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Mike Strauss / Press

“All eight songs feel smartly measured but without a whiff of contrivance, which is a pretty neat trick. And by doing the most with the hybrid approach, the horn-enriched "Gabriel's Song" and the country-soulful "In Search of a New Beginning" earn standout nods.”

“His bluesy alt-country is lyrical and emotional, and his raggedy burr falls somewhere between Billy Joe Shaver and Mark Knopfler.”

"I was impressed by Mike Strauss... his songs had a bluesy, rootsy feel to them. He seemed one of those genuinely honest artists, shyly geeky and just happy to be up there playing -- which is a high compliment, I think!"

“With an almost aw-shucks-like demeanor, Strauss is able to pen simple yet compelling narratives that draw listeners in close and then keep ’em there. We also happen to really like his songs because they’re as genuine as the songwriter himself.”