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Jeff D. Michel (MIK-ul) is a CFMA-nominated singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer living and working in Estevan, Saskatchewan. His latest single, Just Another Winter, is a look into the lighter side of unpredictable Canadian winters and how we tolerate the season some folks love to hate. Just Another Winter is available now on all digital/streaming services and is Jeff's first new music since Hook & Nail's debut album Ghosts of Taylorton. He is currently recording his yet untitled second full-length album of new music, expected out in the spring of 2021.
Jeff’s second full-length album is an eclectic mix of countrified-folk/rock songs that explores themes of aliens, family, loss, winter whimsy, dragons, storms, and the wisdom gained as one grows older. His songwriting style has matured to reflect the influence that folk music has had and embraces its storytelling nature, yet retaining the edge and drive of his blues/rock roots. The first single, Just Another Winter offers perspective into the lighter side of Canadian Winters, and features longtime friend and bandmate Mike Davis of Hook & Nail/Last Birds on dobro. Additional tracks include Cabin in the Woods, which reminisces about Jeff’s parents’ summer cottage and the memories shared there, while Two Kids Dressed as Dragons tells the fantastic story of The Dragons and the 7-Horned Monster, based loosely on events that took place at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Back to the Moon, again featuring Davis on slide guitar, ponders if we’re truly alone in the universe - and perhaps by choice. The Only Thing laments the loss of a wife and mother in childbirth and Professor of Intuition cleverly ventures into the world of the sixth sense.
In addition to his solo efforts, Jeff is a member of the folk/roots trio Hook & Nail, whose debut album Ghosts of Taylorton earned them a 2020 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for New/Emerging Artist of the Year and tied for #4 in SaskMusic's Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2018. Three singles from the album (Adeline, Two Tons, Ride) have been featured on CBC as well as coast-to-coast on college/campus radio. Hook & Nail performed for a national televised audience as part of the 2020 Kinsmen TeleMiracle and provided an unreleased track for a 2019 SaskTel TV/digital ad campaign.
When Jeff isn’t doing music-related things, he relaxes with his cats and enjoys growing hot peppers and various fruits in his backyard that combine to make a hot jam with a slow, sweet burn.
For a more in-depth look into Jeff's musical history click here.