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Michael Weiskopf - "Lost in Amerika"
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Contact: Michael Weiskopf - 646-206-7683
Blue Highway Insomnia Music
mmddw@hotmail.com

This is my fourth album of mostly original material. My objective as in the first three was to create a work that has a concept and so the songs have a common theme in that they are mostly all "story songs" so the title is "Lost in "AmeriKa - 9 1/2 Stories". I realize that it is a lot to ask a listener to give the work the kind of active listening required to appreciate what i am trying to say with this work but i think the reward is there in the lyrics and music.

although i have classified the album as Americana, there are elements of Folk, Rock, Blues and Jazz in these songs. I was privileged to work with some of the finest musicians and engineers in Miami recording at Criteria Studios, The new state of the art studio at Frost School and at Perfect Sky Music in Coral Gables. The album features supporting work from Steve Rucker, Matt Bonelli and Hal Roland all of who toured with the Bee Gees for a dozen or more years. Damian Sanchez on Saxaphone and Clarinet and my co-producer Steve Bass on several tracks as well as writing a song for me to do on this project. Other musicians that traveled to Florida to help me are my NY band mates, Klyph Black and Randolph Hudson both of whom are very much present on my other three albums. Thanks for reading this far into the story. i hope you dig the tracks.

Coming of age in the 60s was a lucky break. It was a turbulent time that was transformational not only to my world view but also in lifting the gates on the limitations and fears on which many of us were raised.

For me, the music of the time was the doorway to my liberation. It began with access to R&B, the Motown explosion, and then the Folk world which was expressed in the voices of Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Lightening Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Jack Elliott, Phil Ochs, Tom Rush, Joan Baez. The marriage of Country to Blues to Folk and ultimately Rock and the "British Invasion" made those who tried to define popular music by segment seem out of touch. As these definitions began to blur, so did the barriers between people begin to break down. It was a time of turbulent change that tore down the laws that permitted segregation, dared us to challenge convention, and forced us to question a government that pursued a war which seemed wrong to many of us being told that we had to fight it. I was never content to just listen; I wanted to learn how to express myself with music as my language.

I began learning the guitar and writing songs when I was a kid, but then I put it on hold for many years. Returning to it several years ago, I now spend most of my time writing and recording songs. In this context, it is fair to say that my first CD, Insomnia, was decades in the making. The next one will not take as long.

In addition to my solo work, I am the lead singer of The Complete Unknowns, a band that celebrates the catalog of Bob Dylan. Virtuoso guitarist Randolph Hudson III is a co-founder of the band, and we have been performing for the past five years. I have also been a member of The Lost Keys and The Psychedelic Summer. Both bands celebrate the music of the 60s.

Thanks for visiting my website. Hope you dig the tunes.





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