michael wohl : news
8/26/14:
West Coast tour starts a week from tomorrow. I return on 9/15 and will be back in Seattle. I'll be back to teaching guitar lessons so if you or someone you know is interested you can get a hold of me and we can discuss rates and scheduling.

8/14/14:
A few weeks ago I sat down and talked with Bart Cameron for a piece that's featured on American Standard Time. Check out the conversation here.

Thanks Bart, Greg, and AST

also check out this interview I did with my friend Mark Nelsen for his podcast, Checking In


8/11/14:
I played a short set on Plastic Jet Airline's live streaming show over the weekend. Check it out here if you missed it.

7/15/14:
Michael Wohl - West Coast Fall Tour 2014
9/03 WEED, CA - Weed Alehouse
9/04 SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Vortex Room
9/05 LOS ANGELES, CA - Lot 1 Cafe
9/06 SAN DIEGO, CA - TBA
9/09 EUREKA, CA - Siren's Song Tavern
9/10 CORVALLIS, OR - Les Caves Bier
9/11 PORTLAND, OR - Turn Turn Turn
9/13 SEATTLE, WA - Cafe Racer
9/14 VANCOUVER, BC - Jackalope's Neighbourhood Dive

can't wait to hit the road and see all you beautiful people of the West...tell your friends and come say hello

7/07/14:
Some new gigs added. Pretty stoked to be playing Columbia City Blues Fest. It's presented by KEXP and American Standard Time at the Columbia City Theather on August 16. Also gonna be playing Smoke Farm's Burning Beast fundraiser up in Arlington on July 20 this year. Gonna play some cosmik blues and light a big wooden goat on fire

6/26/14:

"Song of Impermanence" video from the 7" release at Cafe Racer, Seattle WA / thanks Alex Hagenah for the video

6/18/14:
Pick up this week's issue of Seattle Weekly and check out my conversation with Dave Cantor about guitars, Fahey, Basho, and the roots & tendrils of guitar exploration

"His latest release, a two-song 7-inch on Knick Knack Records, is a glimpse into his eccentric solo style. A-side “Moonfeeder” opens with a mid-tempo stutter before moving into its bucolic statement, as Wohl adds rhythmic variations and blues references. It’s still a tincture comprising ideas Fahey began exploring about 50 years ago, but Wohl’s interests are clearly broader, as he’s keenly aware of what happened to the style’s progenitors and wants to avoid a similar fate.

Even in a two-song release, he’s able to imprint his personality on such a stubborn genre; this indicates not just skill, but that American Primitivism, even with its limitations, can and will persist in some form. It’s just up to Wohl and this new cadre of players to figure out where to take it."
- Dave Cantor, Seattle Weekly

full article here

Get your copy of Moonfeeder / Song of Impermanence at Knick Knack Records

6/16/14:
New writeup of the 7" on Tiny Mix Tapes today...

(It's)...“Song of Impermanence,” where Wohl begins to expand his Takoma influenced tendrils back into the history of his home base of Seattle. There’s a bit of psychedelia on display as the song progresses from its ancestral roots. As Wohl begins to get lost in the cat’s cradle melody, it begins to free his fingers and expand the sound. It’s subtle but you’ll pick it up after a few listens – and you will listen repeatedly." - Justin Spicer

read the full review here


I released four songs from a live set on Hollow Earth Radio recently. You can download for free (or pay if you like)


Playing this Sunday (6/22) at the Mix in Georgetown too

6/03/14:
Some new gigs added. Sign up for my email list to stay current on gigs & other news.

5/07/14:
Thanks to WFMU for the airplay last week!

Here's a new writeup of "Moonfeeder" / "Song of Impermanence" 7":

"“Moonfeeder” is the shorter and more melancholic of the two, but even so, it retains some movement and an underlying sweetness of melody and rhythm, though while it starts out minimal and somewhat ominous, the bulk of the bounce arrives somewhere around the middle of “Song of Impermanence,” which begs for a soft blues delivery, sans feigned twang but given to storytelling.

...a quick, picturesque release that does little to convey the stereotyped grit or rain-soaked depressiveness of Wohl‘s Seattle base of operation, but maybe escapism is part of the appeal in creating a work like this. If I have one regret as regards the single, it’s that there isn’t more to get lost in."


-HP Taskmaster, The Obelisk (full review)

buy at Knick Knack Records


4/26/14:
Four song collection of tunes I performed live on Hollow Earth Radio a few weeks ago



4/23/14:
Moonfeeder / Song of Impermanence 7" is now available worldwide from Knick Knack Records! Really stoked to have this one out there, it's been a long time coming and a lot went into it. The record release is this Saturday, 4/26 at Cafe Racer.

Get yours here

4/09/14:
Have a few gigs coming up, most notably the record release for the Moonfeeder / Song of Impermanence 7". The gig is April 26 at Cafe Racer in Seattle and the record is officially out on April 22. The record release show also features some good friends and is FREE.

