Starting slow and building is “Poison Diamond” by Mike Powell, a country song that is perfect for escaping into a glass of whiskey thinking of love lost. “Poison Diamond” reminds me of getting drunk on a week day while the sun is still out. “Poison Diamond” makes me feel not so alone through hard times. The production is organic and authentic and the playing though subtle is skillful though most notable during the guitar solo at around 3:30 where the player lets the feedback swell just the right amount before playing a new lick while the song itself lies on top of an organ that gives it that southern atmosphere. Please see attached artist biography below and link to stream.
“Storytellers are the heart and soul of songwriting. The combination of the written word and an acoustic guitar has been at the core of folk music for decades and Mike Powell follows in that tradition. A songwriting veteran with over two hundred songs in his catalog, Powell’s selected several dozen of those songs for the four albums & one EP that have been released since 2010. Many more of the songs have found their way into the live experience as a solo act or with the five-member band that he fronts, Mike Powell & The Black River.
The stage is where Powell thrives. He’s completed two nationwide tours and generally plays upwards of 150 shows a year where he not only delivers stories in song but also engages the audience with the narrative behind the writing of some of the music. His songs are relatable and connect with the audience whether it’s in an intimate listening room, over craft beer in a brewery tap room or speaking to larger audiences on a festival stage. Shows are less about Powell playing to an audience and feel more like he is playing with them.
Shelter Without Walls, is Powell’s first EP and was released on October 5, 2018. Similar to his other solo efforts, Shelter Without Walls is a guard down honest approach to recording music – its raw and real. The EP was mixed/mastered by Patrick MacDougall (David Crosby, Jaymay, Robben Ford, The Band).”