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When Michael was 12 years old he lived across the Street from Maxx's Kansas City where entertainers performed. He got to see Jimmy Reed live singing and playing harmonica and guitar while tapping his foot as the drum, accompanied by his wife on vocals and tambourine. This was amazing and influential to young Michael. The next influence came when he first saw the Beatles on television and then JIMI HENDRIX.

Michael started the "RB ZigZags" Band in High School. Later he joined the Adlibs as lead singer and guitarist, recorded the cult hit "Boy from New York City" and toured the country opening for top ten bands such as The Everly Brothers, Motown artists, etc. Two weeks before graduation he was hired to play for James Cotton and he later finished school. Michael formed "Moonbeam", a band which stayed together for 13 years and performed all over the country opening for artists such as James Brown, Bo Diddley, the Ronnettes, etc.
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BILLBOARD: "Michael Powers is the Future of the Blues"

BIO: MICHAEL POWERS lives in New York USA and he was taught the barre chording technique on guitar by the legendary Jimmy Reed. Michael Powers toured and recorded THE BOY FROM NEW YORK CITY with The AdLibs. During his high school summers he toured as part of James Cotton's Band and has opened for or performed with Johnny Winter, Pinetop Perkins, Popa Chubby, Hubert Sumlin, The Holmes Brothers, Buckwheat Zydeco and many more! Michael Powers performed at the 2005 and 2007 Memphis Blues Music Awards and was the Artist chosen to perform live on TV from the Peabody Hotel. His two CD's garnered five nominations (Baryon Records) CD's: "ONYX ROOT" and "PRODIGAL SON" (Red Eye Distr./ASCAP). POWERS' annual Nov.-Thanksgiving night "Muddy Waters - Jimi Hendrix" Tribute is a must see! His write-ups span the globe: Global Polls & Write-ups. Watch POWERS perform live, this clip of Santana's "Black Magic Woman" with bellydancing sensation Shavati on UStream.TV's POWERS CHANNEL.

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My first thought was "It sounds like Muddy Waters with Jimi Hendrix as his guitarist". Of course, there is a whole lot more to it and such simple comparisons don’t do justice, but this thinking not without merit. Onyx Root is a rare gem that stands out as one of the best blues albums I’ve heard in a very long time. Who is this guy? How come he is not a superstar? How can it be that someone so unbelievably good could be so close, yet so far away? Nowadays, when the market is flooded by weak, clichéd blues releases from even the most mediocre sideman, how can it be that a musician of such amazing skill can stay out of the limelight? Singer/songwriter and guitarist Michael Powers , not to be confused with the Seattle based guitarist by the same name, is a mainstay of New York City’s great blues club Terra Blues, where he is the Friday night house-band. He’s not exactly from out of nowhere, although fame has so far eluded him. In the early 1960’s Powers was the guitarist for the pop R&B group the Ad Libs, who had a hit with "(Do wah, doo wah diddy, he’s a) Boy from New York City". The Ad Libs were near famous and recorded some pretty cool stuff, which is still great when you hear it today. Ever since, Powers has been paying his dues and living the blues, literally and figuratively. No youngster, the affable Powers lost a leg to diabetes, had his share of hard times, and he lived to tell about it. He can sing the blues about all the reasons why he could have been, should have been and about the one that got away. This album is his best shot, and so far the stars are lining up just right. Michael Powers is the real deal. Decades ago he should have been elevated to the stature bestowed on Buddy Guy , Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton, because he belongs in their ranking. He is a little late on the fame horizon, but even if this is the only record he will ever make, artistically and in sheer musical prowess Onyx Root is a masterpiece. It sounds and feels like it came from another time, yet totally fresh. Onyx Root should propel him to international fame if his management and upstart record label do their job right, as it is certainly the best blues album I’ve heard all year long. Every time I play one of Power’s songs on WKZE the phone lights up. Especially the real blues devotees are blown away and with good reason. Powers is the only guitarist I’ve ever heard that truly reminded me of Jimi Hendrix. It’s not so much that Powers sounds like Hendrix, although he can when he wants to. It’s that he has the finesse, touch, magic, and the feeling the very musical essence that Jimi had. Powers made me feel like I was finally witnessing what I had missed before, not as a mere mimicker, but one who channels the beauty of Jimi Hendrix’s music into the deep blues. Michael Powers, an extraordinarily brilliant guitarist and soulful singer, is different, he took just the right stuff from Jimi and developed his own deep blues style. This is as close to the perfect blues album I’ve ever heard, and certainly a modern classic. This is Michael Power’s Hoodoo Man. Everything is just right. It would not be a stretch to say that on many levels, especially production, Onyx Root is up a notch from the highly touted debuts by Robert Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughn and even Joe Lewis Walker. Kudos to producers Steve Rosenthal and Jimi Zhivago, who understood this artist and captured him flawlessly. Frank Garfi at Studio 900 beautifully engineered the CD. Michael Powers is bold and this record is a triumph! by: FRANK MATHEIS Frank Matheis is an internationally published independent music writer and radio producer residing in Pawling, New York. He is host of the "Blues Show". He was formerly a contributing writer to Blues Access. Frank is also a performing blues musician. He reports to the Living Blues radio chart. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MOJO - ONYX ROOT LISTED IN 2005 TOP TEN BEST BLUES ALBUMS "... Powers brings a funky acoustic guitar and a voice magnificently riven and distressed. ...The inner power of Powers’ music is startlingly original." Tony Russell
"... On his first solo album (Michael) has managed to create that a rare beast: a blues album that doesn’t depend on endless guitar wankery."
Scott Rowley

