Photo Credit: John Haynes

"With a deep appreciation for the songwriting greats of his father’s generation, drummer-turned-guitarist Michael Gay has set out to leave his own mark. Beginning as a bedroom songwriting project, Almighty American was conceived with the release of the On the Edge EP (April 2015) produced and recorded by Nate Washburn (Author, The Earth and Everything in It, Comrades, Hannah Huston). 

While On the Edge brought about a full-band lineup and arrangements, Gay’s honest, accessible writing and clever lyrics easily captured the attention of listeners on their own in more intimate environments. Relishing the atmosphere of the acoustic set, Gay found himself more regularly playing solo sets under the Almighty American moniker. These solo shows birthed the idea for a series of stripped down acoustic EPs that reach the listener in a more focused way. Gay released the first of these - Songs With Legs vol. 1 (January 2017) to a sold out Warming House in Minneapolis.

With two EPs under his belt, Gay was eager to craft Almighty American’s first full length. Before Songs with Legs vol. 1 was released, Gay approached Danny O’Brien (The Farewell Circuit, Fraea, DEM YUUT, M. French) to produce the record, utilizing some of his favorite local players (Andrew Schibilla, Beck Nebel, Joel Bowers). Together, the band set to work on what would become Somewhere Ride. The album was tracked at both Studio 65 (Chris Furst) in Ham Lake, MN and Hot Dad Labs (Danny O'Brien) in South Minneapolis over a period of several months. The result is a modern Americana album with timeless character.

The first single, “Bus Brakes” was released in April 2017 with a debut on 89.3 The Current, turning listeners on to the infectious energy that is found throughout the rest of Somewhere Ride. Ear to the Ground Music featured the track on their blog saying, “The imagery is somewhere between Isbell and Boxcar Willie… That said, he’s as much the real deal as an Americana artist can get.”

Somewhere Ride will be released on June 30, 2017 in physical form and across most digital avenues.”



To give an indication how I feel about this track [Bus Brakes], I just tweeted it straight to Jason Isbell. Now I am not the publicist for this fella or anything, but gosh do I love what he’s doing... he’s as much the real deal as an Americana artist can get.
— Ear to the Ground (
... mesmerizing and the vibe put my soul in a peaceful place...
— Rift Magazine
... songs that dig deep where emotions live... sweet and unassuming without being bland.
— City Pages


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