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Scranton folk rock singer/songwriter MiZ releases new album at Jazz Cafe in Plains on Jan. 26

Scranton folk rock singer/songwriter MiZ releases new album at Jazz Cafe in Plains on Jan. 26
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From a press release:

It was announced today that Scranton folk rock singer/songwriter Mike Mizwinski, known simply as MiZ, will play a CD release show for his new album, “A Year Ago Today,” at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.

Doors at the Jazz Cafe (667 N. River St., Plains) open at 8 p.m., and the 21+ show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets, which are $8 in advance or $12 at the door, can be purchased online via HoldMyTicket.

Attendees can pick up physical copies of the upcoming album before it is released worldwide through BAMF Records on Feb. 14. MiZ is working with longtime Grateful Dead publicist and music historian Dennis McNally on the release of the record and the corresponding tour, which will be announced shortly.

MiZ is a soulful rock/Americana artist who is known as a skillful and well-rounded master of both acoustic and electric guitar. His sound is directly impacted by the coal mining region of Pennsylvania, and his songs evoke the rustic tones and imagery you would expect from the region and its cultural heritage. The singer, songwriter, and guitarist gives his name to his band and his solo work, and it is his heart and soul – poured into the words and his guitar – that drives it all forward.

Use the term “singer/songwriter” loosely here, as a MiZ show can feature fast, intricate instrumental guitar compositions, foot-stomping bluegrass, soulful ballads, creative covers, and a melting pot of different styles, textures, flavors, and feels that make up his catalog (over four albums worth) of self-penned songs. He has maintained a freshness, a vibe, that keeps fans coming back for more, whether he is performing his original songs or tributes to Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, and other popular artists.

MiZ has opened for America, The Wallflowers, Derek Trucks Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Blues Traveler, Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, Leon Russell, Railroad Earth, and many more. Since 2010, he has played in cities all over the world, spanning from Berlin, Germany to Canada to Los Angeles to Austin, Texas to New York City and everywhere in between. He has even played onstage with artists such as America, Umphrey’s McGee, Donna Jean Godchaux, members of The Band, Ratdog, moe., Particle, String Cheese Incident, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Jackie Greene, Marc Ford, and more. He is now endorsing Framus/Warwick guitars and won the Tri-State Indie Acoustic Artist of the Year award two years in a row in 2011 and 2012.

See NEPA Scene’s photos of MiZ performing at the Love of Recovery Free Music Festival at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre in September here; the CD release show for “Parking Meters,” his previous album, here; and get a behind-the-scenes look at the cover shoot for “Parking Meters” here.

Photo by Brittany Boote/Boote Photography Studio