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Scaling Iron Mountain With Michael Brondstetter
Here’s a really corny old joke I have heard quite a few times over my many long years in the music business:
“A new recording artist.”
It’s really hard to get attention for a new recording artist in today’s already overly glutted music market. Factor in the disadvantage of not being a spring chicken in a youth market and the hill is twice as hard to climb. Well, Michael Brondstetter entered into the music business professionally when he was in his mid fifties and the trail’s been steep and rough, But, as any good ol’ boy will tell ya, “To hell with them hills, I’m a scaling me a mountain!”
And that’s exactly what he’s been doing. Throwing his hat into the proverbial ring Michael Brondstetter recorded and released Iron Mountain (OAG Management Records). It’s an EP with 5 tunes for anyone and everyone who loves the twang of the guitar and the bow on the fiddle. Quaintly categorized on radio as Americana music Brondstetter’s blend of blues, folk and rock is a familiar as a comfy pair of shoes, but still as fresh as a newly born baby’s smile. It’s this combination of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue that makes Iron Mountain as interesting as it is.
As any experienced mountain climber could tell you, “Only a fool will try to reach the summit without the help of some kind of sherpa to guide you up.” Michael enlisted the help of veteran record producer Dove (Kirk) Arnold to sit at the soundboard controls and call the shots in the recording studio. Dove brought in the musicians he felt would best compliment the music to be recorded and the rest, as they like to say in showbiz, was history.
The lead off track on Iron Mountain is Dark Mountain Blues. Dark Mountain Blues was selected as Best Folk/Blues Song for that year by The Academia Awards committee. Also, receiving the award that year from The Academia Awards committee for Best Americana/Country Song was the second tune which appeared on the EP titled Friends. Not too shabby for a guitar strumming middle aged man who wanted to sing in places other than just his own shower.
Also, lending an assist to San Diego, California based Michael Brondstetter on Dark Mountain Blues was Chicago promotion and marketing powerhouse KES Distribution/NMAP Marketing run by former record label executive Karvin Johnson. With Johnson’s efforts doors have been opening for Brondstetter on the radio airways, concert venues, entertainment publications and television networks.
Now with his team’s support behind him, as well as the addition of Jeff Berkley to the production lineup Michael Brondstetter has a new CD planned and in the works for the near future. So, scaling up that musical mountain peak is not as impossible as it looks when you have the help and aid of the right team which you’ve assembled. As any major dude’ll tell ya, “There’s no ‘I’ in team, just a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and talent.” And oh yeah, “Just don’t look down!”