I've Been Dragging These Old Songs Around

Michael R. J. Roth

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Four songs by an award-winning songwriter Lori McKenna called "brilliant," featuring songs co-written with Eryn Michel, Mike P. Ryan and Harri Wolf.

"I've been dragging these old songs around like suitcases of clothes that smell like hell. I've got a feeling that the devil has been onto me. He knows about the stories I can never tell."

Recorded by Sam Negri/Mesa Studio at the University of New Mexico.

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Streets of Seattle

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"On the streets of Seattle, in the misty morning rain, a broken spirit leans on an old lamppost, hanging out like the Holy Ghost."

Written by award-winning songwriters Michael R. J. Roth and Mike P. Ryan, and recorded at the University of New Mexico by Sam Negri.

Michael R. J. Roth has been called “a cool dark troubadour…a modern day poet not unlike Townes Van Zandt” and ”a Jedi songwriter" whose songs display “unique and exceptional lyric writing” with "a real John Prine feel." Lori McKenna called him "brilliant." Roth was the winner of the 2019 NSAI Song Contest for lyrics and received a Gold Award for lyrics from the Songwriters Association of Washington. His song "Homeless Sky" has been included in Hope 4 Restoration's Top 100 list of songs about homelessness More about Michael R. J. Roth: http://www.easyheroes.com/

Mike P. Ryan draws on his humble roots and uses his keen eye for detail to craft heartfelt songs about the struggles and triumphs of everyday life. Mike’s smooth, clear vocal style is regularly compared to classic Singer/Songwriters like James Taylor and Jackson Browne while his evocative lyrics reflect the influences of musical wordsmiths like Robert Earl Keen, Richard Shindell, and Jeffrey Foucault. Mike has won a host of prestigious national and international songwriting awards including: two Gold Medals and the Grand Prize Award in The Mid-Atlantic Song Contest; First Place in the Folk/Acoustic Category of the UK Songwriting Contest; and First Place overall in the Dallas Songwriter's Association Songwriting Contest. He is a two-time finalist in The Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk competition, a top 10 finisher in The Al Johnson Wildflower Performing Singer/Songwriter Contest, and a Bronze Medal winner in American Songwriter Magazine’s Lyrics Contest. More about Mike P. Ryan: https://mikepryanmusic.com/

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The Price of a Song

Michael R. J. Roth

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Winner of the 2019 Nashville Songwriters Association lyric competition

"The price of a song is the last glimpse of beauty Before you go blind The wounds of a soldier cut down under fire The scar left behind The tears of a mother with a child in her arms The Judas kiss of a faithless lover Who will rip out your heart For the price of a song"

An anthem for songwriters, written by Michael R. J. Roth (lyric winner of the 2019 NSAI/CMT song contest) and Eryn Michel (winner of the American Songwriter magazine lyric contest). Lori McKenna called Roth "brilliant." Eryn Michel's "Old Habits" was a Nashville Songwriter's Association International Top 40 favorite, and she was named a TAXI Top 10 Favorite.

Michael R. J. Roth: http://michaelrjroth.com/ Eryn Michel: https://erynmichel.com/

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What We Really Mean When We Say Love

Michael R. J. Roth

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The Working Sessions 2 "An AMAZING songwriter!" -- Mary Dawson, "I Write the Songs"

Unplugged acoustic love songs from the archives going back to the 1980s and including some raw tracks of new songs. Includes the original unplugged version of "When You Found Me" (Third Place winner in the 2017 Austin Songwriters Group competition), American Songwriter honorable mention "He Wants to Make Love," and Dallas Songwriters Association lyric winner (2nd place) "If I Step Onto That Train."

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Santa Fe

Michael R. J. Roth

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The Working Sessions 1: Raw folk-style narratives by an award-winning songwriter. "Eyes like a priest, heretic, ragin', he confides he's migrating to an ancient civilization."

Working tracks of acoustic folk songs of "passion, anger, and pain" from a "cool dark troubador" and "Jedi songwriter" who was a First-Place lyric winner in Austin, Dallas, and national and international competitions and is listed in the Great American Song Hall of Fame. Tales from Santa Fe where "you can almost smell the summer heat burning off the sense of grace" while "keeping faith until the good guys win." Includes "The Close Shaves of a Hero," which received an honorable mention from American Songwriter magazine. Featuring Lexi Jackson on vocals on "If It Ain't Love" and "Grasping at the Wind."

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A Bat Flying in the Night

Michael R. J. Roth

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"I see the stars that shine like guided missiles, falling softly through the evening skies..."

Michael R. J. Roth was the winner of the 2019 NSAI Song Contest for lyric writing, and received a Gold Award from the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest for lyrics. He has been called "a cool dark troubadour" and "an amazing writer" by fans and industry professionals, evoking a mix of Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash, Paul Simon and others with lyrics known for their intriguing imagery and "deep, profound truth." He is featured in the Great American Song Hall of Fame, and is known for his award-winning, original acoustic songs with "the kind of lyrics that make Nashville writers salivate." NSAI named him "One to Watch." Lori McKenna called him "brilliant."

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Dust Storm

Michael R. J. Roth

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"Your love was always shameless as the offer of a rose in the hand of a street vendor with a diamond in his nose"

From the songwriter Lori McKenna called "brilliant," the winner of the 2019 Nashville Songwriters Association lyric competition.

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The Things That You Get Used To

Michael R. J. Roth

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Dying's not as easy as it used to be. A meditation on the things that you get used to by Michael R. J. Roth and Harri Wolf

"I'm standing on the shoreline of an ocean I can't see/ waiting for the tide to roll on in." A meditation on the edge of life from two award-winning songwriters, Michael R. J. Roth (winner of the 2019 NSAI lyric contest, 2018 Mid-Atlantic Song contest and others) and Harri Wolf, winner of the 2019 Spring Dallas Songwriters Association lyric contest.

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Homeless Sky

Michael R. J. Roth

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Michael R. J. Roth has been called "a cool dark troubadour" and "an amazing writer" by fans and industry professionals, evoking a mix of Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash, and Paul Simon. He is the lyric winner of the 2019 NSAI song contest.

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When You Found Me (With Cello)

Michael R. J. Roth

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"An amazing writer" -- Vinny Ribas, CEO Indie Connect

A new version of this moving love song by Great American Song Contest Hall of Fame member Michael R. J. Roth, recorded with Fred Lieder on cello at Record Arts studio.

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