Michael Truckpile's music dances across the boundaries of folk, country and gut-bucket rocking. With his intently explorative voice and steady acoustic guitar playing, Michael spins yarns of frustration and hope around the question marks of life. Having grown up in a house full of music with a mom who played keyboards in rock bands and a music writer for a dad, Michael went on sewing musical seeds in the d.i.y. communities of upstate NY. He'?s played drums and sang since adolescence but only recently took up song crafting on guitar after clandestinely purchasing a beautiful, old beat up 1940's arch top at a garage sale in Kingston. That was in June of 2003 and Michael has since written, recorded and released a full length CD on Art of the Underground Records, played shows in venues as varied as barns and big rock clubs and toured around the U.S. Michael is also the drummer and singer for the hyperactive pop duo The Kiss Ups. He is currently at work on his second CD that reflects the stew of influences he?'s accumulated over the years. Michael?'s songs are grounded in a love for people and life and indiscriminately interfuse the personal with the political. His spontaneous live performances engage the audience in the adventure of a song?'s birth as they always manifest themselves with slightly different identities and flourishes. Based out of the Hudson Valley in the cozy town of Rosendale, NY, Michael performs both solo and with a varied cast of characters and musicians. The sound is rich and enveloping bringing listeners into the intimate journey through self reflection, satire and revelation.
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Art of the Underground - AOTU 011 - CD
"Michael Truckpile has created a solo work of staggering depth and impressive craftsmanship. It's also a hell of a lot of fun. Through 13 cuts, he asks the tough questions: Who am I? And how can I fix this screwed-up world? The musical responses are alternately angry, bittersweet, fearful, and hopeful. Such self-examination risks sounding self-absorbed. But Truckpile's observations are sound, and his compositions are unnervingly personal and effortlessly tuneful." -Jay Blotcher, Chronogram Magazine