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Drummer/vocalist Ed Michaels was born and raised in Rochester, MN and began playing professionally at 13. After performing in several bands, Ed got a gig with Muddy Waters’ harmonica player, George “Mojo” Buford and worked around the Twin Cities. When West Coast Bluesman, Ron Thompson came through town, he offered Ed a job after Ed sat in with his band; resulting in an extended tour throughout the U.S. and Canada, with an invitation to move to the Bay area.
The thriving San
Francisco music scene presented the opportunity for Ed to work with Roy
Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings, Marty Balin (from the Jefferson
Airplane), Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Harvey Mandel,
The Russell Brothers, 707, Jeff Pilson, Brian Marnell, Rick Derringer,
Davey Pattison, Chicken Coupe DeVille, Bill Kirchen, Carlos Guitarlos
with Marcy Levy (who co-wrote “Lay Down Sally”), Luther Tucker,
Mark Naftalin, Johnny Nitro, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Eddie Turner, Kenny
Passarelli, John Cipollina, Doyle Bramhall, Stu Blank, Jo Baker, Annie
Sampson, Lady Bianca, David Jacob-Strain, Pete Sears, Mark Karan, Steve
Kimock, Martin Fierro, Landsdale Station, Lethal Gospel, Dracula
Milktoast, among others.
In addition, Ed performed at the Montreux, North Sea and Montreal Jazz Festivals, The Pistoia, Rawa, San Remo, Kongsberg, Moulin, Cognac Blues Passions, and Byron Bay Blues Festivals, as well as The Johnstown Folk Fest. He’s backed up guest musicians such as Bonnie Raitt at The Hollywood Bowl, Robert Plant, Derek Trucks, Boz Skaggs, Hubert Sumlin, George Thorogood, Buddy Miles, Charlie Pride, Steve Cropper, Ted Nugent, Jim McCarty, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted (Metalica), Neil Schon from Journey, Norton Buffalo, Angela Stehli, Nick Moss, Canned Heat with Larry Taylor, Tommy Castro, Billy Branch, Freddie Roulette and Bob Margolin.
Ed recorded and toured extensively with Grammy Winner Alvin Youngblood Hart, including a world tour with the band Job Cain, which included Alvin, Audley Freed and Robert Kearns; with dates in Europe, The UK and The Byron Bay Blues Fest in Australia. The band recorded Alvin’s CD “Motivational Speaker” in Memphis.
In Phoenix, AZ., Ed joined the Bluestone Project with special guest, John Densmore of “The Doors”; recording a CD for Native American Label, Canyon Records, with musicians Aaron White and Gary Rasmussen. The group performed at The Mother Earth Festival in The Grand Canyon, The Navajo Festival in Flagstaff, The Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival and as guest artists with The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.
Ed was recruited by harmonica virtuoso, Jason Ricci and New Blood and toured 2 years nationally and internationally, including the Moulin Blues Fest in the Netherlands, Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, Mt. Baker Blues Fest and The Blues from the Top Festival, etc. The band recorded the album, “Done with the Devil” in Nashville.” Ed wrote and sang the song “Keep the Wolf from my Door ” on the record which became a Pick to Click Hit on BB King’s Bluesville radio show on Sirius XM; receiving worldwide airplay. Consequently, the CD was nominated for a BMA Award for Best Rock Blues Album.
Recently, Ed toured and recorded with blues/rocker Pinecone Fletcher (A Guitar Center National Blues Finalist). Appearances included The 2015 Chenango Blues Festival and west coast dates. Ed also gigged with Memphis based blues harmonica ace, Brandon Santini, playing clubs and festivals, including The White Mountain Blues and Boogie Festival in New Hampshire. Ed played the 20015 Alexander Bay Blues Festival and backed country music legend Charlie Pride in Binghamton, NY.
“Rough and Lovely,” Ed’s acoustic duo, won WSRK FM 103.9 Music video Contest for their song, “Afterthought,” sung by Ed; resulting in an opening concert slot with the international band, Sick Puppies.