"The gritty soul on his new independent release, Onyx Root, is befitting a cat who apprenticed with James Cotton."

"Powers’ singing and playing are gritty and convincing, making him a performer to watch and Onyx Root one of the year’s must-hear debuts."
Jim DeKoster

"Powers is a precise guitarist. He doesn’t squander notes and he sounds like no one else. ONYX ROOT is sure to make a few Top Ten lists this year."
Jeff Calvin

"As Michael sings it in Successful Son, he is an overnight sensation... 20 years in the making. This is a good one (Onyx Root)."

"This is the best blues album I’ve heard all year. It’s smartly conceived, deftly performed, carefully planned and is top quality in every way."
Brown Burnett

"Onyx Root is a disc worth finding especially for those who say the blues has gotten boring. Powers’ music is anything but that."
Bill Mitchell

"Powers is a purist. ... The kind that turns all of his diverse influences into pure" musical expression."
Dave Rubin

"That thick, layered vibe reverberates throughout the diverse, freewheeling Onyx Root - a record defined by Powers’ world-weary vocals, superb acoustic electric interplay and formidable rhythm support... A stylistic tour de force..."
Sean McDevitt

"Powers dabbles in a little bit of everything (on Onyx Root) and each is delivered with absolute perfection."

"Breathe a sigh of relief. Meaty blues are here to stay. Michael Powers is the standard bearer." Scott Lake

"Onyx Root is an extraordinary record. Can’t wait to see this guy play live." Bob Sekinger

"Michael Powers is indeed a rare commodity in sounding so vital and fresh after making music for 40 years. Powers has an impressive musical range and versatility - a musician for all seasons."
Billy Hutchinson

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At 10:08pm on April 27, 2010, Shivati said…
At 8:41pm on March 14, 2010, Shivati said…
Wonderful performing with you again! Hope to see you both soon!
Namaste~ Shivati
At 6:03pm on February 24, 2010, Chuck Frazier said…
"Hiya Pal!"
At 7:56pm on January 26, 2010, Joy Ryder said…
Michael and Topsy, Thanks for coming by!! it was so beautiful to see you...! We'll be back from Florida by February 10th...let's do something, and tell me where to send the script of "Joe and Mary" the gospel musical...Peace, and Love, Joy
At 7:26pm on November 22, 2009, Mike Stokes said…
Michael - Thanks for posting those videos. I featured the Money Maker BMA vid here.
At 8:08am on November 12, 2009, Mike Stokes said…
Hi Michael, Your presence here is very welcome. You have many friends and fans in our community. - Mike

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