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Michael Shynes to give concert at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale

Minneapolis-based singer/song writer Michael Shynes, who specializes in acoustic guitar and vocals, will perform a concert on Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale in Alexandria.

Shynes released his first album, Lifeline, about two years ago, and it drew acclaim from music heads and supporters across the country.

Rebecca Cicione of Columbia Records wrote, “Musically, I’m in love. His light, accessible, passionate sound is one that had me hitting the repeat button on one song for almost an hour.”

Over the last year, Shynes took several months off to be with his father as he battled a terminal illness. It was an experience he drew on heavily when writing songs for this record, he said.

“The way I see it, I could give his suffering meaning by allowing it to motivate me. The other option would be to let it completely consume me, and that would be giving the disease the glory,” Shynes said.

He is now on tour to promote his latest album, When Here and Now Becomes There and Then. He will tour the album nationally with upcoming trips to Chicago, Illinois; Nashville, Tennessee; Austin, Texas; New York, New York; and Los Angeles, California over the course of the summer.

He plans to reconnect with platinum recording artist Howie Day, with whom he toured over the past year, as well as possible appearances with Tyler Ward and Ben Rector.

When Here and Now Becomes There and Then features Shynes’ ability to blend many genres of music over an acoustic landscape. He uses atmospheric tones and understated percussion to tell stories.

“I feel that as singer/songwriters, we have the rare ability to speak directly with our listeners, and that has never been an opportunity I take lightly,” he said.

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