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.