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A Decent Man

by Michael Weston King

Leading British singer-songwriter fusing country, folk and pop. "Part Nashville balladeer and part Alt Country hero - a cross between Nick Cave and Rodney Crowell"
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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1. Celestial City
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2. The Wooden Hill
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3. A Decent Man
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4. Love in Mind
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5. Mother Tongue
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6. High Days Holy Days
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7. The Englishman's Obsession With America
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8. When You Leave the Spotlight
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9. Always the Bridesmaid (never the Bride)
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10. Where the Stars Dont Shine
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11. Blues, Red and Grey
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
MICHAEL WESTON KING - Biog. 2004

Michael Weston King came to prominence as founder, leader, singer and songwriter with Britain's premier "Alt. Country" band, The Good Sons. The Good Sons were the first British band to sign to Glitterhouse Records, for whom they have recorded three much lauded albums. They then also became the first British band to sign to the Austin label, Watermelon Records, who released the band's third album, Angels In The End, in America in 1998. Their fourth, best, and final album, Happiness, was released to unanimous critical acclaim in 2001 before the band went their separate ways in 2002.

In recent four years Michael has toured all over Europe and America, sharing the bill with many great artists (Nick Cave, John Cale, Steve Earle, Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Rodney Crowell, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, Joe Henry and Ron Sexsmith amongst many others) and earning a formidable reputation as a stunning live attraction, due to the stark, intensity of his performances which have seen Michael compared to some of his favorite performers....Tim Hardin and Phil Ochs . Added to this is his growing reputation as a songwriter of the highest caliber; his songs have been covered by a number of established artists. The highest compliment being when one of the worlds greatest songwriters, Townes Van Zandt, cut a version of his song, Riding The Range.

Since 1999 Michael has released three solo albums. The dark, stark and painful God Shaped Hole which was written whilst hiding in Switzerland following a disastrous year that saw him nearly killed in a bus crash when on tour in Germany, the recently signed US record deal turn sour as Watermelon went bankrupt, the band's manager leave them for Nick Cave, and the band's mercurial guitarist leaving the UK for Italy... and the arms of another!

But out of adversity came a stunning album..........

Real "Blood on the Tracks" stuff, King's voice is superb. Utterly compelling, beautifully wrought, a masterpiece.Time Out

Like Phil Ochs or Townes Van Zandt, King transmutes squalor and self-laceration into pure gold....his craft seems to thrive on adversity. God Shaped Hole never deviates from single-minded brooding intensity, and never once strikes a false note. A classic, but at what cost? The Times ****4/5

In 2002, and after 200 solo shows across Europe and America, King released Live...In Dinky Town. A collection of live, solo and very intimate performances gathered from these shows and taken from places as far flung as Hamburg, Austin, Amsterdam, Bilbao and his spiritual home of Manchester

One of Britain's most eloquent singer-songwriters with a live selection of some of his most memorable songs performed in stripped down fashion. Achingly beautiful stuff. MWK's voice soars and his guitar is loud...a front man going it solo, not a laid back folkie. The Daily Express ***** 5/5

The acoustic troubadour route is a road worn and scarred down the long years, but when infused with as much feeling, unabashed honesty (and occasional humor) as this, its' strength remains undiminished. "Live...In Dinky Town" is a living testament to that fact. Whisperin'' & A Hollerin''



The album also featured contributions from two friends and fellow travellers, Jackie Leven and Andy White with whom Michael formed "An Englishman, An Irishman and a Scotsman" and which toured the UK, Spain, Germany and Holland in 2000 and 2001.

Following his appearance at The Folk Alliance Conference in Jacksonville, Florida in February 2002 Michael returned to the US in the fall for a 24 date coast to coast American tour as well as numerous radio and tv appearances.

A Decent Man, hailed as "his finest album yet" , was released in May 2003 and the press were unanimous in their praise. Produced by Jackie Leven and featuring a clutch of stunning British guests, including Crazy Horse collaborator, and former Icicle Works front man, Ian McNabb, it was a departure from his previous solo albums, and indeed from his work with The Good Sons. Taking a further step away from Alt.Country, A Decent Man is a big sounding record that combines Michaels love of Pop, Soul, Folk and Country...

A guitar album of exquisite beauty and fine country-flavoured pop. And the songs...well they've always been his strong point, every one's a winner. A great British album that crosses all the boundaries.
The Daily Express ****5/5

He's quietly knocked out another masterpiece. A tantalizingly fine album, his third classic in a row.
Whisperin & Hollerin*********9/10

Tales of small town importance and big city loneliness, self-delusion and riveting honesty. A resonant and vivid album
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Packed with good songs......romantic, a touch jaded, convincing. Mojo ****4/5

A hugely accomplished album. His strongest work to date.
www.americana-uk.com ****4/5

Forever on the road, Michael has played 150 shows all over the world since the albums release. It has found it's way onto to countless playlists across Europe, America and Canadian, and has re-confirmed Michael as:
One of the greatest songwriters at present (and I'm being serious). Feedback10/10

Sept 2004 sees the release of Cosmic Fireworks-The best of The Good Sons, a beautifully packaged double cd that gathers together his finest songs from his time as frontman with the band, and looks set to renew interest in one of Britians finest and must underated outfits

"This 'countryfied' body of work might be the most precious rediscovery of the year!".
Rolling Stone ****(4 stars)

An awesome collection that can only make you want to search out the full original albums
Maverick *****(5 stars)

A celebration of one of our finest bands
UnCut ****(4 stars)

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