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River Of Days

by Michael Joy

'a folk artist, but with a pop heart. And a Zen-like sense of warmth and wonder that imbues his subtle, yet crafty, material.' Miles of Music (2006)
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. To Climb
2:49 $0.99
2. Night Flight Over Water
3:08 $0.99
3. Bakersfield
3:14 $0.99
4. Me And My Stubborn Self
3:09 $0.99
5. Mark Twain
3:12 $0.99
6. Better Men Than You
3:52 $0.99
7. The Bells Of St. Mary's
4:00 $0.99
8. Perfect Strangers
4:17 $0.99
9. You Can't Fight To Win Her Love
2:55 $0.99
10. Queen Of The Underground
3:43 $0.99
11. Silence Speaks Louder Than Words
3:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
Michael Joy hails from the East Coast, where he fronted a few groups before migrating to the West. He's settled in Berkeley, a suitable spot for his easy mannered Americana, which is enriched with a glow of '70s era singer/songwriter charm. He is, at the core, a folk artist, but with a pop heart. And a Zen-like sense of warmth and wonder that imbues his subtle, yet crafty, material. Emmy nominated songwriter/producer Benjamin Birkbeck describes his songs and sounds as "a mix of Dylan, Traveling Wilburys, Beatles, Cowboy Junkies with a modern alternative western rock edge." (Rivulet Music)(Miles Of Music Review August 05)

Michael Joy's "River Of Days" comes out of nowhere with a startling and very beautiful collection of pop, folk, and Americana songs. Remarkable for its consistency of pure songwriting , track after track one feels in the presence
of a sure hand of lyric and melody. "Bakersfield"from "River Of Days" is
one of the five finalists in the 2005 Independent Music Awards .Produced by Benji Farquhar who's worked with Taj Mahal, and also has worked with Grammy Award engineer
Michael Rosen.Mixed by Justin
Phelps,known for his work with Chuck Prophet, Cake and other independent artists, and mastered by veteran producer/ engineer John Cuniberti at The Plant,
"River Of Days" is the first full studio album by this northern California musician. Michael Joy has just signed with Optic Noise music and licensing for placement in film and t.v. for the songs on "River Of Days". .
From the first listen of track one, "To Climb", from Michael Joy's "River Of Days"(Rivulet Music) one feels to be with a very dear friend. This is a confident debut of the east coast Joy,
that moved to the west coast, and now is living in Berkeley, California. Michael Joy has fashioned a fairly diverse and arresting mix of contemporary singer-songwriter pop, and seventies americana. These eleven songs are as catchy as hell! Fine laid back guitar lines and a beautiful groomed arrangement of each song.... Stand out songs are "Night Flight Over Water", "Bakersfield", "Mark Twain", and "Better Men Than You". This subtle CD, with certainly
commercial (positively meant) aspirations has much to offer. Considering the potency of the
songwriting, I expect in the future Michael Joy will find himself being courted by numerous
record labels. Meanwhile, there's much here to enjoy on this excellent CD, "River Of Days"
Aug 05 review in Alt-Country (Netherlands)



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Ross Meyerson

fully realized debut
a little freedy johnston and a little jeff tweedy (freedy tweedy?) but that's just for a frame of reference. this album is quite unique and quite beautiful. do yourself a favor and check it out.

Michael Alan Kowal, musician/ songwriter

What a GEM! Check this guy OUT!
This Cd is a GEM! It has a depth and richness that speaks across many music genres from contemporary pop to the early days of Woody Guthrie. The simplistic yet intuitive lyrics and very tasty musical structures are exceptional creations of an obviously talented and experienced musician and songwriter. You GOTTA hear this CD!

Dan May

This CD is something special!
This is a CD that everyone should own. It has an honesty and integrity about it, both lyrically and musically, that is understated in it's delivery, but possessing both depth and clarity. Michael Joy is a singer- songwriter with a voice that makes the listener feel like they've known him for years. With a connecting thread that runs from song to song, making the entire album a cohesive unit, rather than a series of individual songs. The listener is made to feel that the singer knows some secret, and that that secret will be divulged in the next song. It's hard to choose a favorite, each song is memorable and worthy of multiple listenings, but "Bakersfield" is one of those songs that other songwriters wish they had written. Excellent from start to finish. I'm recommending it to all my friends who appreciate well-written and well-sung songs. Good stuff.

Cindy Luke

Awesome Brilliance!!
You will feel as though you have reunited with an old friend as you listen to this CD. I have played it for 2 days......memorized all the words...... don't try to stand still while listening. This is a must have!! Can't choose a favorite but To Climb would be in the top 3. Dynamic display of Talent!!!!!