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Michael Stadler plays guitar & sings lead & harmony vocals & doubles on fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, lap steel, dulcimer & bass. He puts out a broad mix of country, folk, bluegrass, swing, & old time. His guitar work includes flatpicked, clawhammer & fingerstyle arrangements of considerable complexity.

His long-awaited CD North Country is now available. In addition to members of the Stadler-Gibbons Band, it features Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Veronica Lustre & Brian Rice.

...a unique blend that's fits as comfortably as a well-worn pair of jeans. His smoky voice exudes a humble confidence, going from a soft whisper to a moaning wail. A great ride.

Freight Train Boogie review by Bill Frater, Host, KRCB Freight Train Boogie

He's featured on Solid Air Records' Clawhammer Guitar: The Collection, (Baughman, Stecher, Sweet). The style is rooted in old time clawhammer banjo.

"ÖStadler's original "Dogs in the Creekbed/Gator in the Lap Lane"
is a haunting, rhythmic tour de force."

Acoustic Guitar Magazine review

As a soloist, Michael has appeared on various broadcast outlets & at a variety of music venues, including Berkeley's Freight & Salvage, where heís been on the bill with John Gorka, Greg Brown, Peppino D'Agostino & Joel Mabus.

Michael's powerful & distinctive style is featured on recordings such as Sylvia Heroldís Bowl of Crystal Tears, Matt Lax & Nearly Belovedís Wandererís Dream & Hurricane & a Tumbleweed, Lisa Redfernís No Small Thing & Soundtracks & Burkeís The Year of You.

The country-bluegrass tinged Mike Stadler & Mary Gibbons Band features Michael on vocals, guitar, mandolin & fiddle, Mary Gibbons (Laurie Lewis & Her Bluegrass Pals, All Girl Boys & The Fog City Ramblers) on vocals & guitar, Jon Mitguard (Rose Maddox, David Nelson) on dobro & pedal steel & Paul Knight (Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis, David Thom, Earl E. Graves) on string bass (& exquisite sound system). Among other venues this band debuted at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Michael was raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on the south shore of Lake Superior. He took up music at the age of six. He has lived and taught in the San Francisco area since the early Eighties.

 

 

... a typically eclectic set on any number of instruments; he's one of those musicians who believes you don't have to be flashy to be good -- & he's much better than good.

Larry Kelp,

Critic, East Bay Express, SF area

 

 

 

Michael Stadler has the voice of a very loud articulate angel. He's a master interpreter with a beautiful voice, a thoughtful & humorous songwriter. & he's an accomplished & sophisticated player of just about anything with strings. A total pleasure. Don't miss him!

Mary Tilson,

Host, America's Back 40, KPFA 94.1

Really, really good! Played it in my office & people kept wandering in, listening, & saying 'That guy is great!'

Warren Hellman,

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, S.F.

 

 

... all-round musician Michael Stadler

(one hell of a country singer).

Laurie Lewis, Bluegrass great

 

His work is country-flavored, old-timey, original & beautiful. His vocal performances were a combination of power & nuance, gravel & silk. His guitar & fiddle work evoked a world where electricity had yet to be invented & virtuosity was honed on the front porch with friends & family. If you have ever wondered where the great writers & singers are, look no further. Michael will be a revelation you wonít stop talking about.

Schoenberg Guitars, Tiburon, CA