John's band, The John Michaels Group, while performing at a number of performances during the past years, were quiet on the recording front.
This sometimes bittersweet and more heavily country/americana influenced album is a strong return to the recording studio from this popular New England act.
The album contains songs close to Michaels own life's experiences. The song "Selling The Town" tells of the loss of historic structures and traditions due to overzealous building development. A lover of history, John's song "A Red Kings Rebellion" chronicles the New England King Philip War of the 1670's.
Songs like "A Hero Everyday" and "I'll Remember You" are personal tributes to John's mother who recently passed away.
John refuses to provide a sound that is capable of being labled which is in itself, HIS style. A blend of Folk/Country and sometimes blues, fans of any musical style are drawn into this mainstream sound that has been likened to the names such as Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor and some country bands also!
"Inspiring...a die hard spirit." "Delightful."-- Dirty Linen Folk Magazine
"Michaels husky baritone is very effective...His vocal suggests James Taylor with a bit of grit." ... "His childrens' song, 'Cowboy Bill,' is Delightful" -- The Quincy Patriot Ledger
"Michaels' Weather The Storm is the best album we've heard in a long time." -- Goose Acres; Folk Music Review, Cleveland Ohio
"One of the best emerging acoustic acts in New England." -- Boston's Hatch Shell Acoustic Series/Saltbox Productions
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1. A Five Piece Band
2. I Know Better Now
3. A Road Not Taken
4. Selling the Town
5. A Song For a Winters Night
6. We're Going Out Tonight
7. Tommy's Homemade Beer
8. A Hero... Every Day
9. Christmastime in This Old Town
10. And the Band Played On
11. A Red Kings Rebellion (the King Philip War)
12. Red Mill Road (revisited)
13. Dreaming of You
14. A Friend of All (j.r.allen 1859-1912)
15. I'll Remember You