BLOOD & WATER / MIKE MANGIONE

Blood & Water

Mike Mangione

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Mike Mangione, long-respected Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter and guitarist is celebrating the release of an all-new 11-song album, Blood & Water on October 21. His sixth full-length release, the album is redolent of themes of personal sacrifice in the pursuit of a life that’s truly fulfilling. Mangione explains, “The blood signifies the

Mike Mangione, long-respected Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter and guitarist is celebrating the release of an all-new 11-song album, Blood & Water on October 21. His sixth full-length release, the album is redolent of themes of personal sacrifice in the pursuit of a life that’s truly fulfilling. Mangione explains, “The blood signifies the sacrifice, an open wound, pain and the giving of self.  The water represents cleansing, rebirth, growth, life and becoming anew.’”  My desire is to dwell with the listener and ponder things together.” 

Produced by three-time Grammy® Award winner Larry Campbell, a musician and producer who has worked with iconic artists including Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Rosanne Cash and many others, the recording is both rich, ecstatic and sublime, performed by Campbell’s hand-picked group of stellar musicians. Performing on the album are Justin Guip (Hot Tuna) on drums, Byron Issacs (The Lumineers) on bass, Tom Mangione on electric guitar, and Will Bryant on keyboards and accordion. Campbell also played on the album with guitars, pedal steel, mandolin and fiddle.

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You Didn't Come Here Alone

Mike Mangione

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You Didn't Come Here Alone

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I wanted to put together a collection of verse vignettes that exemplified the broken, self indulgent and merciless state of today’s culture; Tied together by a hopeful chorus that acknowledges that we are all in this thing together. Our human dignity outweighs personal ideologies. Acknowledgment and reverence of this reality is the necessary first

I wanted to put together a collection of verse vignettes that exemplified the broken, self indulgent and merciless state of today’s culture; Tied together by a hopeful chorus that acknowledges that we are all in this thing together. Our human dignity outweighs personal ideologies. Acknowledgment and reverence of this reality is the necessary first step towards communion.

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Anastasia

Mike Mangione

Backstory: This song is a plea for reconciliation. Sometimes in a relationship we can find ourselves at an impasse; A place in a relationship when all of the arguing, defending, and excuses are done, and we can see the pain and damage left behind. Here, the only way forward is to reach and think outside of ourselves, toward our loved one. We lay

Backstory: This song is a plea for reconciliation. Sometimes in a relationship we can find ourselves at an impasse; A place in a relationship when all of the arguing, defending, and excuses are done, and we can see the pain and damage left behind. Here, the only way forward is to reach and think outside of ourselves, toward our loved one. We lay our drawbridge down and invite the other to meet us halfway. We surrender ourselves to their Mercy and wait in the shadows of our faults. It is a hard place to dwell but one that is every bit a part of authentic love. I want this song to be affirmation for those waiting in that darkness as well as an invitation for the significant other to make that journey to meet them.

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The Turnabout

Mike Mangione

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Mike Mangione began playing guitar at 13 & later joined forces with his brother as Mike Mangione & the Kin. ‘The Turnabout’, his latest alt/indie folk track, was inspired by a frozen river he came across as he drove to his studio. “Although it is a seasonal occurrence, I was struck by the fact that I live in a place where rushing rivers

Mike Mangione began playing guitar at 13 & later joined forces with his brother as Mike Mangione & the Kin. ‘The Turnabout’, his latest alt/indie folk track, was inspired by a frozen river he came across as he drove to his studio. “Although it is a seasonal occurrence, I was struck by the fact that I live in a place where rushing rivers freeze! I quickly penned on scrap paper ‘I come from the land where the rivers freeze’. When I arrived at my studio space I wrote this song out in one sitting, which is very rare for me. The song reflects on the reality that, though our identities are deeply rooted in our place of origin, our home is defined by love. Even if I dwell in a place I have roots, I am without a home if I am not surrounded by those I love.” The track features collaborators Larry Campbell, Justin Guip (Bob Dylan/Levon Helm) & Byron Isaacs (Lumineers). Mangione’s music has been featured widely & has been highly acclaimed by Huffington Post, Relix Magazine, and Cowboys & Indians.

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