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Michael Roe

1300 Iroquois Ave Suite 150

Naperville, Illinois 60563

United States

Company Description

Homepage for Michael Roe. Discography, Lyrics, Webstore and More more

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Background Information

Employment History

Outreach
Sacramento's Warehouse church

Mike Roe Video Services Inc

Unison Music Group LLC

Affiliations

Members
77's LTD

Lead Vocalist, Guitarist and Surviving Original Member
MySpace

Founder
The Phantom Tollbooth

Education

Master Classes

Web References (198 Total References)


77s.com - 7Ball Critical Discography

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The 77's & Michael Roe

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Read 7ball's exclusive Interview with Michael Roe
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"It was charity," said Roe of the Scratch Band's work as an outreach of Sacramento's Warehouse church.
It wasn't until they started recording, he said, that the band decided they might have any artistic pretensions.
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About the first three albums, Roe said: "I look at those and say that was part of learning.
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7&7 is (Michael Roe sort of solo)
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Roe scored a couple of college radio successes with the one-two shot of "Miserable" and "Tattoo.
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When it finally saw the light of day courtesy of Brainstorm Records three years later, it was shrunk to a single disc collection featuring material written exclusively by Roe, save for a spirited cover of the Yardbird's "Over, Under, Sideways, Down."
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Self-titled by the record company, but called "Pray Naked" by the band and fans (my copy was hand titled by Mr. Roe hisself), this was the first 77's all-new recording in five years and the first to feature new members David Leonhardt and Mark Harmon.
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"Pray Naked" set the stage for Roe's "end of your rope" narratives that have defined his work since this project.
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How did Mike Roe celebrate conquering the ccm mainstream and landing a deal with Myrrh Records, the mother ship of all Christian pop labels? How else?
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Michael Roe
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"Till Jesu Comes" and "I Need God" were the two singles that *again* could have put Roe over the top of the christian radio charts, but never got the shot.
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Roe insists, "it's not truly a box set.
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With fewer players and musical layers to lean on, Roe puts his guitar in the listener's face with a fiery blues assault that stands in contrast to the pop and gospel from Safe as Milk and the post-modern rock on Drowning with Land in Sight.
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Michael Roe
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For example, on "Love Like Gold" Roe combines a slight country twang with Beach Boys' harmonies and Jerry Garcia-influenced lead guitar. Few others can effectively draw on such a wide array of influences without losing sight of the song. Again Roe manages not only to keep the song in focus, but use these subtle shades to draw subtle nuances out of the music that a narrower focus would ignore or not explore.
Harmon and Spencer join Roe on this musical excursion, and prove to be as versatile as their leader at performing disparate styles of music.


77s.com - 7Ball Critical Discography

www.77s.com [cached]

The 77's & Michael Roe

...
Read 7ball's exclusive Interview with Michael Roe
...
"It was charity," said Roe of the Scratch Band's work as an outreach of Sacramento's Warehouse church.
It wasn't until they started recording, he said, that the band decided they might have any artistic pretensions.
...
About the first three albums, Roe said: "I look at those and say that was part of learning.
...
7&7 is (Michael Roe sort of solo)
...
Roe scored a couple of college radio successes with the one-two shot of "Miserable" and "Tattoo.
...
When it finally saw the light of day courtesy of Brainstorm Records three years later, it was shrunk to a single disc collection featuring material written exclusively by Roe, save for a spirited cover of the Yardbird's "Over, Under, Sideways, Down."
...
Self-titled by the record company, but called "Pray Naked" by the band and fans (my copy was hand titled by Mr. Roe hisself), this was the first 77's all-new recording in five years and the first to feature new members David Leonhardt and Mark Harmon.
...
"Pray Naked" set the stage for Roe's "end of your rope" narratives that have defined his work since this project.
...
How did Mike Roe celebrate conquering the ccm mainstream and landing a deal with Myrrh Records, the mother ship of all Christian pop labels? How else?
...
Michael Roe
...
"Till Jesu Comes" and "I Need God" were the two singles that *again* could have put Roe over the top of the christian radio charts, but never got the shot.
...
Roe insists, "it's not truly a box set.
...
With fewer players and musical layers to lean on, Roe puts his guitar in the listener's face with a fiery blues assault that stands in contrast to the pop and gospel from Safe as Milk and the post-modern rock on Drowning with Land in Sight.
...
Michael Roe
...
For example, on "Love Like Gold" Roe combines a slight country twang with Beach Boys' harmonies and Jerry Garcia-influenced lead guitar. Few others can effectively draw on such a wide array of influences without losing sight of the song. Again Roe manages not only to keep the song in focus, but use these subtle shades to draw subtle nuances out of the music that a narrower focus would ignore or not explore.
Harmon and Spencer join Roe on this musical excursion, and prove to be as versatile as their leader at performing disparate styles of music.


