The Ruins of Our Age

Michael R. J. Roth

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"Dying's not as easy as it used to be" and other sayings. Includes award-winning songs The Ruins of Our Age, Faded Beauty, Homeless Sky, Gun for Hire and Movin' On. Warning: Do not listen while operating heavy machinery, standing on a bridge at night, playing the banjo, howling at the moon, eating from a dumpster, or under the influence of social media.

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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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I Must Ride

Michael R. J. Roth

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"I know I’m no saint / No, I’m not a holy man / Though I’ve been baptized in wine / But I won’t leave my fate / In the hands of another man / Who tells me my soul isn’t mine"

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A Massacre of Valentines

Michael R. J. Roth

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An eclectic mix of songs of love from the archives, from all sides. Something for every mood.

"If I hold you tenderly, will I ever know the lover that I see?"

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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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