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.
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