GERMAN REVIEW OF A WONDROUS LIFE
”Here Mickelson demonstrates above all that he refuses the musical routine and uses his experience to persistently search for his own musical expression - instead of looking like his many colleagues in technically perfectly orchestrated, genre-conforming schemes salvation. The result is a fascinating mix of Americana sentiment and musical and production experiments that lead to that Mickelson's roots as an Americana-songwriter are just about to make their mark, but otherwise an absolutely unusual mix of New Wave, Folk and Power Pop elements surprises and captivates the listener’ - Gaesteliste
NO DEPRESSION READERS POLL
A Wondrous Life included in the 2018 No Depression Reader’s Poll. Feel free to cast your vote here.
A WONDROUS LIFE RELEASED IN EUROPE.
Here’s a review at RockTimes.
MICKELSON PRODUCING NEW BENEFIT COMPILATION
I was honored to be asked to produce a benefit compilation record for the “Blanket The Homeless” organization who gives supplies and aid directly to those living on the street. 100% of the proceeds from the record and live shows will go to Blanket The Homeless. This roster includes: Fantastic Negrito, Con Brio, Brothers Comatose, The Stone Foxes, John Craigie, Tim Bluhm, Mickelson, King Dream, Tobias The Owl, Rainbow Girls, Whiskerman, Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra. Sessions are already underway…
SUMMER TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
MAGNET MAGAZINE - I was invited to create a virtual “Mixtape” for Magnet Magazine.
VENTS MAGAZINE - Interesting interview I did with Vents Magazine regarding the new record.
NO DEPRESSION “A Wondrous Life” MAGAZINE
I call it anthemic when a band or chorus hits all the notes just right and the sound becomes bigger than it should be and Mickelson hits it often enough on this album to make it worthy of the highest of recommendations. Each song makes its own point, from the spot-on harmonies of “Plastic, Vinyl & Leather”, the far-from-the-verse chorus of “Hail Marys” with its 'ditch the iPhone' step away from the modern world, the inserted brassy guitar on “Guard Dog”, the semi-jam ending of “When I Paint My Halo Gold”. (full review)
NEW NOISE MAGAZINE
A Wondrous Life premiere.
Great newspaper article on the “After The Fire: Vol. 1” benefit and compilation shows I produced.
Currently streaming “Plastic, Vinyl & Leather” - new single
“A powerfully anthemic single that finds the balance between strong, subtle, unexpected, and sophisticated. ”
“Plastic, Vinyl & Leather” - new single, NO DEPRESSION
TREBLE MAGAZINE PREMIERE
Premiere: Mickelson shares an anthem of determination on “Plastic, Vinyl & Leather”
RIFF MAGAZINE ARTICLE on “After The Fire Vol. 1”
SF WEEKLY ARTICLE - “Mickelson’s Album-Release Show Will Donate All Proceeds to Wildfire Relief”
“With a howling voice that echoes heartland heroes like Bruce Springsteen or John Mellencamp, Mickelson keeps it exciting on his latest “Hail Marys,” showing off power pop tendencies similar to Big Star while staying true to folk music spirit.” (full article)
“The Bay Area musician and producer takes the rustic nostalgia of Americana and combines it with elaborate full-band arrangements. Mixed with his narrative lyricism, Mickelson paints melodic visuals that feel like they’re in full technicolor”. (full article
MICKELSON PLAYS THE FILLMORE
Fantastic night playing the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco. (clip below)