Michael McNevin's songs read like short stories, full of heart, humor, and a keen eye for detail. Accomplished guitar work and seasoned vocals underscore the characters and places he comes across in his travels - conversations, odd jobs, narrow escapes, teenage years to old man years. A scarecrow in love, a busking clown on a Michigan lake, a trailer mechanic in Barstow, all topics that populate his story songs.
Michael grew up in the train town of Niles, CA, where Charlie Chaplin filmed The Tramp, and where the first set of railroad tracks entered the SB Bay Area in 1869. It’s like Mayberry with a head shop. Some of Michael’s songs draw from town quirks and adventures.
Michael has shared stages with the likes of Johnny Cash & The Carter Family, Donovan, Shawn Colvin, Richie Havens, Robert Earl Keen, Iris Dement, Rosanne Cash, Greg Brown, and many others. He’s been a main-stager at numerous festivals to include Kerrville, Strawberry and High Sierra.
Quotes and Booking Information
“Michael is one of folk music’s best kept secrets. His voice is hypnotic, his guitar playing
superb...” ~ Christine Lavin
“I don’t know what’s best about ‘Sketch’ - Michael McNevin’s music or his Etch-A-Sketch drawings
that accompany each song. McNevin is a singer songwriter of the highest order...”
~ Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Michael will tour solo or in CA with his band "The Spokes". He will be planning an east coast run in late 2023.
Michael lives in Niles, CA and hosts shows at his venue The Mudpuddle. He is open to touring most parts of the US and Canada, Acoustic venues, Folk Series, Listening Rooms, Festivals, and house concerts.