"America's Got Talent" is about to kick off another season, but last year's winner, Mississippi singer-songwriter Michael Grimm, is back on the scene as he finally releases his self-titled post-"AGT" album, which boasts a surprisingly stellar array of collaborators--especially for someone who came out of a show whose other contestants include accordion-playing dogs, chainsaw-jugglers, and the like.
The Epic Records-released album, which just debuted at #13, features production from Don Was and musical contributions from Heart's Ann Wilson, the Faces' Ian McLagan, and renowned session players Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello, Cracker), Greg Leisz (Bill Frisell, Ray LaMontagne, Beck, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Sheryl Crow, Robert Plant), Kenny Aronoff (Bob Seger, Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Smashing Pumpkins), and Waddy Wachtel, (Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, James Taylor). Not too shabby.
I recently got to interview Michael via satellite about his star-studded album and post-"AGT" life, and he played a soulfully Southern-fried rendition of Alicia Keys's "Fallin'" as well. Check it all out below. Clearly, this guy's got talent!
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