Michael Koppy

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“Michael Koppy’s Ashmore’s Store is the Best Album of the Year—and ‘All in the Timing’ is the best song this critic has heard in the past 30 years...This is great art...A work of genius.” — Paul Riley, Country Music People Magazine

“He brings a unique view of America, drawn from a storehouse of living...Ashmore’s Store occupies a genre entirely its own...it’s history, the present and the future, all distilled into a country-pop album that’s downright cinematic.” — Chris Spector, Chicago Midwest Record

“He thinks big and immediately grabs your attention...visionary, unique.”  — David Bowling, Seattle Post Intelligencer

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April 10:

        1. There was a whole lot of driving on my tour of the South this past November—5,350 miles to be precise. YEE–OOW! But I met many, many good people all along the way. (To see where I was at, click here: TOUR DATES—it opens that page on the web site here in a new tab.) I’d like to give a special shout-out to so many Specific & Terrific folks that to even start in with naming people to thank will make me ashamed to have inadvertantly overlooked so many more. (I started doing it and quickly realized that was gonna be a long, LONG list!) If you’re here on this site because we met on my Tour of Dixie, I’d like to personally and sincerely thank you for taking the time—and having the interest and curiosity—to make your way to where I was playing. As there’s no way to do that on a general-to-the-public web site note like this doesn’t mean the gratitude is any less real. Thank you; I am in your debt. I owe a lot of people a beer and a Thank You.

        2. The beginnings of my critical essay, “A Certain Tendency in American Songwriting” is on the site here now, as it slowly evolves. This is gonna take a LONG TIME to complete—I come back to it every few days or so with a new thought or re-edit, while naturally also working on other things, as my ideas evolve and coalesce. I don’t think there’s ever been an examination and exegesis on popular song quite like this, so I’m kinda sailing in previously uncharted waters. And as those who know me personally may attest, my thinkin’ on the subject is certainly provocative, often downright heretical. I’m sure whether you agree with propositions I put forth or not, that the essay will make you reconsider some, or even many, cultural notions that are pretty much accepted as unassailable truths. Click here: INTRODUCTION—you’ll open that page in a new tab. And if you wish to share your reactions, flaming denunciations, questions and/or contesting opinions please do so! This is very much A Work In Progress.

        3. I was in beautiful Charleston South Carolina on Election Night—the night that America’s broke and baroque electoral system put a literal Nasty and Disgusting Piece of Diseased Human Garbage in the White House. It’s hard to maintain optimism in America in the face of that Odious and Vulgar Moron and his Army of Goosestepping Cockroaches (aka the Republican-Nazi Party—and I invite you to join me in always using that full and accurate name for that organization). I’m profoundly ashamed to be an American in the year 2017. Simply to exchange the inspirational vision and moral intelligence of Michelle and Barack Obama for the swaggering stupidity of that Putrid Sack of Used Toilet Paper (“Mr Grab ’Em by the Pussy”) is disheartening enough, but if he were to die tomorrow—while I’d immediately open a bottle of champagne to celebrate—that the Republican-Nazi Party would remain in complete control of all three branches of American government is a truly sad, sad measure of the degree of selfishness, racism, religious stupidity, hatred of women, intellectual poverty and moral cowardice so pervasive in my country. Yes, I am ashamed to be an American. Full stop. And I apologize to my friends around the world for our national disgrace.

        But in the end, folks—after this maelstrom of despondency and hopelessness dissipates; as the Republican-Nazi Party and its Rancid Lowlife Darling cause more and more revulsion and failure—right thinking Americans will prevail. In the end, stupidity and cowardice always, always loses. The world will move forward, and we shall overcome.

Best wishes to all and thank you once again.      — Michael



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