April 18th, 2008 at 6:05 am
After Mike Blackwell moved to Northwest Arkansas, he was inspired to make a rock ‘n’ roll album.
The problem is, his music is much more closely aligned with the sounds of Americana and folk. After a change of heart, and help from producer Emily Kaitz, Blackwell will release “Come Back To Me,” his debut CD, at a concert April 18 at GoodFolk Productions in Fayetteville. Admission to the 8 p.m. concert is $10; reservations can be made by calling 521-1812.
Many of Blackwell’s tunes — like those of Bob Dylan, a major inspiration for the local songwriter — tell a story, sometimes one very personal to its author.
For instance, “Glacier,” below, describes Blackwell’s final car ride with a former girlfriend:
Another song, “Oh Louisiana,” is told from the perspective of a Hurricane Katrina survivor struggling to move on with life after the disaster. The song was written just a few days after Katrina landed, Blackwell said:
To learn more about Blackwell and “Come Back To Me,” click here.