On this album effort, as on individual songs on past albums, Michael Barclay performed all instruments and vocals, as well as producing, engineering and mixing. Lazarus Featuring Michael Barclay: Guitar; Vocals Michael worked with Chuck Berry in the late sixties on the east coast and also recorded at Electric Lady Studios for Michael Jeffries (Hendrix manager). In the early seventies, after moving west, Michael joined Banana, keyboardist for the Youngbloods, in his band. Michael worked as a side man with jazz singer, Randy Crawford ('Street Life'). In addition to gigs at major venues, her band also opened for Ronnie Laws, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, Stanley Turentine and other jazz luminaries. For two years, Michael worked with San Francisco organist, Merl Saunders with stints behind singing acts like Hodges, James, and Smith, and others. Michael performed and recorded with Bay area fusion group WBBH. Philip Elwood, in the San Francisco Examiner review, wrote: 'A beauty on the LP called 'Lover's Lullaby' features...Barclay on guitar. Barclay, an impressive front man and guitarist, also is an excellent singer.' Michael composed the instrumental piece Elwood refers to. His compositions form most of the Michael Barclay Blues Band set list, 12 out of 13 tunes on the CD- 'Midnight Rendezvous', and, 13 of 14 tunes on the new CD, 'Soul Patch'. After gigs with Dorothy Morrison ('Oh happy day') in the notorious Marin jam band, Fast Company, and WBBH Michael formed and recorded The MICHAEL BARCLAY BLUES BAND. Michael has supported Julian Lage, Norton Buffalo, Nick Gravenites, Sarah Baker, Stu Blank and others. He produced the most recent recordings of the late Pattie Santos (It's a Beautiful Day). Michael was a featured performer at: The Russian River Blues Festival, in June 1996; The Sonoma County Blues Festival 1991 and 1998, where the band was received enthusiastically. Recently, Michael signed a contract and completed the production of a blues themes album for The Hollywood Edge, a TV and cinema music library. Once again Michael and the band performed at the Sonoma County Blues Festival; and recently on the same bill with Duke Robillard (KRSH radio backyard concert).
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