I briefly met Michael Dean Damron when he opened for Two Car Garage at Dante’s in downtown Portland. He’s a great hairy beast of a man who leans into the mic as he belts out dusty ballads and scornful tales. He rides close to his heroes, including Steve Earle, Alejandro Escovedo, Townes Van Zant and Waylon Jennings. His voice is of the same timbre and abrasion as Two Cow’s Micah Schnabel’s, but Damron has clearly put more miles on.
His one sheet say Damron, “spent the first half of this decade cutting his teeth on the finer points of delivering sermon-like epithets and exposing his own personal demons that has resulted not only in an impressive body of work but the art of truth telling, for better or worse.” That truth certainly rings through on crushers like “Angels Fly Up.”
Michael Dean Damron served as the former frontman for I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House through four albums and several tours. While he may no longer carry that moniker, I don’t doubt he could still hold his own against most any SOB.
Michael Dean Damron “By The Time I Get To Heaven”