We are excited to announce the official release of our latest album
“Red-Winged Blackbird Man” due out in stores Sep 3rd 2013!!!
We set out for 5 days of recording in Iowa City with Grammy nominated producer Bo Ramsey, but the team got along famously and completed the new record in 2.5 beautiful days! “The majority of our experience as a band is playing together live, and we didn’t want the recording process to be any different,” says Mike. “We set the room, took our places, pressed record and came out ahead. I can’t wait for people to share in what happened there”.
For those that have seen the band live since the album’s completion it has been made available at the shows. Sep 3rd marks the official release and moment it will be available to the general public through digital and physical distribution. Spread the word!! Speak of and buy often!!
As 2012 winds down, we find ourselves in the unique position of being nominated for awards and accolades for a release that technically hasn’t even come out yet. But don’t let that stop you from voting!
Mike Mangione and the Union are nominated for:
Album of the Year – Red-winged Blackbird Man
Song of the Year – American Martyr
Catchiest Song of the Year – American Martyr
Music Video of the Year – You Don’t Wanna Leave
and Best Live Show
Vote now at RadioMilwaukee.org Listener Poll
It’s that time of year and we’re off again to one of our favorite festival gigs: Steel Bridge!
This year Victor Delorenzo, famed drummer from the Violent Femmes, will be joining the band as the 7th member for both of their sets on Sat June 9th! There will be a whole lot of rhythm going on!
The band’s First set will be on the Main Stage during the day, then join them for a late night show at Kitty O’Riley’s
The festival runs from June 7-10 and we’ll be playing the main stage on Saturday June 9 during the day and taking part in the pub crawl event that evening. Musicians take over every venue in Sturgeon Bay (even the bowling alley!) and your festival ticket allows you entry to every location.
Steel Bridge 2012 Weekend Passes are On Sale NOW at all TicketStar Locations,
online at TicketStarOnline.com
or over the phone 1-800-895-0071
$25 tickets purchased through Ticket Star will include a digital download of Steel Bridge Songs: Volume 7 (2012 Release)! These will be mailed out to you a a later date.
Ticket allows access to all venues and also allows for priority admission to venues that are nearing capacity – ahead of persons paying the per venue cover charge.
Certain venues may require passes for entrance.
Although the visit was short, and the show was shorter, we managed to do something that had a chance to last. For 30 minutes we meet in a storage warehouse above a hat store and filmed three songs with our friends OurvVinyl.com. Two new and one old. Both beautiful and fulfilling in a simple half hour time. My only regret is passing that black fedora on the way out…. Enjoy!
You can catch the band playing on TV TWICE tomorrow to promote their Milwaukee and Chicago shows this weekend.
For those in Southeastern WI, parts of the band will be on NBC The Morning Blend Ch 4 at 9am. For those outside of Wisconsin, the show will be posted on their website after if you are interested in viewing it at http://www.themorningblend.com/
The band will also be on Chicago’s WGN tomorrow at 12:00pm CST. If you have cable YOU CAN SEE IT! Or you can see it online at http://www.wgntv.com/news/liveperformances/
Or if you want to just see them live come to
Jan 19th SPACE in Evanston
Jan 20th Linnemans in Milwaukee
Tickets can be purchased on the tour page!
Yes….it is… MM&TU head out.. oh, yea, by the way this year we refer to Mike Mangione & The Union as MM&TU..its faster and a WHOLE lot cooler. MM&TU had their time off, drank their coco (although winter still has not hit the Midwest..), opened their gifts, gained their pounds, fell in love/out of love and back in love with their families and now its time to share what they have learned with you. The band hits the road this Friday with a show in Excelsior, MN and then Eau Clair… both known for their beaches and tropical climate. Then they play some hometown love shows in Chicago and Milwaukee…and Cedar Rapids and Dekalb…and.just check out the tour section.
See you on the road!
XOXO MM&TU HQ
While on tour out east we had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful people from Eartotheground Music. After our show, we sat for ahwile, talked about the band, music and the yearning for this all to make sense. Next thing we know a beautiful write up appears…..thank you Casey
Well someone needed to introduce the band….! Might as well be this video we found from the one and only GodfatherHootie
Hey all, Mike and Tom had the air to themselves last night on Chicago’s WNUR 89.3 radio. It got warm and cozy in the cold Chicago studio. Want to hear?
