did songwriter shows at Bruning's Winery in Beavercreek, Oh and Riverfront
Entertainment Center in Coschocton,OH. Joining Mike in Coshocton was
fellow songwriter Al Harper.
Jan Harbuck Just released
her new project. She recorded a song Jeff Elliott and I wrote called
Quiet Time. The Cd is available at Jan Harbuck's website.
Praise Gathering Music,
A Gaither Company has just released our song Sweet Liberty in a choral
arrangement. It is available on line at Praisegatheringmusic.com//Sweet
Liberty. This is a patriotic choral Tom Fettke, Jeff Elliott and I
Myra Rolen, Texas artist
has recorded Truth Is I'm a Liar on Pretty World Records. You can
get a copy at www.Myra
Rolen.com. Myra was recently voted best female artist in the Texas
Robyn Young called us
to say that he cut "The Tracks You left on Me" that Mike
co-wrote with Ed Bruce and Jeff Elliott. The song is his CD Good Ole
Country Days. Robyn's website is www.Robyn-Young.Com.
Robyn, was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee into a legacy of
Country Music. The son of "The Singing Sheriff " FARON YOUNG,
and The Great, Great, Grandson of UNCLE DAVE MACON ( the 1st star
of The Grand Ole Opry).
Slaid Cleaves- Austin artist has record a song that Mike wrote along
with Slaid and Jeff Elliott titled "Hometown USA ". It is
on Slaid's new CD, "Still Fightin' the War" on Music Road
Records. Check him out at www. saidcleaves.com.
Had a great visit with
old college friends from our time at Eastern Kentucky University this
past weekend and played some music with them. It was great to get
together with Barry Burkett, bluegrass singer, Gene Dobbs from the
bluegrass group Diamond Head Mountain and Bruce Gilbert.
Mike played an acoustic
program with Allen Daugherty from the Red Brush band at the Spirited
Goat Coffee Café in Yellow Springs, OH. Owner Michael Herrington
"you guys were awesome-please come back".
Visit to Memphis and St.
Jude- Mike along with songwriter Jeff Elliott and actress Mymme Goode/See
Memphis visited St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis in Nov. Songwriters
have long supported the work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"This is a place that treats kids from all over the world and
treats them for free. It's not only a treatment center but it's also
a research center. If people haven't been there or haven't visited,
I hope they can take the time to visit. It is an amazing place and
they are doing wonderful things in research. Go to www.stjude.org
to learn more about how you can help.
Mike has a new YouTube
video channel. Check it out at www.youtube.com/mikemorganmusic.
We recently played for
the "Music in the Atrium" show at Grandview Heights Public
Library. Mike performed an acoustic program and director Canaan Faulkner
said" this was a great program and we hope to have Mike back
We recently wrote a new
song with Austin, TX Americana artist, Slaid Cleaves. The song is
titled "Hometown USA". Slaid is one of the most compelling
roots artists on the scene today in music. Check him out at www.Slaid.com
Hometown is a good ole Texas ballad about two people chasing their
dream and then coming home, meet each other and falling in love.
Mike played a benefit
on Feb. 5 for the Jackson Clothes Line and Food Pantry. Jason Hogue
played bass for Mike on this show and is a premier bass player having
worked with several name acts in the entertainment industry. . Also
performing were Morgan Washam, The Black Diamonds, and The Presbyterian
Church Praise Band. Mike says" it is a great pleasure to help
out and I know they are doing very good things for the Jackson community.
Mike appeared on Rodeo
Roundup Radio with host Ron Penn on Sept. 16. Ron interviewed Mike
on songwriting and discussed what was behind the technique of writing
a good song as well as the story behind some of Mike's songs. They
featured the song "To Old Too Cowboy" on the program. Rodeo
Roundup is a cowboy/western music themed 1 hour program that currently
airs weekly on 62 stations through the US.
Mike was the featured
speak at the Nashville Songwriters
Association Indy chapter where he discussed the current state of the
music business and an approach to demos. Along with mike was Ron Penn
from Rodeo Round up Radio. Ron gave an update on how radio stations
Mike along with co-writer
Jeff Elliott made a presentation to the Jackson Women's League in
Jackson, May 7 sharing some of their secrets of songwriting and examples
of their work.
