Born in 1949 in Laramie, Wyoming, Michael grew up surrounded by the country music of the area and the rich musical traditions of the south cherished by his Mississippi mother. From the 1970's on he has traveled and played his music, to the delight of listeners from coast to coast, in concert halls, honky tonks, festivals & folk clubs.
His performances are salted with stories and humor from a life of cowboying, logging, hoboing and singing that delight and enthrall the listener. He is a song-writer of uncommon ability, his original songs stand with the best American folk poetry. Michael's guitar playing is skillful and inspired , full of the subleties and nuances of the old masters, as well as a lot of pure Michael Hurwitz.
Sing Out! 2003----
"Hurwitz sings in a friendly, warm baritone voice and plays guitar in a fluid fingerpicking style.His backup band are a very tastful lot and anything but aimless or drifting as they play wonderfully in traditional blues, folk, country and western swing styles. Half the songs are well-written originals by Hurwitz that blend seamlessly with the traditional pieces and roots classics. Highly recommended."
In 1994 noted folklorist and university lecturer David Lawson wrote:
"The really salient aspect of his singing resides in a natural, unschooled ability to merge with the song and draw the audience into it before they realize what is happening. He doesn't put himself out ahead of the song, but rather, into it with an easy brilliance few audiences can turn away from. No matter what he sings, whether of hardships, lost love or the pure joy of raising hell, there's a curious unmistakable irony in his voice which sounds like he wouldn't be too surprised if the world came to an end this very minute. The humor implicit in that irony tells you he knows it won't, most likely. Country-Blues singer, Michael Hurwitz, carries on a long tradition of earthy humor and deep commitment to the music. He does it his way and does a splendid job of it."
In 2002, renowned mandolinist and recording artist Ben Winship wrote:
"Mike Hurwitz likes old stuff. Whether it's his '53 Chevy truck, bamboo fishing pole, old books or model trains passed down from his grandfather, Mike is drawn to things with a little grit and history on them. The same holds true for his music.
'Course it's not all old. In fact, most of these songs were written by Mike. But somehow his new songs sound traditionally familiar, while simultaneously fresh. Driven by his deep, rich voice, Bunkhouse Blues travels smoothly from the Texas honkytonks to the Western prairie, by way of Louisiana and Woody Guthrie's lonesome railroad. Sit back and enjoy the ride."
Check out the artist's website:
1. Goin' Down t' Vicksburg
2. Little Stream of Whiskey
3. Lonesome Cajun Song
4. Old Broncbuster
5. Call Me
6. Dyin' Crapshooter's Blues
7. Pretty Boy Floyd
8. Mother of a Miner's Child
9. Little Bit Crazy
10. Dark as a Dungeon
11. When the Work's All Done