Jeff D. Michel
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Jeff D. Michel (MIK‐ul) is a CFMA‐nominated singer/songwriter, multi‐instrumentalist and producer living and working in Estevan, Saskatchewan. His latest single, Just Another Winter, was released on October 30, 2020, and Jeff is currently recording a new album of original material, expected out in the spring/summer of 2021. This is Jeff’s third solo release, following his 2006 debut The Seasons, and the 2014 single Love You a Little While, and his first new music since the 2018 Hook & Nail album Ghosts of Taylorton.
Jeff’s second full‐length album is an eclectic mix of country‐tinged folk/rock songs, exploring themes of aliens, family, loss, winter whimsy, dragons, storms and the wisdom gained as one grows older. His songwriting style has matured to reflect the influence that folk music has had and embraces its storytelling nature, yet retains the edge and drive of his blues/rock roots. The first single, Just Another Winter, offers a lighthearted perspective into Canadian winters and features longtime friend and bandmate Mike Davis of Hook & Nail/Last Birds on dobro. Additional tracks include Cabin in the Woods which reminisces about Jeff’s parents’ summer cottage and the memories shared there, while Two Kids Dressed as Dragons tells the fantastic story of The Dragons and the 7‐Horned Monster, based loosely on events that took place at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Back to the Moon, again featuring Davis on slide guitar, ponders if we’re truly alone in the universe ‐ and perhaps by choice. The Only Thing, inspired by a comment from a coworker, laments the loss of a wife and mother in childbirth and Professor of Intuition cleverly ventures into the world of the sixth sense.
In addition to his solo efforts, Jeff is a member of the folk/roots trio Hook & Nail, whose debut album Ghosts of Taylorton earned them a 2020 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for New/Emerging Artist of the Year. Three singles from the album (Adeline, Two Tons, Ride) have been featured on CBC as well as coast‐to‐coast on college/campus radio. Ghosts of Taylorton tied for the #4 spot in the SaskMusic’s Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2018. Hook & Nail performed for a national televised audience as part of the 2020 Kinsmen TeleMiracle and provided an unreleased track for a 2019 SaskTel TV/digital ad campaign.
When Jeff isn’t doing music‐related things, he relaxes with his cats and enjoys growing hot peppers and various fruits in his backyard that combine to make a hot jam with a slow, sweet burn.Back