You need to check out
Megan McKee's new CD Seek Ye First. Mike co-produced this project
with Jeff Elliott. Megan is a flute instrumentalist and the CD features
18 hymns with varying musical arrangements. It is a very soothing
and calming work of music. To purchase downloads or the CD go to http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/MeganMcKee.
Check the Nov. /Dec. 2009
issue of "Over the Back Fence" magazine where you will find
Mike's story "One Piece of Silver" as a featured article.
This story is about a silver dollar his father received as a gift
for his HS graduation and what that silver dollar meant for him and
his family. To learn more, go to www.BackFenceMagazine.com
On Sept. 19 Mike was the guest speaker for the Nashville Songwriters
Association Indy chapter meeting held in Plainfield, Indiana. He also
performed with a group of up and coming Indy chapter writers at the
Chateau Thomas Winery. Those on the show with Mike included Amy Summers,
Rene Longoria, Jared Christopher, Rhonda Thomas, Gary & Amy Antelept,
Mike recently played an
acoustic program at Areopagatica Book Store in Columbus, Ohio. They
feature a weekly music program and also have a poet society group.
The store is a specialty store with rare and out of print books as
well as some new. Mike said the sound was excellent and he met a lot
of nice people and enjoyed being there.
Shelby Lyn Rogers has
recorded two of Mike's songs that he co-wrote with Jeff Elliott and
Anthony Matrumalo. The songs are Half of Everything and Losing a Fortune
and are included on the new CD "Music that Matters" produced
by the Meldocial Hearts Foundation. The CD is available through their
web site at www.melodicalhearts.org.
Las Vegas artist, Linda Angeline has recorded "Let Me Be Your
Reason" that Mike wrote with college friend Dave Howell and Linda.
It will be on her new CD "Second Wind" to be releases in
June 2009. Linda is an accomplished studio artist and has been called
on by many Las Vegas acts to sing backup for them. She has performed
on every major stage in Las Vegas. The CD will be available at lindaangeline.com.
Country Music artist Neville
Anderson from Australia has recorded "The Tracks You Left on
Me" written by Mike, Jeff Elliott and Ed Bruce. It is on his
"Rambling Shoes" CD and is available through CD baby and
his web site, nevilleanderson.com
We lost a good friend
and musician with the passing of Dwight Daugherty. I had the pleasure
of working with him many times and he was one of the best acoustic
players I've known. His first love was bluegrass music but he was
very versatile and could play many different styles.
Dwight Anderson Daugherty,
52, died April 9 at his home in the Red Brush of Jackson County after
a brief illness. His life revolved around his music and he played
for many years with The Red Brush Band. Dwight was best known for
his work with the stage adaptation of his grandfather's book, Out
of the Redbrush for which he and his brother composed the score. More
than his music, Dwight loved his family and friends and he embraced
life with a passion that was uniquely Dwight.
He is survived by his wife
of 32 years, Lorna, and his son, Pvt. Ry Anderson Daugherty, Fort
Knox, Ky. Also surviving is his brother Allen who also worked with
him in the Red Brush Band.
It was a pleasure to have
known and played music with Dwight.
Mike with friends Walt
Cook and John Jones played in Jackson, Ohio with Stephen Salyers,
a young up and coming Nashville artist on Jan 24 at the YMCA. This
was to celebrate the birthday of Mrs. Bernadine Stockmeister. Mrs.
Stockmeister is 90 and still kicking. She is such a nice lady and
her family has been very generous to the city of Jackson, Ohio. There
were about 800 people in attendance.
Mike's song "Too
Old To Cowboy" is on the new Chris MacArthur CD "Tuff Enough
to Wear Pink". You can order at chrismacarthur.com. 15% of the
proceeds go to breast cancer research.
Mike performed at the
Cowboy Poets evening in October at the Lillian Jones Museum in Jackson,
Ohio. This is one of their annual fund raising events for the year.
Also performing at the event were Beatrice Owen and Cowboy Poets,
Paul Brown and Dean Armstrong.
Stephen Salyers, Nashville
Recording artist hosted a benefit songwriters' round at the Paramount
Arts Center in Ashland, Kentucky at the Paramount Arts Center on Oct.
24. The round format puts writers in the middle of the room, taking
turns singing and playing their original work and telling stories.
