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" Free Speech Blues' Possibly the most important Song of our Time"
- Hipster Zombie Joint magazine  2019
"One of The best singer songwriters undiscovered  ever! -  right up there w/ Early Dylan ,Springsteen & Tom Petty-
"Song of our time" is our pick as top 5 of the year " - Robert Kinsler OC Register - Nashville Times  Music worth buying & Desert star weekly 2018/2019

#6 MOJO MAGAZINE

                          Mojo monthly top 10 poll

"Truer to the

uncompromising spirit of

Hank Williams than most

have been over the last six

decades! Poetic social commentary- a street attitude"

                                Americana roots magazine

STARSHAKER

A Damn Near Perfect album, not a bad song on it

-- Red Dirt Music -Oklahoma

"Known as 'the Jack Kerouac of Americana music',Mike Ubaldini is an ever clever songwriter and far more subtle than the usual  noise."

                Ventura County Star

 

  "JEANIE LEES PHONE' from the  release 'BALLAD OF BRIAN JONES' -A Smash hit waiting to happen"                                     SHINDIG MAGAZINE UK

 

"

An individuality that many

major record companies seem to struggle with.

A rare talent in this age of sanitized music.-

 

                                         Americana roots magazine UK

"Great tunes as Michael's little lyrical bombs keep the brain engaged."--

                 Flying Shoes Review

 

 "Starshaker is an album that is very much of our time even while it is steeped in authentic songcraft that ensures it is a masterwork for the ages"      -Robert Kinsler.Rock n roll truth

“ MICHAEL HAS BEEN CALLED A ‘ROCK N ROLL POET’-A GIFTED WORDSMITH WITH AN EAR OF FINE TURN FOR A PHRASE-SOMETHING HE PUTS TO GOOD USE "-

Rock n Reel magazine UK

 

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"The song 'Someone should

put you on trial' would fit well on one of Bob Dylan's recent records. Its that good.

The words tune and arrangement have  economy & class
sharp lyrics- no wonder fans refer to Michael as -
The rock n roll poet""

- -----MAVERICK MAGAZINE  UK- 5 out of 5 stars review 

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MICHAEL UBALDINI 'The Rock n Roll Poet'

 

"BETTER THEN BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AT PROBING THE NATIONAL SOUL"-LOS ANGELES TIMES

                                            

Journalists & fans call him ‘The rock n roll poet.’ He's an Outlaw folk singer songwriter with a cause –songs of society,social struggles ,protest ,love ,rebellion& satire –

A man with a message .A voice of the forgotten regular people kicked around by life who beat the odds .He overcame death more than once –being told he’d never play music or walk again - even collapsing and dying right on stage only to rise up and survive.Thrown in a UK  jail while on tour ,hanging out with other immigrant's being held in the tank  from all over the world .Armed with his battered acoustic guitar,soulful harmonica  & his  songs , he has a perspective other songwriters don’t have,follows no one & goes where the winds takes him.

 

His most recent album release ‘Song of Our time’ recorded raw & live in the studio –   with guitar vocal's & harmonica recorded  all at once –no overdubs & was hailed as a top release of the year in The USA & UK. A raw Folk album with 21st century lyrics.

His Acoustic Rumble album was named “#1 release of the decade and #1 album of the year with the # 25 best song of the decade Poem to my country’ on the  years end  top 100 by  Los Angeles Times legendary  music journalist ‘Mike Boehm’ who also declared the album  ‘Better than Springsteen's Ghost of Tom Joad.

 The album also topped the New york ‘Village Voice Pazz & Jopp poll’ & named #1 by The Orange County register.

 

He has also garnered critical acclaim in the UK in hip & underground magazines and blogs.

 Mojo magazine named Michael #6 top release of the month and Shindig magazine naming his social commentary song  ‘Jeanie Lees Phone  from his acclaimed vinyl release ‘The Ballad of Brian Jones’ from 2018-“A smash hit waiting to happen” . Legendary Stones photographer Gered Mankowitz did the vinyl album cover.

 

Michael also has won numerous  awards for  “Best roots Album , Best Live Performer- Best songwriter – by The Southern California Los Angeles & Orange County music awards.- .Several music journalists in the USA & Europe  have dubbed Ubaldini “A Jack Kerouac in a black leather jacket”

 

The prolific songwriters  newest project is a raw collection of original folk songs with guitar and harmonica only- to be released  in 2020 as a follow up to the acclaimed 2019 album ‘Song of our time’, as well as the re-issue of the Indie folk classic

‘Acoustic Rumble legacy edition’.The new album is filled with protest songs ,life’s struggles & songs that don’t pussyfoot around.

 

Michael started playing guitar and writing songs at age 7.

The first songs he learned were Hank Williams Jambalaya and and Ray Charles ‘What I’d say’ both learnt from his Dad- He was an odd kid with a 137 IQ as a child  –This isolated him so he listened to records by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf ,CCR Robert Johnson & The Beatles,Bob Dylan & Woody Guthrie  instead of children's records.Early on  he played  county fairs and sang  at sideshows while barkers did card tricks.

When he got to high school it was -Folk music,roots rock n roll  & 1st wave Punk.

 

What always has set  Ubaldini apart from his contemporaries is his cross breeding of  styles blending folk music, early 20th century ballads & delta blues along with honky tonk and what some call 21st century protest songs with the attitude of a rocker.

His musical pioneering would later emerge as categories marketed  such as ‘Americana’ or ‘Alt Country – but Michael cant be labeled and came from a  more rebellious & artistic  dangerous side of the tracks , singing for the underdog, banging away on an acoustic guitar- He once was quoted saying:

 

“Because nobody would write these type of songs,people said I shouldn’t –– It didn’t fit in with mainstream pop or  these pay to someone else your money  for songwriting workshops where people conform to rules and don’t write what they live –Music needed an alternative to that. Someone had to write this type of songs . These things needed  to be sung so I wrote em’-

His fan base included & includes legendary artists such  The Late Joe Strummer of  Punk legends & rock n roll hall of famers 'The Clash' & ‘Brian Setzer’, both who would turn up at his live shows -the latter dueting on a song with Michael on his debut album produced by Lee Rocker

 

He has recorded albums At the Legendary Sun Studio in Memphis –

Capitol records Studio B in Los Angeles for his album 706 Union Ave  with his former  band ‘Mystery train’ for EMI –He has been featured numerous times at The Bluebird café  in Nashville &championed by The UK DJ Bob Harris.

He has done recent shows with artists diverse as  Judy Collins & The Kingston Trio to Dwight Yoakam.The Cramps, Don Mclean & Lucinda Williams-

His very first band ‘The Earwigs- (in his teenage greaser  Punk rock days) released a single now garnering 300 dollars by collectors .

 

He is a  published poet (His book Lost American nights lyrics& poems from Moon tide press now in its 2nd edition)-He also has been featured twice -CNN Headline News with two feature stories on his music. ABC's  ''Eye on LA'  caught him for a live TV  clip on stage  at

 'The Woody Guthrie Fest" in Echo Park CA. Despite his roots ,Michael is in no way ‘Retro’ and dismisses the term “just another label’' . His songs are  authentic & traditional but with 21st century lyrics relevant to there here and now -He’s packed a lot of songwriting ,singing & Outlaw folk music between his wild road life,cheap motels ,relationships and pool halls.

 

Michael is true American  songwriter

‘The rock n roll poet’