New single - "Movin' on"

Release date - July 22, 2021

"I was just about to like this town, fits me like a worn-out shoe..." Maybe you've felt that way.  "Movin' On" received an honorable mention in the Dallas Songwriters Association song contest. Not sure about the honorable part, but it's nice to get mentioned. Keep an eye out for it on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, YouTube, etc., or get it here on this website.  

Global rising song

featuring "Homeless Sky"

Well, I’m too old for American Idol, and too lazy to busk in the streets, so I’m playing in Global Rising Song this week until Sunday, July 19 at 9 pm. It’s a mix of song competition, fundraiser and support for musicians, where fans vote for their favorites. It’s a fun thing I’ve done before on my visits to Nashville, and during COVID they moved online. Everyone who votes for me will get a free song for your trouble. You can check it out by going to the link below:

Michael R.J. Roth on Folk Music Notebook's "Artist in Residence Showcase"

July 2-4, 2021

Catch the premiere Friday, July 2, at noon ET / 9am PT - and you can watch the video premiere on YouTube! You can watch replays on Saturday at 1 am and 10 pm ET, and Sunday at 10 am and 2 pm ET. See the video on YouTube here.

"the ruins of our age"

Great American Song contest top five

Just announced today - “The Ruins of Our Age” is a Top 5 winner in the Lyric Writing category of the Great American Song Contest, and "Gun for Hire" is a folk/Americana finalist 

If it pains you to shelter in place

try sheltering in no place to live

I’ve been working with a project called The Longest Night, an event to commemorate the homeless on December 21. You can find out more about this event here:

The Songwriters Association of Washington has created a video wall that you are all invited to submit to.  Share your music and help the homeless. You can also just watch.

two songs semi-finalists in Dallas

"Just to Keep Breathin'" and "The Things I Didn't Do for You"

The Dallas Songwriters Association has announced its list of semi-finalists for its 2020 Song Contest, which includes "Just to Keep Breathin'" in the Americana/Folk'Bluegrass category and "The Things I Didn't Do for You" (Co-written with Eric Ramsey) in Love Longs/Easy Listening. Winners will be announced on January 16.

"Gun for Hire"

Now out on Spotify

Or download here

"Now up on stage with the lights ablaze
You even make the light look dark
With your hand upon that empty space
Gutted by your savage heart"

Global Rising Song

And a new song release!

Well, for some reason, they wouldn't let me on American Idol, but I do get to compete in Global Rising Song Virtual Singer-Songwriter Open-Mic Contest Prelim Round #4. It will be online from Monday May 25 until Sunday May 31! Songwriters from around the world are competing to see who has the best song and the best fans! So here's an invitation to watch my video and vote for me.

Caveat: Voting does involve tipping, $1 per vote. When you vote and/or tip me, it helps me keep the lights on in my songwriter journey! Go to: to learn more! It's a totally unique event that combines a contest with a fundraiser!

To view the event, go to (It will not be active until 12 noon CDT Monday, May 25)

Songs for Easy Heroes