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Michael van Merwyk


Michael van Merwyk


If you listen to Michael van Merwyk’s music with your eyes, you’ll see a very tall, imposing white German guy, with a Dutch name – an unlikely purveyor of the deep-roots, down-home blues. What’s he going to do, you might wonder. After all, he seems far removed from the origins of American roots music.
A much preferential method is to listen to music with your ears. Then you will hear an accomplished, fiery songster belting out fierce and emotive songs in the acoustic roots & blues tradition. He does it with reverence and dignity. He’s not faking a black accent, not disrespecting the African American heritage of this music that was rooted in the exploitation and oppression of the Jim Crow era. He’s not claiming to have invented it; or, giving himself false credit for keeping it alive. He plays it with respect and passionate devotion. In a deep, meaningful way with a tip of the hat to the originators during the golden era of this music.
He’s startingly good, as a singer/songwriter and guitarist, slide or fingerpicking. There have been great European blues singers and songsters since the mid-1960 as part of the folk & blues revival. Michael van Merwyk now deserves a seat at the table with the best of them. He sings in a rich tenor, almost baritone voice, and he is a swiftly skilled, virtuosic guitarist.
His new release “Blue River Rising“ has everything done right, exquisitely tasteful, well-crafted songs, with hot, superb instrumentation. All that in a generous set of songs, mostly written by van Merwyk. His harmonica partner Gerd Gorke plays along sensitively and elegantly, adding just the right touch to van Merwyk’s powerful and gritty merrymaking.
This fine album will give you a deserved dose of fun and joy in this mean pandemic, and that’s what roots & blues music has always done, give you lift in troubled, hard times. We need this now, the real deal, for sure, and it works like dynamite!

Frank Matheis
Contributing writer to Living Blues magazine; Co-Author of ‘Sweet Bitter Blues – Washington DC’s Homemade Blues’ with Phil Wiggins; Pub- lisher of thecountryblues.com


Cover: Oh Darling (Lied für mein Kind)
Album: Oh Darling (Lied für mein Kind)
Artist: Herr Svenson singt Liebeslieder, Bruni, Michael van Merwyk
Genre: Blues
Kat.-Nr.: TZDL-482
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2022

03. Oh Darling (Slide Version) 3:41

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Cover: Blue River Rising
Album: Blue River Rising
Artist: Michael van Merwyk
Genre: Blues
Kat.-Nr.: TZ2146
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2021

01. Blue River Rising 6:03

02. Won't Get Any Better 3:13

03. Keep Sinking 3:56

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Cover: Blue River Rising (12" Vinyl)
Album: Blue River Rising (12" Vinyl)
Artist: Michael van Merwyk
Genre: Blues
Kat.-Nr.: TZ2147
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2021

01. Blue River Rising 6:02

02. Won't Get Any Better 3:12

03. Keep Sinking 3:55

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Cover: The Bear
Album: The Bear
Artist: Michael van Merwyk
Genre: Blues
Kat.-Nr.: TZ1965
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2020

01. Shotgun Boogie 3:45

05. We're Human 4:16

11. The Bear 7:09

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Cover: I Had A Hard Way To Go (Best Of ... So Far!)
Album: I Had A Hard Way To Go (Best Of ... So Far!)
Artist: Michael Van Merwyk
Genre: Blues
Kat.-Nr.: TZSR-0002
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2019

10. Coffee 2:53

11. Next Trouble to Come 3:11

12. Hard Way To Go 5:28

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Cover: Songster
Album: Songster
Artist: Michael van Merwyk
Genre: Blues/R&B
Kat.-Nr.: TZ1621
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2018

01. Heroes 4:27

02. Breaking the law 2:41

03. Bankrobber 3:47

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Cover: Fight The Darkness
Album: Fight The Darkness
Artist: Michael van Merwyk
Genre: Blues
Kat.-Nr.: TZ1327
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2016

01. The Well 3:08

02. Tell It LIke It Is 2:23

03. Fuck You, Mr Trouble 4:15

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Cover: New Road
Album: New Road
Artist: Michael Van Merwyk & Bluesoul
Genre: Blues
Kat.-Nr.: TZ1309
Label: Groove Stew Records (12482)
Jahr: 2015

01. New Road 5:16

02. Gravy 5:19

03. Darkest Night 3:45

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Cover: Catching The Rain
Album: Catching The Rain
Artist: Michael Van Merwyk
Genre: Blues
Kat.-Nr.: TZ1207
Label: Groove Stew Records (12482)
Jahr: 2015

01. Watch Out! 4:12

02. Hard Way To Go 5:27

03. Shut Up! 4:41

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Cover: New Shoes
Album: New Shoes
Artist: Michael Van Merwyk & Bluesoul
Genre: Blues
Kat.-Nr.: TZ1310
Label: Groove Stew Records (12482)
Jahr: 2015

01. Won´t Get Any Better 3:16

02. Warm 4:36

03. Happy Man 3:42

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Cover: Darkest Night
Album: Darkest Night
Artist: Dozzler & Van Merwyk
Genre: Blues
Kat.-Nr.: TZ1226
Label: Groove Stew Records (12482)
Jahr: 2017

01. Good Loving 2:42

02. I Can´t Sleep 4:07

03. I'm Gonna Rock Some More 2:37

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Cover: Ease My Pain
Album: Ease My Pain
Artist: Michael Van Merwyk & Bluesoul
Genre: Blues
Kat.-Nr.: TZ1306
Label: Groove Stew Records (12482)
Jahr: 2015

01. Blues Keeps Calling My Name 3:01

02. Happy Man 3:07

03. Cheeky Darling 2:45

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Cover: Greatest Hits!
Album: Greatest Hits!
Artist: The Snooks
Genre: Rock
Kat.-Nr.: TZ1307
Label: Groove Stew Records (12482)
Jahr: 2016

01. Burning Down The House 2:18

02. Sweet Dreams 2:59

03. Love Will Tear Us Apart 3:55