77s.com - 7Ball Feature Story on Michael Roe

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It's 11 o'clock Wednesday morning (Sacramento time) and Michael Roe, one-third of the seminal Christian rock band the 77's, isn't by his phone like he promised when we spoke the previous Friday...

Michael Roe
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...However, his infamous answering machine is working just fine: "Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah," strains a child's voice over the hiss and crackle of an overly used microcassette before breaking into a giggle. The next verse--same as the first, a little bit louder and a little bit worse--is joined by a man's gravelly bass who sounds like he should have had four more hours of sleep--or cups of coffee--before attempting this feat. Less than an hour later, Mike gets treated to my answering machine: "Hi. Please leave a message and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. All apologies, he explains he is experiencing a really bad morning and would I be so kind to call back ASAP. I am.
Welcome to a day in the life of Michael Roe. His is an existence filled with phone tag, goofy messages and requests for waffles for breakfast from a 6-year-old girl. It's bluesy guitars, recording budgets that disappear too fast and people wanting money and time. It's a spiritual yearning cloaked in metaphor and coupled with a desire to be as real as he knows how. It's a matter of getting the boat ashore before the winds change direction or the leaks sink it. "I've had the title The Boat Ashore for many years," says Roe concerning this, his third solo release. Hooking up with longtime friend and current 77's drummer Bruce Spencer, the two crafted an album rife with moody, acoustic pop, which Roe describes as "autumnal.
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Throughout the album, Roe points out hints of Fleetwood Mac, Jerry Garcia and Bruce Hornsby, among many others.
Though the overall vibe is laid back and reflective, Roe refers to the final days of production as "the panic sessions. A self-proclaimed procrastinator, he admits he got a little lazy with the lyrics, hoping they would "tumble out" as he went along.
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Admitting that the idea of God wanting to love him intimately is a difficult idea to grasp, Roe says many of the songs fall into the "prayer and plea" category.
Some document turmoil (I've got a debt that I carry around, carry around like a weight/It don't relieve me to know/That it's already paid), while others are subtle celebration of a connection being made (Near the waterfall/When you speak I don't hear the water fall/I hear with my heart and you speak to me softly and clearly ... ).
"When I look at how hard the world is--the world God made and allowed to go astray--I can get so upset that I tend to mispercieve his love and not be able to see it," confides Roe.
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To listen to The Boat Ashore is to catch a glimpse of the world according to Roe. From the opening, where two unknown females think they're being clever by singing "Michael Roe your boat ashore" on his answering machine, to the refrain of "Be Yourself! on track 77, The Boat Ashore is the artist's attempt to present the world through his eyes. "Waking up to something like an answering machine message with people singing a bad joke ... it sounded like they were at some type of drunken party with people thinking, 'Let's drive Mike crazy.' Placing the lyrics to the song 'The Boat Ashore' right after that is the most autobiographical I think I've ever been. It communicates the feelings I get when I wake up and have to face the day, and I'm just simply unprepared."
Critical Discography: the recording history of the 77's and Michael Roe


77s.com - It's For You

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Song: It's For You - by Mike Roe From: Safe As Milk (12 song version) As transcribed by Kurt Knutson. ( knurty@aol.com


77s.com - 1997 Announcements

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Now's your chance to play promoter, assistant promoter or pointman for the real deal -- Mike, Mark and Bruce -- rock-n-roll icons, the 77's.

