With four full-length cds, tours, airplay and press, Bay Area band FAT OPIE continues to invent and reinvent what can be termed “Americana”. From the modern, electrified dynamics of their third release AIRSTREAM to the acoustic, live-performance record OTIS. Their satirical song “Gay In Texas” is now a favorite at the shows.
Successes include their song “Bullets in My Briefcase” winning a national band search sponsored by 7UP/SONICNET(MTV). This included a prize of $15,000. The song “Mouth Like a Trucker” was featured in the motion picture ALONG THE WAY.
The music stopped for several years when singer/songwriter Scott Mickelson became seriously ill. During that time bassist Robin Hildebrant began building his own recording studio. Inspired by the new possibilities, Mickelson started writing their strongest material to date. Their first new single released “New Orleans”, led to a distribution deal and a re-release of their growing catalogue.
Their fifth full-length cd VICTORYVILLE comes out July 2012 and is already being called their best work yet.
Both FAT OPIE and Scott Mickelson solo perform regularly.
NOTICES and AIRPLAY include:
• A & R Unlimited “Featured Artist of the Month”
• RaisedOnIndie.com “Track Of The Day”
• Skope Magazine “Artist To Watch”
• “Indie Revolution Radio Show” on WMIR 100.9 in NY
• “Homegrown Radio Show” on PIXY 103 FM in MA
• DigiVegas Podcast
• FM 102x “Song of the Day” (three songs)
• “Droppin Knowledge” on WMBR 88.1 FM in Boston
• “Top 40 Requests” Indie 104 Radio LA
• “Showcase Internet Radio Show”
• “The Songwriter's Network”
• “PirateCatRadio” 87.9 FM in San Francisco