Listen Here First — Mike Blackwell

April 18th, 2008 at 6:05 am

Mike Blackwell

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.

Joining Blackwell as backing musicians on the album are Kaitz, Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood of Trout Fishing in America, Donna Stjerna of Still on the Hill and many more.

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:

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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:

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To learn more about Blackwell and “Come Back To Me,” click here.