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Times, they are a-changin’ – Say hello to MESSMAKER!

Hey friends! First the short version, then the long version. SHORT VERSION: Moving forward, I’ll be releasing music under the name MESSMAKER, and performing my original music under that name as well – often with co-conspirators. If you see a show billed as “Michael McFarland”, it’ll probably be a few hours long, and there’ll be […]

I’ve Joined the KLŌS Family!

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that I’ve joined the KLŌS Guitars family. I fell in love with the KLŌS line of instruments the moment I learned about them. Why, you ask? Nearly indestructible: if you know how I treat my instruments, you know this is a big deal. The guitar is made of carbon fiber, […]

House of Ghosts Vinyl Release – Record Store Day 2019

The vinyl release for my recent record House of Ghosts is happening on April 13 – Record Store Day! House of Ghosts is my sixth album, my second vinyl release, and has been described by reviewers as a “big, bright & lovestruck slice of infectious anthemic indie-rock”. It was created entirely in Northeast Ohio; tracked […]

April Music News

April Music News Podcasts, concerts, and games – what more could you ask? View this email in your browser Hey, Friend, Happy Spring, or something like it! The calendar assures me that soon, the grass will start to turn green again, flowers will poke their heads through the soil, and young hearts will turn to love. But […]

March Music News

March Music News A few shows, a return to NJ, and a record nearing completion! View this email in your browser Hey, Friend, Happy March! My birthday month is upon us. I’ve never quite understood the saying about how “March comes in like a lion” until last night, when I walked to the local convenience store through […]

February Music News

February Music News Mixing is underway for House of Ghosts – plus, another Audio/Video release soon! View this email in your browser Hey, Friend, Did you see your shadow? Groundhog day has come and gone. Punxsutawney Phil, despite Bill Murray’s best attempts, emerged from his hole at Gobbler’s Knob, saw his shadow, and predicted that winter […]

January Music News

January Music News Recording for “House of Ghosts” is complete! View this email in your browser Hey, Friend, Happy New Year! We’re less than 2 weeks in to 2018, and already I’ve successfully mis-written the year as 2017 at least a dozen times. I think that’s a new personal record! Speaking of new records, even though I […]

December Music News

December Music News Lots of December shows, and perhaps a new Christmas song? View this email in your browser Hey, Friend, Happy December! Every year, it’s always a surprise to me when December 1 rolls around – not that I didn’t expect that it would happen eventually, but the passage of time still bewilders me. Last December […]

November Music News

November Music News Drums complete for “House of Ghosts” – wrapping up recording this month! View this email in your browser Hey, Friend, House of Ghosts is nearing completion! There’s a lot that goes in to making a record: writing the songs, road-testing them, pre-production… but for me, the biggest milestone is always finishing the drums; whether […]

October Music News – New song & video!

October Music News – New song & video! My new song “A Work In Progress” was released September 29! View this email in your browser “A Work In Progress” Autumn has reportedly arrived, though sitting in 80-degree weather, I can’t say I’m fully convinced. I’m ready to bust out the hoodies and eat too much […]

August Music News

August Music News A light show schedule as work on “House of Ghosts” continues View this email in your browser Just a few shows for you this month… I can’t believe it’s August already, and I’ve only been to one baseball game! Something really must be done about that. This month my concert schedule’s pretty […]

July Music News

July Music News Only a few shows, because recording is in full swing! View this email in your browser Hey, Friend, Recording is in full swing! I’ve only booked a few shows for this month, because I’m dedicating most of the time to working on recording my new full-length, House of Ghosts.  There’s always a chance […]