Listen to WNUR: Airplay program with Mike and Tom Mangione
Big thanks to WGN, for a great time as the Midday Music artist. We had to play a little earlier due to the post-election mayoral coverage so for those of you who may have missed it, or wanted to see it again, here’s the link to the WGN TV page:
As promised, here’s a link to the recent appearance of Mike, Tina and Patrick on 88NINE Radio Milwaukee’s 414 MUSIC program with host Mark Keefe:
Mike, Tina and Patrick sounded great on 88.9 Radio Milwaukee’s 414 Music on Thursday. We’ll have a link up to a recording of the broadcast soon, but in the meantime, why not visit the Radio Milwaukee website and vote for Mike Mangione & The Union is the 2010 Listener’s Poll and have our music sent to WYEP in Pittsburgh as part of the Packers Super Bowl win.
Even if you’re not a Packer fan, you can still let the Iron City know that they need some Mangione on their radio.
(“Girl From the Midwest” has already been suggested!)
WYEP SUPER BOWL BET: http://www.radiomilwaukee.org/packers
Hey all, if you’re near a radio or a computer this afternoon, listen to Mike, Tina and Patrick on
88.9 Radio Milwaukee’s 414 Music show at 4PM .
(Who knows, you might hear some new music that we’ve been working on!)
Mike and the band visited the station on Nov. 19 to do an interview and live performance with DJ Laura Shine. You can stream the performance on the WFPK website or download it in podcast format via iTunes. (Here’s a little secret – one of the songs is a new, unreleased track called “American Martyr.” Get it now and impress your friends with you cool music insider connections).
Listen via WFPK: http://www.wfpk.org/2010/11/22/mike-mangione-in-studio/
Download via iTunes: WFPK: IN Studio Podcast
Sometime in the next week or two, Mike Mangione & The Union will get some airplay on XRT’s Local Anesthetic. They’ll be giving a sneak peak of the new album, Offering.
Also, for you serious nightowls, Mike and the band will be staying up late or getting up REALLY early, with our pal Brian Noonan on the “WGN Overnight with Brian Noonan” show.
Set your alarms for 2:59AM on Sat night/Sun Morning and get up and listen. You can even call in and make a request. (But, we won’t play it. hehe)
Mike Mangione & The Union are on Pandora! If you have a Pandora account make your “Mike Mangione” radio station today.
If you don’t have an account, its about time you do!
Recently, Matt Hart stopped by to interview the band for the MidbyNorthwest blog and did quite a fantastic job of it. (Ever try to interview 6 people while they are chowing down on fresh popcorn and ice cold Vernor’s? It ain’t easy…)
Read the interview here:
Due to bad weather in the Midwest, Mike wasn’t able to make it to NYC for the Sirius show. But, he was able to call in for an interview and debut two new songs from Offering: “At Your Gate” and “The Offering.”
The Pacing The Cage blog out of Louisville had some nice things to say about Tenebrae and believe us Mr. Ben Schneweis, we want to get our new release “Offering” out as soon as we can. A little birdie told me that some sweet digipaks are on their way back from the pressing plant and could be here very, very soon!
:: Visit “Pacing The Cage”
Blurt magazine had this to say about Tenebrae:
“The album’s finest cut, however, is the six-minute “The Killing Floor” (an original, not the old blues standard). In it a luminous, almost Daniel Lanois-esque arrangement gradually builds in intensity until Mangione, clearly in the throes of passion, slides from an earthy growl into a heavenly falsetto as he repeats the word Hallelujah over and over; it’s a little bit Leonard Cohen, a little bit Jeff Buckley, and maybe even a little bit Van Morrison, too. At that precise moment, any doubts you may have entertained over whether or not Mangione is a deeply soulful cat are completely erased.”
:: Listen to The Killing Floor.
Tom Mangione and Vince Scheuerman from Army Of Me try “double salted” black licorice. In Pt. 1, Mike Mangione tried it. Pt. 2 is Tom’s turn!
Previous videos available at http://youtube.com/mikemangione
Thanks to the Morning Blend for having us on again – we’ve got the record for most appearances and we’re not going to stop now. If you liked what you heard then come on down to Summerfest and see us at 5PM today. We’re on the Potawatomi Rock stage opening for Robert Randolph and The Family Band.