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Setlist: June 30, 2018 – House Concert

2018 July 1
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by Mike Vial

June 30, 2018 – Harris Family House Concert, Holly, MI
(Studio versions of songs linked)

Set 1:

  1. A World That’s Bigger
  2. I Just Want to Be Your Last
  3. Here Comes the Sun (Beatles)
  4. One Way Road
  5. Kalamazoo
  6. Running on Empty (Jackson Browne)
  7. Burning Bright
  8. Only the Rain Knows Why

Set 2:

  1. Damn Fine Day
  2. Only God Knows Why (Beach Boys)
  3. Little Drum
  4. Two Angels (June 22, 1996 – Ann Arbor)*
  5. Change the World (Eric Clapton/Tommy Simms)
  6. Made a Mess

*an unreleased song, but a demo is linked. I’m working on a new record of songs about historic moments of individual heroism, tentatively called Profiles in Courage.


107.1 FM Radio Interview & Holly House Concert

2018 June 30
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by Mike Vial

Summer got hot here in Michigan! I’m not complaining. Last night’s gig outside at mash was great people and doggie watching. Plus,  the outdoor crowd on the patio were tipping!

Next gig: I’m playing a house concert tonight in Holly, MI! 7 PM. Message us for info:

Also, Mike Gentry and I will be playing live on 107.1 FM on Sunday, July 8th at 6 PM on Matthew Altruda’s Tree Town Sound show to discuss Gentry’s new record, the tour, and Ark show. Tune in:


Are you afraid of the dark, too?

2018 June 13
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by Mike Vial
Like how America faces its guilt for the Japanese internment camps during WWII, future generations will look back at how we treated migrant families seeking asylum, with confusion, shame.
Our own children will grow up to be adults that read and discuss these current events. They will read how our country took children, toddlers, babies away from breastfeeding mothers and crying fathers, families seeking asylum from horrible conditions.
10, 20, 30 years from now, people my age are going to be asked by our own children about this moment in history.
The younger generations aren’t going to accept the current illogical excuses and arguments. In the future, this won’t be political, just amoral…The future generations will immediately see this for what it is, wrong–just like how we see the past political choices of the internment camps.
Sadly, we’ve learned nothing about fear, even if we have nothing to fear, but fear itself…
So we need to speak out against this treatment of asylum seekers, everyday, until it ends.
Today, my three-year-old, Ginny, tripped playing outside, and my one-year-old, Al, had difficult sleeping because he’s teething. I was able to hold them, comfort them.
Tonight, someone in a caged-fenced area is distraught over their child’s whereabouts; and their innocent child is facing the worst fear imaginable:
Are you afraid of the dark, too? That darkness is our country’s soul.

Tour Updates for 2018

2018 May 12
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by Mike Vial

Summer 2018 Tour Update:
Mike Gentry//Mike Vial
Gentry and I are hitting the road this summer to celebrate Gentry’s new record release. More dates to come, but here’s what’s confirmed:

May 19 – Coffee Amici, Findlay, OH
June 28 – Raven Cafe, Port Huron, MI
July 10 – The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI (RELEASE SHOW!)
July 14 – Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
July 15 – Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
July 16 – Funhouse @ Mr. Small’s, Millvale, PA
August 17 – Blue Owl Coffee Co., Lansing, MI
August 18 – Ruthmere Museum, Elkhart, IN
August 19 – Uncommon Ground, Chicago, IL
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Photo Credit: Doug Coombe, 2018

February 2018 Update: 
What a great winter break and set of gigs. Thanks to friends in Flint, Brighton, and Ann Arbor for indulging in my musical musings this week! I sliced my finger the day before break, and I’m so glad I could still pick the guitar.

Anyways, I’m taking a month off from gigging to work on new songs, grade freshmen essays, and spend time with my family. I’ll emerge for a St Patrick’s Day gig at mash (6-9 pm) in Ann Arbor.

Also, Mike Gentry Music and I are touring together in the summer. Be on the lookout for Gentry’s new record later this year! If anyone wants to host a house concert, email me at We are currently booked in MI, OH, PA, WV. Openings in June-August.

Big thanks to Doug Coombe for shooting photos of Gentry and I yesterday. The mash bar let us use their brick walls and Edison lights as a backdrop. I’m happy to have new press photos soon!

Catching the man behind the camera, Doug Coombe, snapping a shot of Mike Gentry.

Catching the man behind the camera, Doug Coombe, snapping a shot of Mike Gentry.


Michigan Music Spotify Playlist

2018 March 3
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by Mike Vial

TL;DR: A Spotify playlist of Michigan music that leans towards folk, acoustic, pop genres. Follow here:

“Scaling the Peaks of Michigan Music”

I released my first record 10 years ago, using money earned from teaching freshmen literature and playing gigs at horrible sports bars.

Mike Gentry & I at mash bar, Ann Arbor 2018. Photo credit: Doug Coombe

Mike Gentry & I at mash bar, Ann Arbor 2018. Photo credit: Doug Coombe

And this cracked western cedar guitar–the one that saved my life–continues to join me on every trip to corners of Michigan one would never think to visit, if it wasn’t for some chance to strum and sing; this crazed pursuit of music that leaves one energized or exhausted, every day.

I continue to meet other cracked guitars and hands, those who insanely pick up the stones of creativity too, ones who know what it means to drop it down the jagged edges of the mountain, again and again.

I’ve been slowly collecting my favorite songs from these Michigan artists I’ve met on the road, and I want to share some with you.

You might hear your next favorite song. You might find the next famous songwriter before the rest of the world does. Or you might be inspired to travel to a tiny coffee house in a small town you didn’t know existed, just to hear that person scale the peaks of song again.