I was asked to play a solo set at one of my all time favorite listening rooms the Lost Church (SF) on January 9. This will be a record release show for a wonderfully talented new songwriter named Andrew St. James. It will sell out so please consider getting your advance tickets here.
Friday, March 7th at Brick & Mortar (SF). I will be introducing the new band MICKELSON. Some familiar faces from Fat Opie and some new faces and songs. We are thrilled to be opening for LUCE. This will be an amazing evening! Stay tuned for more info.
“Scott Mickelson and his band Fat Opie are changing Americana with Victoryville, which I see as a musical oeuvre much like Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology is in poetry, an exploration of the reality of Suburban America recast almost as mythology and archetype. This academic description belies the fact that this is cutting edge music.” - Pacific Sun
SeattleWaveRadio with Scott Mickelson regarding Northwest tour.
“Scott Mickelson will shatter your idea of what an "Americana banjo guy" is supposed to sound like. His voice draws comparisons to Eddie Vedder, his banjo work to Keith Richards, and his songs tell deep, timeless stories. He is very much not your typical folk singer drone.”
GroundSounds in L.A. selected “Victoryville” as their Fresh New Album. (full review)
Recent interview in the San Francisco Chronicle.
“With an Updike-eye for quick character study, Mickelson creates everyday people and the unvarnished nuances of their daily lives.....He’s become the Tracey Ullman character sketcher of songwriting, where his songs are microcosms of American society.”(full review) Music News Nashville
“There is a rambling roots feel in the songs of many San Francisco area based bands such as American Music Club, Counting Crows and, on a Pop level, Train. Fat Opie are members of that club... AlternateRoot.com
“The newest release from this San Francisco-based trio rolls out of the speakers like a freight train threatening to leave the tracks and rarely slows down.” - Rapid River Magazine
“In times that acts like Mumford & Sons rules the airwaves, there should be room for one more and let it be Fat Opie. KeysandChords.com
REVIEWS & Compilation
Review of Victoryville at AudiophileReview.com
Review of Victoryville. We're big in Belgium. The translation is “interesting”. www.billybob.be
MAGNET Magazine included FAT OPIE “Victoryville” in their “What Record Are You Most Looking Forward To” poll.