The Ubaldini Effect

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.

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