Storytellers are the heart and soul of songwriting. The combination of the written word and an acoustic guitar that 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 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.
Mike Powell is currently writing for his fifth solo release while playing a summer full of northeast tour dates. The latest single, Twenty One Rounds, is a story of a fallen Navy sailor and was conceived when Powell was selected to participate in the Acoustic Guitar Project in 2016. The studio version was released via Powell’s social media channels on Memorial Day 2018. It was delivered to streaming services for a wider release two weeks later. A solo EP is expected late summer 2018 and another record from Mike Powell & The Black River is slated for early 2019. Powell will return to the road in 2019 bringing the new music to venues nationally.
Outside of music, Powell owns and maintains Rising Feather, an art studio specializing in woodworking and other artisanal crafts.