Nominee at the 10th annual LA Music Awards
“With Friends Like These…” contains songs written by Michael Hossler, the lead guitarist in Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band. Some of the very finest blues musicains from the Colorado front range came together to lend support to this recording. From Erica Brown’s powerful vocals on “Shake the Shack, to Rex People’s haunting vocals on “HIding in the Shadows”, Merrian Johnson’s silky smooth vocals on “You’re Gonna Miss Me”, and Jay Forrest’s amazing vocals on “I am the Invisible Man”, this disc covers a lot of blues infused material without actually being a true blues recording. The instrumental material is musical without being self absorbed, and will have you tapping your toes.
Electric and acoustic guitar, lap steel
guitar and vocals.
Born in Kentucky to a musical family, raised in
the Midwest, and turned loose to play in the
crazy days of Boulder County, Colorado in the
‘70s offered this 1980 Guitar Institute of
Technology graduate ample opportunity to
explore many diverse sonic environments. He
has performed with, Vunkelin, Dolomite, Connie
and the Cadillacs, The Rogues, Sundance and
the MIB, Ace Butler and the Aces, The Coasters,
The Platters and The Marvelettes.
Michael has won several awards for his
songwriting including 4th Place Best Guitarist in
the 1987 Colorado Songwriting Contest. His
1998 release ‘Another Day in Paradise’ earned
him finalist Best Jazz Artist category of the 2000
Los Angeles Music Awards Show in Beverley
Hills, CA; as well as two runner-ups in the Latin
category and one honorable mention in the 2001
John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
Michael join the Afrosippi Band in March of 2009 and
has been an intergral part of the Afrosippi sound