The Man From RavCon creates melodic instrumental music… music with a strong visual appeal designed to create images in the listener's mind… music that takes the listener someplace else.
Although lead singer/guitarist for his previous project, Charlotte, NC rock band, The Ravelers, The Man From RavCon, aka Mike Brown, is forgoing lyrics these days and offering up original melodies voiced by classic instruments such as electric 6-String, 12-String, baritone, bass and acoustic guitars as well as organ, Mellotron, piano and synthesizers.
With the January, 2010 debut release, Zombie Pimp Cowboys From Outer Space!, The Man From RavCon began his exploration of the sounds of spaghetti western, blaxploitation, and B-horror cinema. With influences drawn from a wide range of influences, this multi-genre release earned praise from a wide variety of listeners.
The debut was soon followed by the August 2010 release, Everything Is Golden. The focus here was guitar- driven surf rock, but the soundtrack element remained in evidence as exemplified by the featured arrangement of Ennio Morricone's classic Once Upon A Time In The West theme.
July, 2011 brought the release of The Man From RavCon Rides Again!, a guitar-based Spaghetti Western effort which incorporated diverse elements ranging from Country Swing to Progressive Rock. Deep surfy single-note guitar melodies, Hammond Organ, Mellotron Strings, Flute and Choir combined to give Rides Again! a sound described as "progressive twang".
Within months of the release of Rides Again!, The Man From RavCon released Night Of The Beast, a special download only project which payed homage to the atmospheric sounds of 70's and 80's cult horror films. It was quite a departure from the previous two guitar-based releases, but expanded on territory originally explored with the debut release, Zombie Pimp Cowboys.
In early 2012, The Man From RavCon was chosen by Austin, TX based Deep Eddy label to contribute three tracks to il Triello: Three Western Tales. Il Triello also included tracks by Austin's Nematoads, and Great Britain's Los Fantasticos and further explored the sounds of the Spaghetti Western genre.
August 2012, signaled the arrival of The Traveler. Showcasing his atmospheric blend of Surf, Spy, Psych-Prog, and Spaghetti Western sounds, The Traveler proved to be The Man From RavCon's most successful and critically acclaimed offering to date. The editors at Vintage Guitar Magazine were impressed enough with The Traveler to feature a glowing review in the top slot of their "Hit List" in the December 2012 issue.
Kaleidoscopic, Stratospheric, Transcendent, Euphoric... that's how some are describing The Man From RavCon's sixth full-length release, Skyscraper. Drawing on influences ranging from Pink Floyd, early King Crimson and early Moody Blues to Ennio Morricone and the melodic film scores of the 60's and 70's, Skyscraper's nine provocative instrumentals provide the listener with yet another cinematic journey for the mind.
Skyscraper was released on October 15, 2013 and received outstanding reviews from a variety of sources, including PROG Magazine. As with previous releases, promotional videos for Skyscraper are available for viewing on YouTube.