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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, he could never pass up the chance to turn trash in to treasure. On this day, the "junk" he found sitting atop the trash and boxes, was a well worn Yamaha acoustic guitar with a slightly damaged body and no strings. Witham took the guitar home, watched a few YouTube videos and got the instrument to where it was playable. Then he watched a few more to learn how to play it. As the chords became more and more familiar the songs effortlessly poured out. Words and melodies that told stories in a style that was "unique and anything but common." (The Saline Courier) 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 and 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 Saline Record) Witham has been called a "songwriter's songwriter" and his thought provoking lyrics and unique, raw vocal delivery drive his songs, songs which truly defy categorization and tend to explore all corners of the human heart. Witham's blend of rock, soul, folk, and country and his “colorful eye for character in song” (The Arkansas Times) has kept his local scene buzzing since his live debut. Michael Leonard Witham's highly anticipated 10 track record will be released in 2014.