Four at a time, songwriters will sat in the round and each performed
original songs, telling a bit about the inspiration for the song.
The round setting originated at the Bluebird Café in Nashville
and has become a popular format at many venues there and across the
Scheduled to join Salyers
at the event are Rob McNurlin, Angie Fletcher, Steve and Carla Hunter,
Mike Morgan, Dana Romanello and Jeff Ellis to make up two writer's
"This is a well-rounded,
diverse group," Salyers said. "I couldn't be more excited."
The round benefits the
Travis Hall Scholarship Foundation, which was established by Hall's
brother, Bryan, after he was killed in a car accident in July 2007.
Salyers attended middle
and high school with Travis Hall. The goal for the scholarship fund
is to collect enough money to award $10,000 in scholarships by 2009.
Salyers said there is no
particular goal for the round to raise, but he said he would love
to raise $2,000.
Mike's version of "Walker's
Woods" was included on the CD "Music for the Markay".
The CD was produced by the Southern Hills Arts Council to help raise
funds for the renovation of the Markay Theater in Jackson. You can
order the CD by contacting the center at firstname.lastname@example.org or by
calling 740-286-6355. The CD also includes songs written by Mike and
co-writer Jeff Elliott; Back Then" by The Truants and "I
Remember our Goodbye" performed by Jeff.
Fred James from Bluesland
Productions in Nashville has teamed Mike and Jeff Elliott up with
blues singer/songwriter Bleu Jackson to do some co-writing. They have
finished two songs, "Misery and Achin Blues" and "I
Belong" and working on a few more. We are pleased to be working
Bleu and enjoy his deep rooted blues soul music.
The Southern Hills Arts
Council held their annual fund raiser on Saturday, April 12th and
Mike was one of the featured music performers. Also appearing was
Morgan Washam and Susie Blanton. Proceeds from this even benefit the
Markay Cultural arts Center in Jackson, Ohio.
Mike and Dwight Daugherty
from the Red Brush band played an acoustic evening at the Donkey Coffee
and Espresso -Athens, Ohio to a packed crowd October 19. Mike says
D-Wight is one of the best acoustic players around and we had a lot
of fun working together. Watch for more.
Mike and Ted Gilbert performed
at the AAA South Central Ohio employee picnic on July 21 in Jackson,
Ohio. They performed some old favorite's, blues songs and helped with
a "name that tune" game for prizes to employees.
On May 26, The Truants
did a benefit to help the Jackson High School Alumni Association in
Jackson, Ohio raise funds for the new football stadium. Mike is a
graduate of JHS.
Mike and co-writer Jeff
Elliott performed at the CUMC Family Life Center in Jackson, Ohio
for a benefit for the Life Center on April 29. Others who performed
included Cathy McPherson, Contemporary Christian Group "Generations",
Christ United Methodist Choir and Dave Samples.
Mike and Co-writer Jeff
Elliott just completed a writing session with Nashville songwriter
John Foster. Their new song is called "You Better Not Cry"
and blues artist Jennifer Dixon did the demo on their song.
Mike performed with Steve
Thieken and Jeannie Creamer of Home Remedy in Athens, Ohio at the
Donkey Coffee and Espresso. March 30. This was an acoustic program.
Mike performed in Jackson,
Ohio Saturday (2/3) at a benefit fundraiser for the Food Pantry and
Clothesline. Also appearing were Dave and Judy Johnson, Delver Richards
and JoAnn Wood.
Mona Golabek host of the
popular radio show, The Romantic Hours featured a song lyric by Jeff
Elliott and Mike on her show the week of Jan. 1, 2007. . She read
the lyric to their song "I Wonder". To hear the excerpt
click here. Mona's web site is romantichours.com. Mona Golabek, the
creator and the voice of the Romantic Hours radio program, recordings,
is an internationally acclaimed concert pianist.
Mike and co-writer Jeff
Elliott recently completed demo sessions on several songs working
with Trent Jeffcoat, Tim Buppert, John Foster and Butch Baker. You
can hear these songs and others by going to music and clicking on
the song titles.
Daryn Kagan former CNN
News anchor featured Mike's story, "One Piece of Silver"
on her web site darynkagan.com. The story is about his Dad and a gift
he received; a silver dollar for his high school graduation. . Mike
and Jeff Elliott are working on moving this story to song.