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Here's the deal: Mike, Mark and Bruce would like to do some light touring this Winter and early Spring.
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Last night in an otherwise relaxed converasation w/ Mike, he got real serious for a couple of minutes and asked that I convey the following to the list and request that you take the same to your friends, churches, pastors, family and anyone you know that will take this prayer request seriously. This is a lengthy post, but please know that Mike wanted the whole of this "story" posted.
Mike has a very dear friend, Marc Kielich, who has been, since the age of 16, a student of Mike's. Mike has a very dear friend, Marc Kielich, who has been, since the age of 16, a student of Mike's.
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Mike eventually became so impressed with this former student that he wanted to do a project or two with him. As a result, Mike and Marc formed two "side" bands called Helicopter and Orbis (Orbis is an instrumental duo).
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Mike mentioned that playing with Marc, "has given me more musical joy than almost anything else I have ever done.
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In fact, Mike was looking forward to presenting to us fans the art of Helicopter and Orbis at an appropriate time. CDs of the work have been shopped to various recording companies and Mike and Marc have caught the attention of Warner Brothers -- they have indicated that they are very interested in the projects.
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Obviously, Mike is very concerned.
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At this point in our coversation Mike mentioned how the parallels of this situation and that of David Leonhardt's earlier illness are staggering...a former student, a band mate, a life-threatening disease...And, Mike believes that the only reason that David is still here with us is that the fans "prayed him through and God heard the prayers of the fans.
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At this point in our coversation Mike mentioned how the parallels of this situation and that of David Leonhardt's earlier illness are staggering...a former student, a band mate, a life-threatening disease...And, Mike believes that the only reason that David is still here with us is that the fans "prayed him through and God heard the prayers of the fans.
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Mike is once again asking that the fans, their family, friends, churches, etc. extend their faith and earnestly pray for Marc.
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Finally, Mike stated that, "This is more important than anything the band is doing," and that, "This is what really matters...what this band is really about. Please pray for Marc and please write to Mike letting him know that your prayers are covering Marc.
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Just drop Mike a short note at P.O. Box 1441, Citrus Heights, CA 95611. Mike will take the notes to Marc and show him the letters which accompany our prayers.
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Please allow me to convey Mike's thank you for your concern and action.
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> Mike and I are on the final stages of putting together the 77's first > retrospective video.
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> looking for this and other footage, and that Mike will be very happy if > someone finds it for us. If you have a copy of this footage or anything > else that you might think is interesting email me privately or contact Mike
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Mike has indicated that it is a close race, but that one victorious promoter will soon emerge. Remember, at stake here is the shirt Mike worn on the cover of "All Fall Down.
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(2) It's For You O' Canada: Canandian promoters interested in bringing Mike to your neck of the woods please contact JT at (812) 886-4637 (h) after 7:00 p.m. central time. Mike is available for winter solo gigs or with a full back-up band (sorry, it's not the 77's). Please call or write regarding serious inquiries.
(3) Jan/Feb '98 Mike Roe solo gigs: Mike will be back on the tour trail this winter and is specifically interested in "doing" the East coast. Interested promoters please contact JT. There will be an anchor weekend in New Jersey with a confirmed show in Manville. Other NJ gigs are presently being booked and it looks like Mike will do a 3 day weekend of shows in NJ in Jan/Feb. Dates will be announced soon. If you want in on the action, please call or write for details and regarding questions.
(4) The 77's are accepting fly dates from interested promoters as the guys have talked about doing some light touring here in the next few months. Contact JT.
(5) Finally, here is your standing invitation to have Mike play your local bar, coffeehouse, school or other venue (although, seriously, churches are discouraged as Mike is more open to testify before society's cross-section than to the "churched").
