Drawing inspiration from soul music, classic singer/songwriters and socially conscious artists like John Lennon and Bob Marley, Mike de la Rocha has been described as a modern day Bob Dylan with emotional lyrics and heartfelt songs that seek to heal and inspire.
Although the hard-working, modest singer/songwriter smiles at those comparisons, de la Rocha teamed up with his cousin Milan de la Rocha in 2011 to form MDLR to expand the reach and sound of his music. Since then, MdlR have won fans over by exploring different (and often challenging) musical textures while taking their brand of acoustic folk-rock all over the United States and Europe.
The following live album captures the essence and spirit of MDLR's Living Rooms Across America Tour, a nationwide tour that brought people together in a new and exciting way to stimulate conversation, build community and inspire people to get involved in local and national efforts to positively change our world.
The Living Rooms Across America Tour began on July 6, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona and ended on election night, November 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The tour visited 10 cities in 10 states in the 10 weeks leading up to the Presidential election. Tour stops included: Phoenix, AZ; New York City, NY; Charlotte, NC; Detroit, MI; Fairfield, IA; Jackson, MS; New Orleans, LA; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, D.C., and; Los Angeles, CA.
With memorable performances in front of thousands of people, including shows at the Democratic National Convention, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and at the annual Interdependence Day Conference, the tour provided community members with the tools to create greater awareness of important issues affecting us all and helped connect non-profit organizations nationally.
For more information on MDLR and The Living Rooms Across America Tour visit www.onestorymanyvoices.com and www.mikedelarocha.com