cuban lullaby and folk songs that bring us rich tonalities from other latitudes--refreshing attitudes. Hey Paracho Joe, what are you doing with that guitar in your hand?
… And when night falls, who knows where the gypsy sleeps?
But when he awakes…
Be on the lookout for the upcoming Cd release “Blue Cedar Dreams” by Michael Thompson w/ accompanist & collaborator Mike Willis on keyboards, vibes, & percussion.
This Cd of 12 pre-Civil War Era songs was produced by Michael for the Theater Production of "Thomas Day in Milton" written & directed by Fred Motley.(see photo on Cd cover). Michael served as music director for this project. Accompanists on these Tunes included:piano-man John Akerman, Mike Willis on Harp; as well as Dan Wolber & Arley Ivey on Maple Leaf Rag. Michael plays guitar, banjo & dobro on these tunes.
Check out The Thomas Day Files!
& Mike Willis
Composed by Leo Brouwer
Michael's award winning Solo Guitar piece from the 50th Anniversary Union Grove World Championship Old Time Fiddler's Convention - Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag "
The FarmJazz BANJO PRIMER I and now Banjo Primer II is the long awaited, (and most requested), publication by FarmJazz custodian Michael Thompson. This 2-CD- along w/ Banjo-Tablature Booklet-Set is the “answer to a prayer” for banjo students everywhere. Primer I contains 10 of the most popular bluegrass banjo tunes presented initially “at the snail’s pace”; and then several more times; each a “little-bit” faster than the previous version. And then finally, Michael plays the song at “performance-tempo” and accompanies himself on guitar. Songs included are: Cripple Creek, Cumberland Gap, Old Joe Clark, Foggy Mtn. Breakdown, Lonesome Road Blues, Devils Dream, Home Sweet Home, Lonesome Reuben, Duelin’ Banjoes, Groundspeed. This “must-have” learning tool is available through Michael for $50 @ I; II on his farmjazz.com website; at The Kirby Cultural Arts Complex; or personally through Michael himself. FarmJazz Primer II continues in same format w/ additional Tunes: Eighth of January, Grandfathers Clock, Nashville Blues, John Hardy, Devil’s Dream, Bluegrass Breakdown, Blackberry Blossom, & more.
This Cd features the late Blues-man Paul Roberts and Michael laying down some tasty "Orleans-Style' duos. In addition, Michael presents 5 new solo arrangements. A cool mix of jazz, blues & ragtime all with Michael's signature "Spanish-Flair".
Warm up your Holidays with this classy collection of Seasonal Instrumentals. Tony Williamson on Mandolin, Robbie Link on Bass, and Michael on Guitar. Produced by Tony w/ Tim Austin at Doobie Shea Studios. www.doobieshea.com
SWINGIN' CHRISTMAS FUN !
All Cd's are available for purchase. Simply contact: michael @farmjazz.com Let me know how to reach you & I'll be happy to give you a call & we can set up delivery & cost. I look forward to hearing from you !
While looking for some boot-socks in a drawer I discovered a bag with 4-cassette tapes labeled "1,2,3,4". Hhmm...What a surprise when I found it was 4 sets of "live-recorded" classic Dixie Jazz tunes by the quartet I was running the year prior to my Riverboat sojourn, while Visiting Artist at Forsyth Technical Community College. I picked out 80 minutes of these goodies that we played one evening while gigging at "Michael's Restaurant" in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. Many thanks to Bob, Hugh, & Dick for contributing their great talents to this historic project; also to Jess & Don for recording it.