Celebrating Michael Ubaldini’s NEW re-Release of Acoustic Rumble originally released in 1999.
While I’d been a closet Folkie since picking up the guitar in my late teens, my label Persuasion Records was working with a Dark Rock Band, Doom Kounty Electric Chair. Michael’s band Mystery Train(Rockabilly/Rock) and DKEC shared drummer Rob Klonel and guitarist Steve Norton, so I had some familiarity with Michael’s work.
Acoustic Rumble was a departure from Mystery Train in that it was Solo Acoustic. DKEC and Michael played a show together at The PUB in Fullerton(now the Slidebar). He had gotten some nice press from the LA Times and OC Register and I was intrigued. I had recently started playing Bass in DKEC which was going well, but when I saw Michael’s performance, I could see a future for myself. While Michael played Solo Acoustic, there was angst and power. I thought to myself…”wow, you can do that with an acoustic guitar?”
I certainly was inspired and have tried to emulate Michael’s way of working. For me, Acoustic Rumble was a turning point in my musical endeavors. At that moment in Orange County, there was Rockabilly, Indie STP type bands, Pop Punk…acoustic players were mostly doing Crosby Stills Nash & Young vibed material and Michael did his own acoustic rebel thing. Springsteen, Dylan, Woody Guthrie influenced and topical can be heard in Ubaldini’s tunes.