Just in from Belgium: Review in Rootstime:
“Singer-songwriter Michael Veitch is probably not so well known to the general public. This American musician ended up after several wanderings through America and Canada in the German city of Munich where he lived and worked for two years. He was discovered in the early 1990s by the American folk singer Shawn Colvin and also became interested when the American social activist, folk singer and songwriter Judy Collins recorded his song “Veteran’s Day” in 2013 for her album “Judy Collins With Friends”.
At the beginning of this year, Michael Veitch released the record “Box Of Letters” with old recordings of live performances during tours and for all kinds of radio shows in the period from 2000 to 2016. Now there follows a five-song EP that under the title “Wake Up Call “will appear. The five songs are all socially and politically inspired songs with the just mentioned “Veteran’s Day” at the very front of the track list. On the video accompanying this review, you can view and listen to his acoustic live rendition of that song.
In “Pleding Allegiance” he presents economic equality and social justice for every citizen in the world. In “Voices Of The Old Days” he reminds the younger generations of the horror of the past World Wars. That song came about after he had visited the first Nazi concentration camp of Dachau in Bavaria, something that had left a lasting impression on him.
Song number four on this mini-disc is “White Rose”, a song that should be regarded as a tribute to the “white rose” students from Munich who protested against Hitler’s fascism and had to pay for their lives. Slotsong “Happy Fourth Of July” reminds the listeners what the American ‘Independence Day’ holiday actually means, namely the historic date on which America declared its independence 241 years ago on 4 July 1776.
The beautiful tenor voice of Michael Veitch sounds convincing and soothing in these songs and the lyrics to the songs are a kind of history lesson for the listener. They are songs with mostly optimistic messages that will make you think about life and about all the mechanisms that can affect our well-being and our happiness. Michael, I would like to hear more about this good soon.”
The new EP “Wake Up Call” has just hit over 530 folk and Americana radio stations across US, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Australia…well, pretty much the world. You can purchase a physical CD signed! by sending $10 to Veitch/Wake Up Call, PO Box 758, Woodstock, NY 12498-shipping is included. Download it at CDBaby/michaelveitch/wakeupcall or listen in for free at https://soundcloud.com/veitchmunich/sets/wake-up-call