About Michael Tearson

Michael is an American pioneer underground DJ, singer, author, recording artist and actor. He's also a regular Sing Out! contributor.

ROBIN GREENSTEIN: Tears and Laughter

Greenstein_ Tears and Laughter

        ROBIN GREENSTEIN Tears and Laughter Windy 221-2 www.robingreenstein.com   Robin Greenstein notes Tears and Laughter is her first album of original music after a decade in which she made several themed CDs. She also confirms the songs here emanate from different points in time from over … → read more

DARRELL SCOTT: Couchville Sessions

Couchville Sessions

        Darrell Scott Couchville Sessions Thirty Tigers www.thirtytigers.com   Save a pair of duo albums with Tim O’Brien Couchville Sessions is Darrell Scott’s first album in four years. Most peculiar is that is not exactly entirely new as the songs here were first tracked in 2001 and … → read more


You and I

          JEFF BUCKLEY You and I Columbia/Legacy www.legacyrecordings.com   That there is still quality unreleased material 19 years after Jeff Buckley’s tragic death is remarkable. Even more so that it is as compelling as what is here. You And I is a collection of solo tracks. … → read more


Hackinsaw Boys Charismo

          Hackensaw Boys Charismo Free Dirt 0078 www.freedirtrecords.com   Charismo is the first full album of new Hackensaw Boys music and material in about a decade, an exuberant album buoyed by the Hackensaw cheekiness that was a hallmark of the two previous albums I have. The … → read more

TIM O’BRIEN: Pompadour

        TIM O’BRIEN Pompadour Howdy Skies www.timobrien.net   I eagerly look forward to a new release from Tim O’Brien. He always delivers fresh, strong stuff … and Pompadour is no exception. It’s a diverse, ever captivating set of ten songs with one instrumental. Tim wrote or co-wrote … → read more

OLA BELLE REED and Southern Mountain Music On The Mason-Dixon Line

Olla Belle Reed

            Henry Glassie, Clifford R. Murphy, Douglas Dowling Peach OLA BELLE REED and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line Dust to Digital 978-0-9817342-7-9 www.dust-digital.com   The Mason-Dixon line was created in Colonial America to end a regional boundary dispute between the British colonies of … → read more

PLAINSONG: Reinventing Richard: The Songs of Richard Fariña

Plainsong Reinventing Richard Farina

          PLAINSONG Reinventing Richard:      The Songs of Richard Fariña Omnivore www.omnivorerecordings.com   There is a clear line between recitation and interpretation. Interpretation, hopefully, takes a song someplace it hasn’t been before, someplace new. Iain Matthews and Andy Roberts have reconvened Plainsong for this project, with Mark … → read more


April Mae June Bugs Grease

        APRIL MAE & THE JUNE BUGS with MIKE METTALIA Grease It Up And Go! April Mae and the June Bugs www.aprilmaeandthejunebugs.com   Pure fun end-to-end, April Mae & The June Bugs’ Grease It Up & Go! is a blast! They play bluesy, rockabilly-informed music. They recorded … → read more