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If you have not yet purchased their CD "language Of Fools" which was produced by our own Mike Roe you need to hurry and write either Chris Taylor or Greg Carnes : Love Coma P.O. Box 33544 San Antonio, Texas, 78265.
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Mike and I have made a little sound bite for y'all with my new cpu! (For those of you who care, I finally upgraded my 486SX33 with 16M RAM and 14.4 Modem to an AMD100Mhz Pentium clone, with a stereo sound card, 8X CD-ROM, 33.6 Modem, and 2 more hard drives which brings my total capacity to a whopping 700MB! I still have 16MB RAM, but that will change soon (hehe). Donations of hard drives and the newest version of Page Maker for Win95 on CD-ROM will be gladly accepted.... :P Enjoy!
I hope that many of you get to see Mike and Dave on this tour!
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While Mike is gone, Mark and Bruce are going to start putting together the next 77's album!!!!
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For those of you who got into "tom tom Blues" the new material is "a logical progression, or step up from that material" says Mike. For those of you who didn't get "tom tom", and couldn't relate to it, this new stuff will certainly "Rock the flock and make the devil's horns to lock. I am really excited about the new material, can you tell?
Also while Mike is gone, I'll be finishing up the new newsletter which will be called "Mark My Words" featuring interviews with Mark Proctor, Mark Tootle, and Mark Harmon.
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Please pray for Mike and Dave, may God bless them with outstanding performances and keep them safe out there on the road....
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Time after time I moved it when I crossed it again and again...." Mike Roe
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Did you know I'm playing with Mike on the "It's For You" tour? I didn't know if you were aware of this and I thought you might want to mention it on the web site (which is looking very cool).
Mike & I discussed which songs we would like to play and we decided - all of them.
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How about steppin' up this "nude" discussion...what if Mike decided to place this pic w/ full frontal nudity on an album cover?! ;-p Would anyone put it past him to engage in such a feat?!
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Mike played lead for them in the studio and the project was produced by Terry Taylor and Gene Eugene.
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Mike said he was really impressed w/ their sound and has high hopes for 'em.
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The Merchandise page now has two T-shirts that are sure to go fast - the re-released "More Miserable" shirt (they ran out a while ago) and the new controversial "It's For You Tour" shirt which is rumored to have full frontal nudity of Mike Roe. Film at 11. :-) Hopefully it's just a rumor because it would be a tragic decision to make right when he was on the verge of making it big.
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Subject: Mike Roe
here's the latest details for the upcoming national Mike Roe tour. for all the latest news check out http://www.77s.com/.
-------------- Spend an evening with the lead singer of the legendary rock 'n' roll band, the 77's. Mike Roe will put on an intimate acoustic solo show that will retrace the history of this great band and much, much more!
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Mike will perform on Thursday, October 9 at Crossroads Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky (directions below). The Orphans, a Lexington-area band, will open. The show starts at 7 p.m. Please note that this is a solo performance by Mike.
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Also, Mike and I are now planning the "2nd" leg of the tour, those who didn't get in on the first one before the route was planned and those on the west coast. We should be able to put together b/w 7 and 10 dates. Right now it looks like we'll get Mike to NJ, then MS, TX, WA, OR and CA.
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Only those of you on this email list and those of you who read this in the future on the homepage (should Steve decide to archive this there somewhere), will be the only ones to read this for several reasons, one of which being I want this to be my words free of editorial control...so the opinions expressed in the following belong solely to me, and are not necessarilly the opinions of Mike Roe, or any member of The 77's past and present (I hope that satisfies JT)...
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I couldn't leave until after the showcase anyway, because Mike was going to use Scott Reams, Zoppi's keyboardist on this Cornerstone gig, and I needed to take his keyboards, plus Bruce needed to

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