Hi Folks, back in January I was unplugged and on the radio in NEPA, as in Northeast PA. Now it's available everywhere! I hope you enjoy it. http://www.wvia.org/blogs/homegrown-music-sessions/john-michael-hersey/
I had the great honor of playing the evil Warden Whalen in the La Mama production of Tennessee Williams' Not About Nightingales a couple of years ago, estimably directed by Zishan Ugurlu. Here's a few scenes!
Singer/Songwriter John Michael Hersey’s mines his archives for his new album
NEW YORK, NY – September 2017 FIFTEEN YEARS is a selection of previously unreleased recordings from 1986 to 2001 highlighting John Michael Hersey’s ever-evolving artistic voice and featuring collaborations with many outstanding songwriters and musicians.
“Like a Vagabond” and “Magic, Magic” were recorded in 1986 at NYU and feature Katherine Bescherer on guitar and vocals, Kurt Gundersen on bass, Dore Abrams on piano and Adam Weber on drums. “Strange, Strange Sea,” (co-written with John Carney and Michael Vassaras) “The Color of My Skin” and “Here in the Middle” (co-written with Vassaras) were recorded at Harold Desau Recording in NYC in 1988 and feature Peter Millrose on keyboards, Al Cohen on bass and Tass Filipos on drums. “The Storm Sometimes,” “Brave New Man” and “Time’s Arrow” were recorded at Waterfront Studios in Hoboken, NJ in 1991 and feature Millrose on keyboards, Randy Gilmore on sax, Darren Solomon on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums. “One Track Mind,” (co-written with David Sykes and William “Prez” Tyus) “Clowns Cry Too,” “You Don’t Care,” (both co-written with Tyus) “Another Night,” (co-written with Sykes and Tyus) “The Skin I’m In” (co-written with Jack Kolkmeyer and Tyus) and “One” (co-written with Sykes and Tyus) were recorded at DSP in NYC between 1999 and 2001 and feature David Sykes on keyboards, Bob DesJardins on bass and John DiGiulio on drums.
The front cover photo was taken by Georgia Popplewell and the back cover photo by Ettore Toppi. All tracks were mastered by Rich Gaglia.
Hersey has released seven other albums of original material: Soup Du Jour (1999), Whirligig (2003), Mr. Lucky [with Speedo and the Cadillacs] (2004), How Am I Here? (2007), Adirondack (2014), You Got to Me (2016) and Personal Belongings (2017).
Also, every Saturday night this summer starting next Saturday night, May 27th from 7 to 10pm I'll be performing with the group Tokyo Rose at The Winery at St. George in Mohegan Lake, NY. Check out their links:
NEW YORK, NY – March 2017 Hersey releases PERSONAL BELONGINGS, an artful array of rock, pop, blues, folk and country.
Hersey runs the seasoned adult alternative singer/songwriter gamut: From the confessional pop/rock of “Get Through,“ and “All My Life;” the folk autobiography of “Gig in the Street,” the soulful blues of “When It Rains,” “Hole in the My Heart” and “La Dolce Blues;” the poignant doo-wop of “Trying Times;” the straight ahead rockers “Junior” and “A Little Lovin’;” the tender ballad “Lady of the Day;” the country two-step “The Beaten Path;” and the Irish folk-flavored “Reachin’.”
Hersey has released six other albums of original material: Soup Du Jour (1999), Whirligig (2003), Mr. Lucky [with Speedo and the Cadillacs] (2004), How Am I Here? (2007), Adirondack (2014) [“raw, hard, observant and thought provoking” folkwords.com], and You Got to Me, [“a timeless take on pop music" beachsloth.com].
Hersey wrote, produced, sang and played the guitar. The album was co-produced and recorded by Rich Gaglia at Psych Musicin New York City. Bob Desjardins played bass, John DiGiulio drums and percussion, Jim Wacker keyboards and Jonathan Finkelman lead guitar.