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With Here Come The Savages, veteran recording artist Michael Fracasso has once again asserted himself as a miraculous American songwriter and truly exceptional singer, as well as a gifted interpreter of well-chosen cover material. Recorded in his adopted hometown of Austin, Texas, Here Come The Savages serves as a virtual clinic in progressive roots music— highlighting his wise lyrical introspection and stylistic vocal excellence.

With a track record of startlingly varied accomplishments, Michael Fracasso is a genre-crossing artist incapable of repeating himself. His critically acclaimed work includes nine distinctive solo CDs, recorded duets with both Patty Griffin and Lucinda Williams, an epic reinterpretation of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero,” memorable tributes to Woody Guthrie, Mickey Newbury and Townes Van Zandt, and two amazing albums created alongside his gifted friend/producer/guitarist Charlie Sexton (Back To Oklahoma and World In A Drop Of Water).

Fracasso’s oft-celebrated songwriting has reached new heights on his latest collection, Here Come The Savages. From the emotive, atmospheric opener “Say” to the searing vulnerability of “Blind Man On A Bicycle” and “Boy In A Bubble,” he writes from an autobiographical vantage point that is artful and uniquely reflective—demanding of one’s strong empathic consideration.

Mixing his observant, personal song-craft with compelling interpretations of 20th Century neo-classics, Fracasso revives 60’s favorites like Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s “Caroline, No” and the Young Rascals smash hit “How Can I Be Sure” with impressive results. He also boldly re-imagines some less familiar anthems of the heart, including treasured reggae nugget “No, No, No (You Don’t Love Me),” Johnny Thunders’ revered cult-ballad, “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory,” and closes out the new album with Ray Davies’ forgotten Kinks-Klassic “Better Things.”

An authentic Texas musician born of Italian parents in the steel town of Steubenville, Ohio who spent years working the New York folk scene while mentored by the great Doc Pomus, Michael Fracasso follows a grand aesthetic compass found in a rare few. Created entirely in Austin with a select cadre of homegrown musicians and trusted consigliores, this latest CD is yet another impressive step forward in his ferocious development as a modern recording artist. So tune in, kick back and get ready because, like the man says, Here Come The Savages…please stand by.
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