Michael VM 'the happiest man on earth' Album Release Show

Michael VM 'the happiest man on earth' Album Release Show

Al Riggs, Belle Adair, Reese McHenry & The Fox

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

Michael VM
Michael VM
In 2010 I started a band called The Everymen. In 2012 The Everymen released their first album. Shortly thereafter, my mother - also my closest friend and confidant - died, concluding a long and arduous battle with cancer. Her death left me in a thick fog. Feelings didn't feel like they once did. Happiness wasn't happy. Sadness wasn't sad. The Fog was the only thing that was real.

In 2014 The Everymen released their second album and I soon quit my job to focus on our band full time.

We spent the next three years constantly on tour logging two hundred shows per year. Over the thousands and thousands of solitary miles which passed beneath our wheels (and thanks more importantly to the love and support of my Woman, Emily), I began to come out of The Fog and found the strength to come to terms with losing my mother. And as my head began to clear, my feelings became palpable once again.

Sitting in the van for so many hours in a day will take a mind to some very strange, dark and scary places and as we toured endlessly I could no longer avoid what I was thinking and the emotions I was feeling. I had to face them head on. It was then that I confronted the images, feelings, ideas, pains and emotions which were floating around somewhere beyond The Fog.

When I came home from being on the road for almost thirty straight months, Emily and I decided that it was time for a change and after being a lifetime tri-stater (born and raised on the Jersey Shore, college in Philly, young manhood in New York City), we decided to leave our home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and head south. It was the change of pace that would prove to be a creative and spiritual jumpstart that would allow the feelings, pains and emotions I had finally encountered to manifest in the music and art I was creating.

Once settled into our new home of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the songs began to pour out en masse, as if someone had quickly pulled the rolling door up on a far-too-packed storage unit.

In late 2016 due to a variety of factors The Everymen ceased to exist and I was left, for the first time in years, without a band. I decamped to Muscle Shoals, Alabama where I holed up in the town’s famed Cypress Moon studios alongside some of the people I hold in highest regard; Ben Tanner (of Alabama Shakes), Albert Rothstein and Jamie Sego behind the console, and Jonathan Oliphant, Kimi Samson, Caleb Elliott, Jeremy Gibson and Joe Garner in the studio beside me. Over the course of five days alongside the banks of the Tennessee River we created the songs that became the happiest man on earth.

Much like the juxtaposition of life with The Everymen, these songs were borne of a voice and a guitar, pensive, pained, hurting, yet they soon became dressed up in the joy and happiness of making music with your closest friends. As such the album is a reflection of the healing process I went through in the wake of losing my best friend, the darkness of death and loss, while at the same time honoring the lightness of love, family and the unfaltering, unwavering, unabashed oneness of true friendship.

the happiest man on earth is the result. I hope you enjoy it.

- Michael Venutolo-Mantovani
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Al Riggs
Al Riggs
"An electric guitar is a terrible thing to waste, and AL Riggs has been guilty of it for far too long. His new album, "Radical Faeries", aims to remedy that. Simultaneously his longest album in actual time length and shortest in amount of tracks, "Radical Faeries" is the second chapter in the New South Trilogy
starting with "Local Honey". Mixing the most crunchy and delicate sounds to come from the Inconveniences in quite awhile, the songs range from topics such as home life, North Carolina politics, Patrick Stickles from Titus Andronicus,
driving too far to work from home, and probably some more songs about birds. We haven't checked. Clocking in at over 70 minutes long, ending with a song lasting almost a third of that time, "Radical Faeries" is the most well-rounded and energetic (not to mention electric) album in AaL Riggs' too-fastly growing
discography".
Belle Adair
Belle Adair
Reese McHenry & The Fox
Reese McHenry & The Fox
Venue Information:
Local 506
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
http://www.local506.com/