"The Storytellers Tour" with Charley Orlando, Chris Merkley, and Mike Powell
Charley Orlando is the essence of heart in music. Having released 16 albums Charley continues to paint outside the lines of convention. In his 25 plus year career he has been added to the Grammy entry ballot a total of 28 times and played over 3,000 shows in North America.
The current sound Charley has created is called "Organica Groove" which builds on his groundbreaking sound of "Acid Folk" from his early days on the road. This music comes from the heart and combines an acoustic approach with modern technology by using Ableton Live (computer program) as a platform to build and explore his songs. His songwriting is in the realm of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Ryan Adams, and Jeff Tweedy but at the same time nothing like any of them. There are artists who ride waves and artists whom part the sea creating a new sound. Charley has been parting the sea his whole career and this music is no exception.
Chris Merkley has performed over a thousand shows from the streets of Paris to venues throughout Europe and across the United States. He has released nine albums with a variety of groups which include songwriting duo Merkley & Morgan, acoustic American roots rock band The Crooners, and the swampy blues rock trio of Digger Jones.
In addition to an extensive career of recording and touring, Merkley has composed and produced an extensive catalog of original music for TV and has songs featured in several independent films. In 2008, he created a number of original compositions for HBO's critically acclaimed series, 'Generation Kill' and has since collaborated with Free Man Music and fellow Old Boy artists to compose custom original music for Cinemax, HBO Latino, and Max Latino.
Merkley is currently performing solo, as well as with Merkley & Morgan, The Crooners, and Digger Jones in the New York area.
Mike Powell left the Town of Champion in 2001 and went on to Syracuse University where, in four years, he became the most decorated college lacrosse player in the history of the sport. After college, despite being the number one draft pick in both professional lacrosse leagues, Mike declined the offers to play professionally and instead packed up his guitar and hit the road to play music in coffee shops and folk houses all over the American west. He is an open-chested free spirit and an absolute prolific writer with over 200 songs already in his arsenal.
His words are honest and his performances are captivating, intimate, and interactive. His powerful silky voice is oozing with blue eyed soul. He somehow blends folk with soul and country to create a sound that is as unique as his personality.
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