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'Music is evidence of the migratory nature of the species. The ever-evolving Celtic roots of Americana pulse with assured melancholy through the songs of Mike Ross.  New album The Clovis Limit Pt.1 revers to the earliest Native American penetration of the New World, before trains and tall ships on unquiet seas ripped newer trails.  Recorded in Nashville, mixed in Sussex, Mike reforges these song-lines.  Every single explanation has its truth.  He’s every molecule the part - not that he wears his heart on his sleeve.  Following Spindrift (2014) and the snappy, contagious Jenny’s Place (2018), this sixty-one minute collection of ten new songs made from piss, vinegar and tiny bits of stars works as high-grade-truck-stop-diner-toe-tappers.

There’s nautical narrative ‘Lee Of The Bay’ and the Elles Bailey duet ‘Pick Up Our Anchor’ - smooth enough to smooch to, hard enough to tear your soul.  The aching guitar on ‘Blow Away’ is sympathetically reinterpreted by glistening pedal steel and mournful fiddle.  There’s some down home soul on ‘Grow In Your Garden’, a hint of sweet nostalgia and country yesterdays, and the stray-cat crawl of spin-off single ‘Young Man’.  These are new songs in eternal guises'

���� Andrew Darlington RNR Magazine May 2019

ABOUT

Passionate and intoxicating, Mike blazes his own unique trail - fusing his love and command of blues and roots music to create a unique blend.   Since his re-emergence to the circuit in 2015 he has charged up the ranks to stand with the best known names in the UK blues and roots rock scene. 

A Monster Toned Space Blues Monolith! - Blues In Britain

Born and raised in the Great North but living these days down in the Southland with a steady mind and a thoroughbred plan, Mike writes soul wrenching songs that will make you desperate to share the tale of his life's journey and the lessons he's learned.

"hypnotic blues that revel in dark menace"Planet Rock Magazine

This winding road leads from England to Europe before jumping the Atlantic to New York, detouring way down south to Memphis and New Orleans via Clarksdale Mississippi and Nashville Tennessee, soaking up every scent and sound along the way before fetching up on the shores of Sussex with a lifetimes worth of tales to share.

"This lad from the far North East has distilled the essence of the Deep South and West Coast of America" - Blues In Britain

Mike takes listeners on a uniquely detailed and image packed history tour of the history of the music of the music he loves to play, with influence taken from the whole range of 20/21st century American music -  beginning in the Mississippi Delta and ending up right back in the present moment with his powerful emotive voice and intoxicating virtuosic guitar playing carrying you every inch of the way.

"Fuzzed up, fierce and full frontal fiery attack coupled with sexy, smooth slidin', southern soul!" - Mojo Magazine

To experience Mike playing solo or with his band egging him on is to see why one reviewer declared him 'burnt in blues & soaked in soul'.

His first solo album, the Americana-tinged 'Spindrift' was released to critical acclaim and reveals an introspective side to Mike's songwriting and performing.  The next album, “Jenny's Place”, boasts a fuller and more muscular set of performances, described by one writer as "modern contemporary music, crossing and melding genres" and by another as “A classic 21st-century album full of 20th-century soul.” 

"Mike is clearly a cut above, a genuinely superior exponent of the form" - Blues Matters

Press and radio support is strong with Mike continually receiving airplay on both national and international radio stations (including a recent spin by Paul Jones on his BBC Radio 2 show), particularly tracks like the latest single 'Jenny (sun goes down)', 'Dark Powder' (a brooding 12/8 minor blues) and 'Coffeecan Telephone'.  Mike's songs have had well over 1000,000 plays on Spotify in the last year.

"With a tight band behind him (He's) an inspiring and revival driven southern blues, rock, and soul infused masterpiece"  - Folk & Tumble

The calendar for 2018 was jam packed with fantastic shows, headline tours in the UK & Europe with the band appearing at many of the most prestigious UK blues & roots music festivals.

In addition, 2018 wasn a year of extensive studio work, producing no less than three new original albums - a new solo record recorded in Nashville (The Clovis Limit Pt.1) plus a future 'Mike Ross Band’ release recorded at home in the UK.  At the same sessions for the MRB album, new collaboration RHR (Redfern, Hutchinson & Ross) recorded their debut album ‘Mahogany Drift’.  Released in November, it has been an unqualified success, -  garnering high praise in review (including an 8/10 score in Classic Rock Magazine).  The RHR tour of the UK in October was triumph too with many sell-out shows and is due to be repeated in May 2019.

"Songwriting strength in depth" - CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

Plans for 2019 include further touring of the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and the USA.

NEW RELEASES FOR 2019

  New single 'Young Man' premiered on 1st March and was first track to surface from Mike's next solo album ‘The Clovis Limit’ which released in April.   The record was made in Nashville TN and Brighton UK and features a crack team of UK and US session players including Matt Slocum (Susan Tedechi Band). A duet appearance by Elles Bailey on second single 'Pick Up Our Anchor' (with its fabulous accompanying video) has been on heavy broadcast rotation incuding BBC Radio.  

Praise for the new album has been very widespread -

'new songs in eternal guises....high-grade truck store diner toe tappers'  RNR Magazine

'... a wonderful musical journey...'  realrootscafe.com

'...a definitive confirmation of the singer-songwriting talent that Mike Ross does have....’  Rootstime.be

‘... contemporary verve and sparkling performances...’  Plunger Music

'...covers vast landscapes and paints vivid imagery in the listener’s mind..'  Folk & Tumble

There are additional plans for an RHR tour in May plus several European festival shows through the summer and a headline Mike Ross full band UK tour with expanded band featuring pedal steel and violin players joining the regular lineup.

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CONTACTS

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MUSIC

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Mike Ross - Clovis Limit Album Launch Showreel * * NOT FOR RELEASE * *

Mike Ross - Young Man (Official Video)

Mike Ross (feat Elles Bailey) - Pick Up Our Anchor (Official Video)

Mike Ross - Love the One You're With (feat. Lorna Fothergill)

RHR - Ghost Hound Rider (Official Video)

The Big Picture (Official Video) - Mike Ross

Jenny (sun goes down) OFFICIAL VIDEO - Mike Ross

The Mike Ross Band - Dark Powder (Live)

Mike Ross - Don't Worry Baby, Just Call #1 (Live)