3/04/14:
Eight Pieces for Solo Guitar cassettes are SOLD OUT. Thanks everybody. I have a handful that I will sell at my gigs in March & April but that's it. You can buy the album digitally on Bandcamp.

"Moonfeeder" / "Song of Impermanence" has an official release date...April 22nd with a record release show April 26 at Cafe Racer.

2/27/14:
"The Seattle musician eschews the city’s current penchant for pop folk and synthesized experiments in favor of some traditional plucking, sliding, and strumming...Eight Pieces keeps it bare so you can hear the skill and jubilation of playing guitar rather than the heady study of the art form." - J Spicer, Tiny Mix Tapes Cerberus

2/25/14:
I have some gigs coming up that, including a performance in tribute to Harry Smith and his life's work. The performance is a part of Hollow Earth Radio's Magma Fest 2014. Very humbled to be a part of this one...it will be a one of a kind night. Here is the link for tickets, there is limited capacity so please buy yours early.

Check out what's going on in the coming months.

2/17/14:
Eight Pieces for Solo Guitar cassettes are almost sold out. Hanging on to the last few I have for upcoming gigs. There are just a few left for mailorder...get it while you can.

2/16/14:
"Wohl explores various tunings and moods, with nods to blues, zen guitar techniques and folk styles, all performed with an economic grace." - The Modern Folk Music of America

2/11/14:
Jamming out on Sam McGee's old country blues waltz, "Knoxville Blues"



2/08/14:
Check out Sideways Through Sound, hosted by Mark, Thee Sonic Assassin on 2SER FM radio out of Sydney AU. They've given some airplay to a bunch of my songs and the show features a lot of great artists.

1/24/14:
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1/06/14:
Just got word from the pressing plant that Moonfeeder / Song of Impermanence is finished and ready to ship to Seattle. Pre-order at Knick Knack Records

12/31/13:
Eight Pieces for Solo Guitar made Drug Punk's Best of 2013. Thanks & happy New Year everybody.

12/19/13:
Eight Pieces for Solo Guitar is The Obelisk Radio's Add of the Week, accompanied by an in-depth review.

"It should probably go without saying that Michael Wohl‘s Eight Pieces for Solo Guitar has an intimate vibe. (Wohl) manages to explore a range of emotional expressions within the decidedly minimal atmosphere...

...fortunately there’s very little of the cloying-at-authenticity in what Wohl does that one often finds in neo-Americana folk. And it’s not simple by any means."
- HP Taskmaster, The Obelisk

The full review can be read here

12/03/13:
One take of a medley I've been working on lately. Guest appearance courtesy of Elwood the cat.


11/26/13:
A review from Noise in the Zen Arcade has some kind words for Eight Pieces for Solo Guitar. A favorable comparison to Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and John Fahey? Humbled to say the least.

"Growing up, I heard quite a bit of folk and blues from the latter half of the 20th century, but once in a while my dad would put on something closer to this, and I always found it mesmerizing. The pure moods distilled into self-accompanied chord melodies have a transportive quality. There's a fear in me that despite the all-encompassing archival nature of the internet, music like this is at risk of being lost. So I'm glad Wohl is out there, still making it heard. Maybe it'll move some of you to pick up a guitar and learn to play like John Hurt."

Read the full review here.

11/08/13:
Check out this in-depth review of Eight Pieces for Solo Guitar courtesy of Drug Punk
"There's music for every mood, for every time of day, on here, and Wohl's always been good at writing songs to the tune of Old Man Time, that is to say, the witching hour when shit's weird, there ain't many people around, and you can only focus on one or two things,"

"Wohl's plucking style has forced even me to consider that there may in fact be rays of sunshine poking through the incipient autumnal gloom. Even more impressively, he conveys this plucky mood without words: the best instrumentalists say more without speaking than most singers can get across their whole career."

Still have some cassettes left, you can buy one here

10/02/13:
-Test pressings for Moonfeeder / Song of Impermanence have been approved.


Drug Punk describes the Moonfeeder / Song of Impermanence 7" as:
"...a bit of lonesome midnight solitude...the song soars off into ethereal heights, closing on a note of perfect, spacy elegance...The musos among my readers will enjoy this two-song EP for the masterful guitarwork. The rest of us can get into it for the mood."



-A limited run of cassettes of Eight Pieces for Solo Guitar are available. Cassette includes liner notes and a download code for a digital copy of the album.

thoughtful words on "Lonesome No More" from Eight Pieces for Solo Guitar:
"...a meditative solo acoustic instrumental...“Lonesome No More” transitions from slowly strummed, partially arpeggiated chords to a more intricate, reverb-drenched figure to folk and country picking and back again. It’s a studied, hypnotic performance that never falls prey to guitar heroics or loss of momentum – even after the 4 minute mark...wholly satisfying in its straightforwardness."
-Jon Rooney