“His music is what the younger generation needs and the older generations need to remember.”
— Austin Chronicle
““Mike June has an iron spine and is unafraid enough to mix tricky realism and genuine outrage in his songs.””
— Jon Langford
Mike June makes decidedly timely music, but he does far more than document an era of unease. He has mastered the precarious balance between despair and hope and rendered it melodic across five albums, including Poor Man’s Bible, released on Slothtrop Records in 2016.
“It’s discovering artists like Mike June that makes this all worthwhile; he can certainly write a song; and the theme throughout of the ‘working man of all colours and persuasions is being trampled on’ but his execution of those songs is second to none,” writes the Rocking Magpie music blog of Poor Man’s Bible. They add that June “certainly has his finger on the button in a way Bruce hasn’t had for 20 years or more.”
One year and one brutal election later, June is pushing that button hard. The results are clear in the three-songs that comprise June’s new single, Alright, out July 14 on Slothtrop. The single features the Raleigh, NC band The Backsliders and also guest stars June’s wife, Jess Klein, on backing vocals.
“He has his finger on the button in a way Bruce (Springsteen) hasn't had in twenty years or more.”
— Rocking Magpie
“Like all great troubadours, Mike June makes honest music and sings about things that actually matter. He writes from the heart, plays with an energy that will get you going, and sings with a voice you want to listen to, because it comes from a place that’s one hundred percent real...”
— Scott Sparling, author, Wire to Wire