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Michael Leonard Witham / Bio

In the summer of 2010, Michael Leonard Witham rummaged through a dumpster behind a strip mall in Shreveport Louisiana. An admitted "junk collector" since childhood, something caught his eye as he pulled his truck into the parking lot to glance at a map. On this day, the "junk" he found sitting atop the garbage and boxes, was a well worn Yamaha acoustic guitar with a slightly damaged body and no strings. Fresh off of a sound beating at the hands of the blackjack dealer at one of the casinos in town, Witham thought he might be able to make a few bucks off of the find. He took the guitar home, watched a few YouTube videos and got the instrument to where it was playable. A few mouse clicks and a few hours later, he found himself able to strum a few chords, albeit clumsily at first. In the coming weeks, as the instrument became more and more familiar, the songs almost effortlessly poured out. Words and melodies that told stories in a style reminiscent of the Townes Van Zandt and John Prine songs he'd discovered as a teen. It didn't take long for for Witham to realize he wanted to pursue music full time. In early 2011, a mere 5 months after the pivotal dumpster dive, he was chosen as one of a handful of artists to perform in the Arkansas Times Musician's Showcase, an annual music event in central Arkansas which features the best talent in the region. Over 200 bands submitted music, and Witham was the only solo performer selected on the strength of his home recordings made in a closet with an iphone. Between 2011 and 2013 Witham began performing in music venues in the South and created quite a buzz in his home state of Arkansas. Along the way, Witham continued to craft the songs that would eventually become "A Scandal In The Violets," the debut album from the gifted musician and songwriter who has been compared to anyone from Hank Williams to Jack White to Bruce Springsteen. The Big Takeover Magazine calls Witham "The real deal" and says that "A Scandal in the Violets has all the makings of a classic album, and if not, the stepping stones towards a future masterpiece." Prominent music website Absolutepunk says, "A Scandal In The Violets" is "One of the best Americana albums of the year." Michael Leonard Witham's raw, earnest, and unique blend of rock, soul, folk, and country will be introduced to the world on October 21, 2014 in the form of his debut 10 song album, "A Scandal In The Violets"

General Info

Artist Name
Michael Leonard Witham
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/michaelleonardwitham
Genres
Folk / Indie Rock / Alt.Country

Contact Info

Location
North Little Rock, AR

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