Michael Reno Harrell is an award winning songwriter, as well as a veteran storyteller and entertainer, and he’s from the South… the Southern Appalachian Mountains to hone it a bit finer.
One could compare Michael's performances to his granddaddy's pocket knife: well worn and familiar feeling, but razor sharp and with a point. His brand of entertainment appeals to a very diverse audience. A typical day for Michael might include a program for 4th graders in the afternoon and a concert for a mixed audience that evening.
Michael's recordings top the Americana Music Association charts year after year. His original songs and stories have been described as “Appalachian grit and wit” but, as his writing shows, Michael’s awareness is much broader than the bounds of his boyhood home or even the Southern Experience. Having toured throughout the British Isles and much of Europe, as well as most of the US, the songs he writes and the stories he creates reflect an insight into people’s experiences that catch the ear like an old friend's voice.
Michael's natural knack for storytelling, in print, song and spoken word has earned him praise from not only the music community but from the literary and storytelling worlds as well, having had the honor of being a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival and to be Teller In Residence at the International Storytelling Center, as well as performing at major music events like MerleFest and the Walnut Valley Festival. Along with his performances, Michael often conducts workshops in songwriting and storytelling as well.
Michael's recordings have for years received and continue to garner awards in Country, Americana and Folk circles. His humor and wit, as well as the emotional depth of his work, keep his fan base growing and staying tuned in for whatever comes next. Don’t miss the chance to experience what those faithful fans keep returning again and again to enjoy.
A native of Burke County, North Carolina, Steve Bradshaw grew up in the heart of bluegrass music country. He and his brother began playing and singing the music of the Blue Ridge Mountains as young boys and Steve has never slowed down. Having served as lead singer and guitarist in bluegrass and country bands for over four decades, he has been the time keeper on upright bass for the trio for three years.
Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Dale Meyer has been playing music professionally for over 40 years. He is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, resonator guitar, lap steel and mandolin in the trio. He has been traveling with Michael for seventeen years and is the first behind the wheel when it’s time to load up. Dale is owner and engineer of Sound Stage, LLC recording studios in Morganton, NC.