MICKELSON Record Release Show: Special Guest John Elliot
On March 7th, at Viracocha (the hippest venue in San Francisco) Mickelson will perform his soon to be released full-length "Flickering". Street date 5.5.15. He will be joined by his full band, a string quartet, horns, guest vocalists...
Opening the show will be Bay Area favorite John Elliot who will be playing a solo acoustic set.
Through a career that spanned five full-length releases with his band Fat Opie, a struggle with a long-term illness and a career as a fine artist, Scott Mickelson has persevered. Now, with his debut solo release (out 05.05.15) Mickelson delivers the record he's worked towards since he first sat down in front of a microphone. Flickering embodies the wisdom gained from his personal and musical journey.
After weathering a rollercoaster of a career populated by characters ranging from indie labels to major-league managers, penthouse attorneys to shady international distributors Mickelson was then overcome with an undisclosed illness.
For years, Mickelson was unable to perform but never stopped creating. Turning to his background in the visual arts, Mickelson exhibited as an award winning fine artist and his illustrations appeared in magazines and newspapers. He even wrote and illustrated well-received children's books. Destiny can also be persistent, and it was while planning a solo exhibition in San Francisco that once again Mickelson was lead back to music. "The gallery owner realized that I was Scott M from Fat Opie and she insisted that we play at the art opening," relates Mickelson. "I told her I didn't perform anymore but in the interest of getting people to my art show I reformed most of Fat Opie, did a couple of rehearsals and played what I'm sure was a horrible set BUTI never picked up a paintbrush again."
Lyrically, Flickering inhabits the world we all share, revolving around the challenge of existing in an oppressive culture, inundated by our surroundings. Mickelson is singing the stories of those living their lives in contemporary America, as fragmented as it is. Songs about home, family, loss of family, marriage, relationships that are forever and ones that are slowly dying. More so, Mickelson reminds us that we all need to be aware of how we affect those around us both positively and negatively as we navigate through this life.
When the time came to record Flickering it was the distinctive musical community of San Francisco that joined together to help lift him up. It features nearly two dozen guest artists including members of The Family Crest and other leading Bay Area artists like Jeff Campbell, Megan Slankard and Rivvrs. The record was recorded and produced by Mickelson in his home and mixed by Jay Pellicci (The Dodos, Sleater-Kinney, Deerhoof) at Tiny Telephone in SF.
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