Michael Fracasso is a genre-crossing artist incapable of repeating himself. His critically acclaimed work includes nine distinctive solo CDs, recorded duets with bothPatty Griffin and Lucinda Williams, an epic reinterpretation of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero,” memorable tributes to Woody Guthrie,Mickey Newbury and Townes Van Zandt, , two created alongside his gifted friend/producer/guitarist Charlie Sexton (Back To Oklahoma and World In A Drop Of Water). In 2011 he was short listed for the Austin Public Library Award for literary achievement.
Fracasso’s oft-celebrated songwriting has reached new heights on his latest collection, Here Come The Savages. veteran recording artist Michael Fracasso has once again asserted himself as a miraculous American songwriter and truly exceptional singer, as well as a gifted interpreter of well-chosen covers. An authentic Texas musician born of Italian parents he spent years working the New York folk scene while mentored by the great Doc Pomus, Michael Fracasso follows a grand aesthetic compass found in a rare few.
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
I suppose any instrument in the right hands is sexy. Bobby Gentry playing acoustic guitar on "Ode to Billy Joe" , Chet Baker with a trumpet, Howl'n Wolf with an electric guitar, Joni Mitchell at the piano, Bod Dylan singing "Lay Lady Lay" the list goes on and on, so I think the instrument itself is just a conduit.
3: What was the worst advice?
"When someone gives you free advice you better take it." This from the first publisher in NYC who wanted all my publishing for $50.
4: What was your first concert?
Kitty Wells at the Wheeling Jamboree in Wheeling, WVA, I must have been about 9. I was stunned by her performance and her songs.
5: What/where is the best road food?
OKC has the best breakfast food (2 outstanding South American restaurants) and the the best the best Asian food all within a 1/4 radius of the Blue Door.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
"Go west." Given to me by Karen Berg who was an A&R person for Warner Bros after my show at CBGB's. She suggested that I needed to experience the music scene outside of NYC.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
Chance the Rapper