Michael Koppy

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“Michael Koppy’s Ashmore’s Store is the Best Album of the Year—and ‘All in the Timing’ is the best song this critic has heard in the past 30 years...This is great art...A work of genius.” — Paul Riley, Country Music People Magazine

“He brings a unique view of America, drawn from a storehouse of living...Ashmore’s Store occupies a genre entirely its own...it’s history, the present and the future, all distilled into a country-pop album that’s downright cinematic.” — Chris Spector, Chicago Midwest Record

“He thinks big and immediately grabs your attention...visionary, unique.”  — David Bowling, Seattle Post Intelligencer

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December 29:

        1. A whole lot of driving on the just completed tour of the South! YEE-OOW! But I met many, many good people all along the way. (The itinerary is posted on the TOUR DATES page of the web site here; click to it over on the left to see for yourself where and when I done been showin’ my face.) I’d like to give a special shout-out to so many Specific-Terrific folks that to even start in with naming people to thank will make me ashamed to have inadvertantly overlooked so many more. (I started doing it and quickly realized that was gonna be a long, LONG list!) If you’re here on this site because we met on my Tour of Dixie, I’d like to personally and sincerely thank you for taking the time—and having the interest and curiosity—to make your way to where I was playing. As there’s no way to do that on a general-to-the-public web site note like this doesn’t mean the gratitude is any less real. Thank you; I am in your debt.

        2. I may write up a kinda chatty wrap-up on the tour and send it to friends—did that after the Florida tour last year and they seemed to enjoy it. If you’d like to get a copy yourself, and learn the highs and lows of my idiosyncratic five weeks burnin’ up the pavement, 32 cities in 12 states, playin’ every single night from Annapolis to Austin, click over left and send an email. I’m not gonna just send it out to everyone on the whole big email list as to many people it wouldn’t be that interesting, and I don't like to self-indulgently waste folks’ time. (If you’d like to be on just the email list itself, of course—and don’t worry, I send at most two or three a year—click over left for the automatic form to do that.)

        3. My essay entitled “A Certain Tendency in American Songwriting” will finally—FINALLY(!), dammit—be up on the site here on February 1st. And as those who know me personally may attest, my thinkin’ on the subject is certainly provocative, often downright heretical. I’m sure whether you agree with propositions I put forth or not, that the essay will make you reconsider some, or even many, cultural notions that are pretty much accepted as unassailable truths. For a look at the topics covered, click over left to the INTRODUCTION page. And if you are intrigued or interested, be sure to click back after February 1st—I’ll be eager to get reactions, flaming denunciations, questions and contesting opinions.

        4. I was in beautiful Charleston South Carolina on Election Night—the night that America’s broke and baroque electoral system elevated a literal Diseased Piece of Disgusting Human Garbage to the presidency. It’s hard to maintain optimism in America in the face of that Odious and Vulgar Moron and his Army of Goosestepping Cockroaches (aka the Republican-Nazi Party—and I invite you to join me in always using that full and accurate name for the operation). I’m profoundly ashamed to be an American in the year 2017. Simply to exchange the inspirational vision and moral intelligence of Michelle and Barack Obama for the swaggering stupidity of that Putrid Sack of Used Toilet Paper (“Mr Grab ’Em by the Pussy”) is disheartening enough, but if he were to die tomorrow—while I’d immediately open a bottle of champagne to celebrate—that the Republican-Nazi Party would remain in complete control of all three branches of American government is a truly sad, sad measure of the degree of selfishness, racism, religious stupidity, hatred of women and moral cowardice so pervasive in my country. Yes, today I am ashamed to be an American. Full stop. And I apologize to my friends around the world for our national disgrace.

        But in the end, folks—after this maelstrom of despondency and hopelessness dissipates; as the Republican-Nazi Party and its Rancid Lowlife Darling cause more and more revulsion and failure—right thinking Americans will prevail. In the end, stupidity and cowardice always, always loses. The world will move forward, and we shall overcome.

Best wishes to all and thank you once again.      — Michael

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