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Moods: Featuring Guitar Rock: Jam-band Blues: Blues-Rock Blues: Slide Guitar Blues Moods: Type: Live Recordings

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MOTU is an Indie NY-based Acoustic & Electric /Blues-Roots recording artist and Singer-Songwriter performer. His Big Band includes horns, keyboards, multiple guitars, and other string instruments creating a unique sound that has become recognized world wide! MOTU's fan club is world wide and is growing fast. This can also be demonstrated from MOTU's over SEVEN MILLION views on YouTube and the over 450,000 SELF PRODUCED INDIE CD sales! MOTU's CDs, several of which have been considered for Grammy Awards, have received RAVE Reviews including from Elmore Magazine; the defacto journal of the blues (see )!
Some of MOTU's CDs have spent OVER 4 MONTHS on CD Baby's Editor's Recommended CDs List! MOTU also released a 2 Disc CD/DVD set in 2011 which contains a 32 Track Hi-Def Live DVD. This CD features a back up band of very well-known musicians; many of whom have performed with very well known artists such as Bo Diddley, James Cotton, Johnny Winter, Watermelon Slim, Allman Brothers, Dickey Betts, Taylor Dayne, and Cindi Lauper (just to name a few)!
MOTU's 12th Official CD Release in 2012 is that year's selection by the LIBS for the Best Self-Produced CD Competition held by the Blues Foundation and awarded during the IBC in Memphis! MOTU's 2013 CD release (Miles Away) has been called "One of the most important albums of this decade!!" MOTU's 2014 release (Get Up and Dance) was the band's first live Blu-Ray Disc and CD 2 disc set release which received 5 first round Grammy Nominations. MOTU"s 2015 release (his 15th official CD release) titled FAST FOOD BLUES continues with the big band blues and blues rock sound that launched the album to #7 on the Blues Charts in its first week released! MOTU's 16th CD was also released to rave reviews in 2016. In 2017, to the delight of his fans, MOTU released his 17th CD which goes deep into American Jazz Guitar Roots. Most recently in 2018 MOTU released his 18th album with originals exploring blues and Americana genres. In addition to ALL of this; MOTU was a SemiFinalist Winner in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) and is also a winner of two BILLBOARD World Music Awards and has also received radio play in major markets! MOTU's music is roots acoustic rock with delta blues and jam band influences. MOTU has also won praises from classic rock greats for his music-based charity work. MOTU's self produced CDs and DVDs are available at iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and other quality music stores. Official Fan Club Web-Site:

Read what the experts are saying about MOTU:

“The constant toothy presence of MOTU’s electric guitar is a tightrope walk across a pit of hungry gators in the tradition of blues greats like John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy! ”
-The Deli Magazine; Music Recipes from the Big Apple
“Such passionate, and impressive, music says volumes about the talent possessed by MOTU.”
-Neufutur Magazine
“Dr Richard (motu) is a fabulous slide guitarist...the best part of an Oreo cookie...even without milk.”
-GoodTimes Magazine
"The new one from MOTU is chock full of rockin' good blues. Pop it in the CD player and crank it up! "
- Jerry Schaefer, host of Graveyard Blues on Long Island, NY's ONLY Classic Rock Station 103.9 WRCN FM.
“This is a feel good and have a drink type of music. Thank you MOTU!”
-Skope Magazine
“This is the real deal: unfiltered, honest music that could easily resonate with anyone who’s experienced a rough road. MOTU’s tough, yet vulnerably aching sound is the stuff great American tales are made of.”
–Elmore Magazine
“It’s the magnitude of Michelson’s grasp of Blues music...whether he is playing his smooth slide guitar or honkin’ on his harp.”
–Dig This Real Magazine
“Interpretive, talented and visionary are all words that can be applied to the stringed fluency of Motu.... The Blues Lives!”
– The Long Island Blues Society
“Dr. Richard Michelson, a formidable blues guitarist and very raw singer... we are talking some serious blues.” – Jazz.COM

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