Michael Fontenot | Columbus Never Came

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Columbus Never Came

by Michael Fontenot

A mix of syncopated rock, humor and classical guitar technique - wonderful melodies and fascinating lyrics.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Don't Let The Preacher Sing
3:16 album only
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2. When You Are Gone
3:39 album only
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3. Somewhere Behind
4:20 album only
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4. Please Wait
3:33 album only
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5. Waltz In Your Arms
4:15 album only
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6. She May Want To Talk
3:39 album only
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span id="cphContent_rptTrack_lblTrackTitle_6" class="track-title">7. In Case My Dream Comes True
4:23 album only
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8. Columbus Never Came
3:40 album only
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9. Back To Me
3:34 album only
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10. Raoul
2:32 album only
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11. I'm On My Way
3:20 album only
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12. There Is No Day
3:09 album only
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13. Spud's Girl
3:20 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Michael Fontenot grew up ruining his Beatles LPs figuring out their songs. He was influenced later by the guitar playing of Paul Simon. While in college, studying just about everything but music, he was introduced to classical guitar and his life was changed forever -- that's probably an overstatement; but he did change guitars. He studied classical guitar at North Texas State Tech University and subsequently received a Master Degree in classical guitar from Yale University, studying with Eliot Fisk. Then he went to medical school - but we won't get into that now. He found it providential that after five years of classical guitar study, his first standing ovation would come performing his own composition "Bipolar Blues” before his psychiatry test in medical school. He went on to combine his skills in classical guitar with his compositional skills, to produce his first album of songs called "Goodbye Doc.” This was a set of tunes lampooning his medical school experience with songs like "50 Ways To Lose Your Liver.” He continued to write humorous as well as serious folk rock tunes, blending elements of Classical, Rock, and Jazz styles.

Over the past five years he has begun to perform both classical and original music, in his hometown of Fredericksburg, Texas. His music is highlighted by poignant lyrics, wonderful melodies, a blend of classical and folk guitar technique, and punctuated by his sense of humor. In his spare time, he practices pediatrics (the mother of all day jobs).

Columbus Never Came is a blend of styles ranging from humorous rock-and-roll (Don't Let The Preacher Sing), to reflective melodies (When You Are Gone), to jazz (Please Wait). He has also involved other local musicians in this compilation. Erin Jung sings four songs on the CD. She was a high school junior at the time of this recording. She has a wonderfully mature voice that counterpoints her youth.

Michael and Erin have now formed a band with a group of talented high school students. The band is called “Jung and the Restless” and has performed regularly in the Texas Hill Country over the past year. Their new CD entitled “Just Let Go” should be online at CD Baby by January.

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John Schmidt

WOW!!! This CD rocks. I can't wait for the next one! WOW!!!!
The mix of syncopated rock, humor and classical guitar techniques along with the wonderful melodies and fascinating lyrics blow my mind! I can never get enough of it. Whether they're perfroming live or I'm listening to their CD, I'm amazed at the talent of these unique individuals each and every time. They will without a doubt soft rock your socks off!!!
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