NEWS

  • Amber Lantern, Available Now

    My third album, Amber Lantern, is now available to purchase, download, and stream. 

    Downloads, CD's, and limited edition orange vinyl can be found at my Bandcamp site.

    You can stream or download Amber Lantern from...

    iTunes
    Amazon MP3
    Spotify
    Google Play
    SoundCloud

    ... and numerous other digital outlets across the web. 

    This album was not easy to make, nor was it made alone. I owe great debt of gratitude to Geoff Michael, Jenny Harley, Chad Sturdivant, Patrick Herek, Matt Collar, Christian Anderson, Ryan Gimpert, Serge van der Voo, Cathy Franklin, James Christopher Monger, Brian McCoy, Eric Conn, Dan Shepelavy, Kristie Brablec, William & Mary Jane Monger, Mariah Cherem, the Ann Arbor District Library, Doug Coombe, Chuck Sipperley, Jim Roll, Peter Woodman, Brian Peters, Tom McCartan, Leah Diehl, Greg McIntosh, Scott McClintock, Fido Kennington, and of course the many fans who supported the Kickstarter campaign which allowed me to finish my work. Thank you also to my talented friends in the musical communities of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Detroit, and throughout Michigan. 

    Cheers!
    TM

  • Grey's End, Where Colors Begin

    "Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off- then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can." - Herman Melville

    "Grey's End," the optimistic second single from Amber Lantern. Full album available on February 10. Pre-order now from Bandcamp.

     

  • Record Release Concert

    On February 8, 2017, I will be celebrating the release of my third album, Amber Lantern, at Michigan's premier listening room, the Ark. This show will also serve as the debut for a brand new lineup of my band State Park who will help me bring these songs to life on stage. We will be playing the album in its entirely along with a smattering of older chestnuts from my catalog. 

    To seal the deal, I've secured the talents of one Caleb Dillon, braintrust of psych-pop heroes Starling Electric to perform an extremely rare opening solo set. We are all working very hard to bring you this show and I hope that you'll consider joining us at the Ark.

    Many thanks to Jenny Harley for her beautiful design work throughout this project, including this poster.

    Cheers!
    TM

  • Single Premier + Amber Lantern Pre-order

    "Plough King," the first single from Amber Lantern, is premiering today on the Mostly Midwest music blog. Check out their nice write-up on it here.

    You can also now pre-order Amber Lantern from my Bandcamp site.

    Lastly, you can stream "Plough King" below or at my SoundCloud page. 

     
    Happy New Year!
    TM
  • Amber Lantern Release Show

    I'm very pleased to announce that the release show for my new album, Amber Lantern, will be on February 8th, 2017 at the Ark in Ann Arbor. As an added bonus, Starling Electric's very own Caleb Dillon will be doing a rare solo set to open the show. I'm excited about every aspect of this show. Tickets are available now from the Ark's website.

  • Amber Lantern is Funded!!!

    My humble thanks to the many fans and friends who stepped forward to help fund my Kickstarter campaign for Amber Lantern. I will soon be moving forward with mixing sessions in early August. I will continue to post updates here on my website, on Facebook, and at my Kickstarter Spotlight page. 

    I've also got a couple of solo shows coming up in the next couple of weeks. On Saturday, July 23, I'll be opening up for Columbus-based indie duo The Receiver at Trinity House Theatre in Livonia, MI. The following weekend, on Friday, July 29, I'll be playing a couple of sets at the Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse Beer Garden in Ypsilanti. 

    Cheers!
    TM

  • New Kickstarter Campaign to Fund Third Album

    I'm very happy to announce that I'm wrapping up recording sessions for my third solo album which will be called Amber Lantern. It has been an intense, but rewarding couple of years and I'm so proud of this new material. I can't wait to share some new music but, before I can move on to the next phase of production (mixing, mastering, artwork, etc.), I need to ask for some help.

    Today, I am launching a new Kickstarter campaign in order to raise the funds that will allow me to complete my work and get the album released. The link to my campaign is here:

     At my Kickstarter page, you can read all about the album, watch a short video, and learn how the funds would be used. I'm offering a number of different pledge rewards and incentives that you might find interesting, but at the most basic level, you can consider even the smallest pledge to simply be a pre-order for the album.

    If you've enjoyed my music over the years, I hope you'll consider learning more about my new project to see if you'd like to be a part of it.

    Thank you so much!
    TM

  • June Tidings

    Hello, friends. After a period of quietude, I'm beginning to gear up for some big news which I'll announce later this month. But first, I'm stepping out of the studio to play a couple of early summer shows in Southeast Michigan.

    I've been lucky enough to get asked back to play at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival again this year. On Thursday, June 16th at 6pm, I'll be playing a solo set on the O&W Acoustic Stage to kick off a rock-solid evening lineup that includes Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful and Chris Bathgate playing on the Rackham Stage. 

    If crowded festivals aren't your thing, I'll be playing my second summer show at Flying Otter Vineyard & Winery down in Lenawee County on Saturday, June 11th from 6-8pm. This is a much more casual affair set among the bucolic rolling hills just south of Tecumseh, MI. 

    Cheers!
    TM

  • Recording Update & West Side Show

    Throughout the early months of 2016, I've retreated night after night to my warmly lit recording den to continue work on my third LP. Aside from the expected victories and heartaches that come from recording music, I also weathered a nasty cappuccino spill into the guts of my computer and managed to come out the other side, songs and machine intact. Thank you to the confident techs at Apples & Oranges in Ann Arbor for saving my rig! The progress should continue throughout the Spring as I eye the finish line. I'm grateful as well to the various friends who have now loaned me three different 12-strings and various other bits of gear. 

    Since the studio is my focus right now, I'm keeping gigs to a minimum, but I can truly say that on March 6, I'll be elated to return to Salt of the Earth in over in Fennville, Michigan. I played a show there three years ago with moderate expectations and was literally left awestruck by the great sounding room, appreciative crowd, exquisite food, and the very humane treatment of visiting musicians. I finally managed to talk them into booking me again and this time I'm bringing along two of my favorite singer/songwriters to share the night with me. Matt Jones and Misty Lyn will road trip it with me to Fennville and presumably fall in love with the venue just as I did. The three of us will swap songs starting at 7pm on Sunday, March 6. Wherever you are that night, please consider making your own road trip to join us.

    Cheers!
    TM

  • It's Jenny Harley's birthday. It's a day worth celebrating for those who are lucky enough call her a friend, but for those who don't know her personally, you can be thankful for her beautiful artwork which has graced many stunning Southeast Michigan concert posters, album covers, and the annual set design for Mittenfest. Drunken Barn Dance is fronting the bill and they are another personal favorite. I was recently left humbled and awestruck when DBD honcho Scott Sellwood name-dropped my brother and I in their latest single, "Churches" and they'll be celebrating the release of their killer new EP, Big Bend, at this show. Friday, February 19th at the Elks Lodge in Ann Arbor. The amazing Matt Jones and Models + Architects are also on the bill which I'll be opening. 

    Cheers!
    TM