'The lyrics stand alone as pure poetry...' Dirty Linen Magazine FOOLHARDY Jaime Michaels may seem like the typical singer-songwriter, but with years of tours and performances across the country (and overseas) and five albums to his name, there is nothing usual about him. His new album, Fool, collects 14 sculpted stories that capture snapshots of places and remarkable moments from his life and cleverly disguise them as folk songs. Songs like "Always Never" mingle vaudevillian clinks and clanks with mandolin trills and organs that gently swoon. "Lavender Moon," on the other hand, resembles a subtle bluegrass waltz with beautifully sung harmonies courtesy of singer-songwriter Suzanna Choffel. In fact, the album is peppered with guest appearances by local musicians like Jono Manson, who also produced the album, Chris Ishee on piano and Susan Hyde Holmes on upright bass. Michaels has much to celebrate with the release of Fool. The album is yet another notch on an ever-evolving career. Gabe Gomez - the Reporter BIOGRAPHY Jaime sings. He always has. Always wanted to. Except maybe when he was in the fourth grade and Sister Mary Eymard used to traipse him and his two brothers around St. Mary's and force them to harmonize to Maguire Sisters tunes. Fortunately not too long after that he discovered what was going on up the road from the old Rhode Island homestead. And from the first act he ever saw at the Newport Folk Festival, a very young Tom Paxton, he knew what he wanted to do. That. And damned if that's not what he wound up doing. Well, more like this and that . . . a few years of sincere sixties singer songwriting in Cambridge trying to steal some of Tom Rush's tunings and Bonnie Raitt's rasp, opening shows for Dave van Ronk, Patrick Sky, Doc Watson, John Hammond and Jesse Colin Young . . . a couple of more solo years worshipping at the alter the Saints Tim, Buckley and Hardin . . . a fondly remembered stint as bass player/guitarist for the acoustic trio Beckett, touring and opening shows for Livingston Taylor, Jonathan Edwards and Earl Scruggs. Following time spent in Vermont teamed with guitarist Ron Renninger and saxophonist Leon Future in the band Favorite Cousins, Jaime left New England in 1980 for the shores of South Carolina. What followed was at least a lifetime and a half touring the deep South as lead singer for the Truly Dangerous Swamp Band, learning how to drive a truck while sleeping . . . actually, the tour lasted for a pretty constant 8 ½ years . . . The Swamp Band was out there rocking college campuses and clubs from Oxford, Mississippi to New York City, Princeton, NJ to Key West, opening shows for Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton, Poco, Roseanne Cash and Vince Gill among others . . . and all the time Jaime was gathering up the pieces of his particular musical puzzle . . . In the mid 1990's, things changed again when Jaime relocated to the New Mexican desert town of Santa Fe. The voice he found there is nothing short of amazing. He has since released six well received solo albums. His finely honed songwriting skills combined with powerful vocals and intricate guitar playing have been praised in acoustic music publications like Sing Out! And Dirty Linen magazine, as well as being singled out in songwriting competitions like the John Lennon songwriting contest and the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Contest where he is a three time finalist. In addition to touring the US performing solo at clubs, festivals and house concerts, Jaime is signed to Club de Musique Records, an indie singer/songwriter label based in Milan, Italy. He has toured in Italy and England and in 2006 recorded his album once or twice upon a time at a studio near Bologna, Italy using an all Italian backup band. Jaime's next European tour in the spring of '08 will include stops in Italy, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Germany. Also in the works is a summer '08 tour of the western US. An engaging, emotional and energetic performer, Jaime is now working to expand his touring to reach a wider US audience and to see as much of the rest of the world as is possible, singing the whole way. He's beginning to suspect that he might be into this music thing for the long run. Discography fool - (c) 2007 once or twice upon a time - (c) 2006 club de musique records (Italy) wicked dreams second chances - (c) 2003 angelus - (c) 2001 little dreams - (c) 1999 a quiet heart - (c)1994.