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by Michael Merenda

“What distinguishes Merenda bucolic bebop from a host of other indie singer/songwriters? Honesty. Well, that and the fact that he's exponentially more creative than others." - shuteye /// BEAUTIFUL, INTELLIGENT, NEW-FOLK WITH AN OLD SOUL
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Michael Merenda is a wordsmith, vocalist and guitarist who has long recognized that a good song has the ability to improve the world. On both an intensely personal and universal level Merenda’s work strives to entertain as well as illuminate. His early fascination with the socially conscious writings of Bob Marley and Bob Dylan met head-on with the arrival of young, smart, outspoken artists such as Ani Difranco and Dan Bern, furthering the young writer’s blossoming ideology that politics need not be polarizing and dry, but alive, vibrant and inspiring.

Merenda’s inventive approach to songmaking has been described as “zen.” He’s not one to premeditate a song or to fish stories out of newspapers, but rather he hoists his antenna and dials in frequencies already alive inside himself and the atmosphere. As a result, there are plenty of catchy hooks and memorable lines, but they come at you like approaching headlights on a dark, two-lane highway.

His travels with internationally acclaimed string-band, The Mammals, have made Merenda exceedingly comfortable on stage. His signature breathy voice has hints of Nick Drake and M.Ward and in performance this soft delivery works like a magnet. Outspoken, brave, strange and beautiful, familiar yet unique, Michael Merenda is a talent to watch in this songwriting renaissance of the 21st century

“Remember basic good songwriting? This will remind you.”
- KZSU Stanford

“One hell of a fine songmaker. The songwriter for the western world.”
- U. Utah Phillips

“Some of the most original stuff coming from any current singer-songwriter.”
- John Stifler, Daily Hampshire Gazette

“...Poetry that singer-songwriters have been fighting to achieve since the 1960s. Merenda's ability to find humor in charged topics without sacrificing his own viewpoint makes [him] remarkable.”
-Sarah Meador, Rambles.NET

“What distinguishes Merenda bucolic bebop from a host of other indie singer/songwriters? Honesty. Well, that and the fact that he's exponentially more creative than others...Not only is this stuff eccentric enough for college radio, but it’s professional enough to dazzle the Americana airwaves - great crossover music."
- Ryan Hoffer, Shut Eye Records


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Jeff Rosenberg

Secret Threat
Dan Bern, Michael Merenda

Doug Fir | 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663 [map]
[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Every decade has its state-of-the-art folk-rock band. This decade's is the Mammals, most often noted for featuring Pete Seeger's grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger and fiddler Jay Ungar's daughter Ruth. But the band's secret threat is songwriter Michael Merenda, seemingly descended not just from one famous folkie, but the entire folk tradition itself. His songs range from sensitive, breathy ballads to audibly grinning political broadsides. He opens tonight for Dan Bern—this decade's state-of-the-art troubadour. JEFF ROSENBERG. Doug Fir. 9 pm. $12. 21+.