Biografia

C’è sempre stata musica nella vita di Jaime, sin da giovanissimo, da quando lo zio Joe gli insegnò i primi accordi al pianoforte a quando iniziò a cantare in latino nel coro della sua chiesa.

Ma furono soprattutto i dischi dei Kingston Trio, Peter Paul e Mary e Bob Dylan ha formarlo fino all’incontro con il folksinger di Boston Tom Rush che gli fece amare il mestiere di cantautore.

La carriera di Jaime continuò tra i bar e i pub di Boston e Cambridge, dove aprì concerti di musicisti del calibro di Dave Von Ronk, Doc Watson, Livingston Taylor, Jonathan Edwards etc.

Negli Anni 80 si dedicò al rock e rock’n’roll dando vita a una band nel South Carolina chiamata The Truly Dangerous Swamp Band, aprendo i concerti sempre di artisti molto blasonati quali Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, Delbert McClinton etc.

Negli Anni 90 lasciò il mondo del rock’n’roll per tornare al suo primo amore: la musica acustica e nel 1997 si trasferì a Santa Fe dove cominciò seriamente la sua carriera da songwriter.

In questi vent’anni ha registrato 10 dischi da solista e ogni lavoro è una sintesi di tutte le sue esperienze musicali e di ogni incontro fatto lungo la strada. Nel 2011 pubblica “The Man with the Time Machine” che vince il premio di album dell’anno al New Mexico Music Awards.

La cosa si ripete col successivo, “Unknown Blessing”, prodotto da Jono Manson.

Nel 2016 viene alla luce il suo ultimo disco “Once Upon a Different Time”, prodotto sempre da Jono e pubblicato dalla storica etichetta italiana Appaloosa Records.

Il nuovo disco viene accolto molto positivamente dalla critica e rimane per 4 mesi nella Top Ten della prestigiosa classifica Americana del circuito delle radio folk.

Jaime Michaels presenterà nel gennaio del 2017 il suo nuovo disco in Italia e sarà accompagnato dal polistrumentista Paolo Ercoli.

Ercoli è uno dei migliori suonatori Italiani di chitarra resofonica, più conosciuta come dobro, ed è anche uno dei più richiesti session man del cantautorato italiano e non, e dei vari circuiti Folk, Bluegrass, Country, data la sua versatilità nell’uso di altri strumenti come il mandolino e la pedal steel. In questi anni ha collaborato con artisti del calibro di Bocephus King (con cui ha suonato in occasione del Premio Tenco 2015 sul palco del Teatro Ariston di Sanremo), Kevin Welch, Jono Manson, Richard Lindgren, Radoslav Lorkovic, BettySoo, Tim Grimm, Matt Harlan e molti altri.

English bio

There has always been music in Jaimeʼs life, whether it was singing church hymns in Latin, his parents playing the old upright piano in the parlor, or his Uncle Joe teaching him his first chords. When Joe entered the army, he left an old guitar with Jaime, and later started to send Jaime albums by the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul & Mary and Bob Dylan. Then Jaime discovered the musician who, to this day, remains his all-time musical hero, Boston folkie Tom Rush. Tom was and is a genius at finding songs that speak universally. Jaime listened and learned. 

His musical journey began with solo gigs in the coffeehouses of Boston and Cambridge. This was followed by several years as a bass player in the acoustic trio, Beckett, opening shows for Livingston Taylor, Doc Watson, Dave Van Ronk and Jonathan Edwards, among others. 

The 80ʼs found Jaime living in the South Carolina low country, spreading his rock and roll wings as lead singer for cult rockers “the Truly Dangerous Swamp Band”. He spent eight years with the Swamp Band, crisscrossing the country playing colleges and bars, opening shows for rockers such as Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton and Paul Barrereʼs Bluesbusters. 

In the early 90ʼs, Jaime tired of the rock and roll road life and returned to his first love, acoustic music. In 1997 he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where, for the first time in his career, he began to seriously write. 

Heʼs recorded ten solo albums so far, each filled with finely crafted songs that showcase his passionate voice and the varied musical influences heʼs absorbed over the years. His 2011 release, “the man with the time machine” was named Album of the Year by the New Mexico Music Awards. He won the same award in 2014 for his album “unknown blessings”. 

That recording was released at Jaime’s concert at the 2013 Kerrville Folk Festival. The project was made up of primarily cover tunes written by artists with whom Jaime shares a love of the late night song circles at Kerrville. All money from the sale of the album is being donated to the Kerrville Folk Music Foundation for use at their summer Music Camp for Teens. In addition to New Mexico "album of the year", the album also won "song of the year for "dirty wine" (w/Annie Wenz) and producer Jono Manson won the "Norman Petty producer of the year" title. 

A new Jono Manson produced album called "once upon a different time" was released in the summer of 2016 both in the US (frumdahart/con artisti) and Italy (Appaloosa Records). So far it has spent three months on the American Folk-DJ charts, peaking in the top ten. Several tracks from the album are receiving airplay in the US, Australia, New Zealand and a half dozen European countries. It’s being well received by critics around the world. Future plans call for a European tour beginning in Italy in January of 2017. 

Jaime’s travels take him around the US and occasionally to Europe, playing house concerts, festivals, and arts venues. Just Jaime and his wonderfully worn Taylor guitar. And the songs. 

As Mark S.Tucker remarks in his FAME review of Jaimeʼs album, "the man with the time machine", “Michaels watches the side currents of life, not the hurtlingly frantic noise and 

images...far more the missed opportunities, the mistakes, the wrinkles in the heart. We may be living through the 21st century, but work like his takes us back to a Mayberry that's a lot scruffier around the edges, an indeterminate era when our fantasies about such things danced a little differently.”

Web site

http://www.jaimemichaels.com