His debut release Flickering was on the Grammy ballot for Best Folk Album and Best Roots Music Performance.
His follow up full-length A Wondrous Life received great reviews in the US and abroad which led to his first European tour in 2019.
He recently produced the critically acclaimed “Blanket The Homeless” benefit compilation which included Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito.
In 2020, Mickelson released Drowning In An Inflatable Pool to rave reviews in the U.S. and Europe. The first single, “Jagged Tooth” was accompanied by an animated video. On 19 November, his new single/video “UNarmed American” premiered on Americana U.K. From the full-length Known To Be Unknown - which was released in April, 2022.
Mickelson has made appearances on NPR Radio, in the Huffington Post, on the CBS Morning Show, and in No Depression, Glide Magazine, Paste Magazine, PopMatters, TheBayBridged, Alternative Press Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Mix Magazine.
He also gained national recognition after winning a band search contest sponsored by MTV/7-Up with a prize of $15,000 and a song in the feature film Along The Way.
He has shared the stage with artists including: Nick Lowe, Dick Dale, Dave Van Ronk, David Bromberg, Peter Case, Jonathon Richmond.
His UK tour dates this July are as follows:
1 July - Maverick Festival, Woodbridge
5 July - The Bell Inn, Bath
6 July - The Musician, Leicester
7 July - The Chambers, Folkestone
8 July - The Hyde Tavern, Winchester
9 July - Trowbridge Town Hall, Trowbridge
10 July - The Beehive, Swindon
12 July - The Gladstone Arms, London
14 July - The Dorothy Pax, Sheffield
After his UK tour, Mickelson will play dates in Germany and The Netherlands, before returning to the US towards the end of October. More about his tour dates can be found online at http://www.mickelsonmusic.com/tour
“The combination of the layered vocals and instrumental textures, along with a tune that feels immediately familiar, is that ‘UNarmed American’ becomes anthemic.” - Americana U.K.
“Mickelson unveils his most politically charged work to date with Drowning In An Inflatable Pool. It’s an album rooted in a collective frustration about the mismanagement of our country by this current White House administration.” - American Songwriter
“this music is the balance between strong, subtle, unexpected, and sophisticated.” - Paste Magazine
“Drowning in an Inflatable Pool combines an anxious energy with alluring melodies to create a remarkable musical experience”. - Twangville
“I call it anthemic when a band or chorus hits all the notes just right and the sound becomes bigger than it should be and Mickelson hits it often enough on this album to make it worthy of the highest of recommendations.” - No Depression
“It’s American folk-Rock with a post punk edge, rustic but scarred.” - Alternative Press Magazine
“Flickering, a buoyant composition showcasing that Mickelson offers undeniable musical charm and instrumental dexterity.” - Glide Magazine
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(Above image credit - Jayms Ramirez)