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MayWorks presents The Joe Hill Road Show by Michel & Nell
Saturday 30 May 2020, 08:00pm
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The MayWorks Festival presents The Joe Hill Roadshow by Michael & Nell
Saturday, May 30th, 2020
Broadcast LIVE at 8pm CST on YouTube at

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Michael & Nell (Michael J. August and Nell Levin) continue the tradition of entertaining, irreverent social commentary, humanity and humor that they manifested in the “formidable” (Nashville Scene) Shelby Bottom String Band in 2008 and Shelby Bottom Duo in 2016. They have attracted fans with originals like “East Nashville Rag”, “Displacement Blues”, named by the Tennessean as “Nashville’s newest social justice anthem” and “Fat and Bald”, an audience favorite about life’s unintended consequences. They also delight listeners with some obscure, quirky songs that deserve a wider audience. Their upcoming album, Welcome Home, comprised mostly of original songs, will be released in early 2020.

Michael & Nell have performed at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and at many venues, including festivals, house concerts and benefits for environmental, community and social justice organizations. They created the acclaimed multi-media Joe Hill Road Show in 2016 and have performed it 27 times for colleges, unions and community groups. In October 2016, they released a companion CD. They have received Humanities Tennessee, Metro Nashville Arts Commission THRIVE, TN Arts Commission and Puffin Foundation funding for their Road Show.

Michael J. August is a songwriter and was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Shelby Bottom String Band for 7 years. He has played as a solo fingerstyle guitar act in bars & coffeehouses. He hosted an acoustic music radio show on WRFN for eleven years. Nell Levin has played with Americana artist Tom Roznowski, Buffalo Gals, Cadillac Cowgirls, Goldrush and bluegrass pioneer Earl Taylor. She was voted Most Promising Female Songwriter by Tennessee Songwriters Association. She was the primary songwriter, fiddler and back-up vocalist for Shelby Bottom String Band for 7 years.

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