EUROPEAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED!
I will be doing my first European Tour in October 2019. Here is the current itinerary, more dates to come!
REVIEWS OF “A WONDROUS LIFE” FROM EUROPE
”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
“Mickelseon does not moan or dramatize everyday banalities, but gives himself wisely with his deeply ravishing voice, without coming across with old wisdom. 'Crazy Is The Only Place For A Saint' is a slightly more positive bright spot in the mostly restrained hustle and bustle that doesn't want to fit into the Bay Area of San Francisco, from which Scott hails. 'When I Paint My Halo Gold' surprises with a slight grunge touch, whereas ' Bitter Sea ' gen Country tends to. These two tracks probably emphatically emphasize once again that "A Wondrous Life " has become a pan-American piece of music-and with its sobered undertone fits perfectly into the current social climate of the United States. Folk Rock is currently being played at every turn, but "A Wondrous Life " is one of the better releases in this area precisely because MICKELSON acts unexcitedly and can thus convey its most serious concerns all the more credibly. The instrumental background becomes almost beside the point.”
“The garlands and arrows of unlimited happiness. In pop music a phenomenon of size. The American musician Scott Mickelson knows all about it. The stormy start of his career suggests that the trees grow up to the sky. Performances in renowned clubs, record deals with major record companies and concert programs with the big names in the pop industry. Suddenly the draft comes in, and after a period of declining interest, he turns completely away from the music world. At the instigation of his wife, he followed a course at the Art Academy in 2003, after which he wrote a children's book. Slowly but surely his musical inspiration returns. Scott has his own studio in which he records albums of befriended musicians. With a part of him in 2015, he records his solo album Flickering, which is well received. Also successor A Wondrous Life is an excellent record. The ten songs contain all the ingredients that are needed to reach a wide audience. In nine songs he tells about his observations in an entertaining way. Mickelson plays all the instruments himself on the drum parts and the wind instruments, while he also sits on the chair of producer. With the instrumental B. Wilson he pays tribute to Brian Wilson, frontman and phenomenal composer of The Beach Boys.” - Heaven Magazine (Netherlands)
“He shows a conviction that fits this type of music. Powerful but above all with the right degree of unconditionality that in this genre knows how to separate the wheat from the chaff. That he knows how to make the necessary ingenuity in his compositions and instrumentation is shown in "Hail Marys", one of the absolute highlights of the album.” - Johnny’sGarden (Netherlands)
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…
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)