mi2n: Michael Brondstetter – Iron Mountain

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Michael Brondstetter is a versatile guitarist and singer. So far his discography only lists one release and that release is Iron Mountain, an EP which he recorded in California. No one could accuse him of being a practitioner of tautology as, at least stylistically, he rarely repeats himself over the course of the five songs from his only record. With ease and command he is able to cover the folk, blues, rhythm and blues, country, and rock and roll genres with equal fluidity.

Dark Cloud Blues must have been the song his label (OAG Management Records) chose as the single from Iron Mountain because I’ve been hearing it played frequently over the last few months on radio stations here on the east coast. Structurally it’s the most blues based track in his repertoire. Emotionally Michael Brondstetter leaves you with the impression that he didn’t just write this song but that he actually lived through what he’s singing about.

As a composer he really has a way with words. For example, on the second verse of Dark Cloud Blues he sings:

Choosing, losing gets so old
Boozing, schmoozing, being sold
Seeing, being, makes me cry
Sing a song, word are wrong
Act the part, or be gone
Reaching, grabbing, come up short
Launch this ship before they abort

Not many writers are so good at expressing such complex feeling in such a simple fashion. Michael Brondstetter does it with every single cut I’ve listened to on Iron Mountain.

Another tune with lyrics that certainly inspire your imagination is named Ghost In The Walls and subtitled (Who’s Trying To Reach Me?). To quote the repeated chorus he delivers several times over:

What is haunting me?
Makes it harder to proceed
Why Do I feel so strange?
Like a blocked call
That I don’t see at all
Who’s trying to reach me
Maybe it’s ghosts in the walls
Maybe, Ghosts in the walls
Ghosts in the walls
Ghosts in the walls

With this track he generously shares his folk music influences with his listeners.

What surprised me the most on this little crossover compilation was Tear It Apart. If you’re in the mood to rock out this is your go to goody. Wailing electric guitars, bottom throbbing heavy bass lines, pounding drums with rolls and fills on the tom-toms, and a gritty edge to Brondstetter’s vocals are what makes his arrangement work so well. And the reason I found it such a surprise was after his more mellow numbers it felt like a rocket lifting off the launch pad and heading into the unknown wild blue yonder.

So up, up and away Mr. Brondstetter, you’ve really got it going on with this Iron Mountain EP. From the first title to the last you take us into your world and let us all look around for a spell. I hope you’re planning to put out another EP or even an album real soon. I can only speak for myself, but after listening to your only offering I have to say in all honesty, five songs are just not enough to satisfy this guy’s music loving soul.

PlayBuzz Review

“Based in the badlands of San Diego, CA, Michael Brondstetter wrote, recorded and released his first record, Iron Mountain. It’s an Americana amalgam of Folk and Blues roots that’s permeated with a strong Country and Western twang. San Diego is hardly known as a country music capital, so Brondstetter often takes to the road to perform wherever he can plug in, tune up and sing his songs. Iron Mountain opens with a tune titled Dark Cloud Blues. It’s as eerie and ominous as a killer storm brewing overhead with nary a place to hide, or to take shelter. Crunchy acoustic guitars come in on the upbeat and for the next two measures, along with some glissando Dobro slide guitar riffs, he tensely sets the stage.The effect is like how before you even see a flash of lighting you can taste the electricity and smell the ozone in the heavy, damp air you anticipate the appearance of the megawatt bolt. That sense of danger and dread prior to a tumultuous tempest you feel deep in the pit of your s”

Kurrent Music Review

“….. “Iron Mountain” is a five song CD and it’s his debut release. It was those kinds of hard knocks of life that not only made him stronger but inspired his writing. Listening to “Dark Cloud Blues, the first track of the EP, he leaves you with the feeling that what he’s singing about here is more than just a little autobiographical. It’s almost so uncomfortably close to home and so full of the pain and loss that touches everyone’s lives at one time or another that it leaves you self-consciously mesmerized. It’s that guilty feeling you get when you pass a serious car crash on the road but you just can’t turn away and stop looking.’ …..”

T. E. TAYLOR – Kurrent Music

Concho Valley Live (CBS) Performance!

Watch a segment of Michael performing with Ashley Cunha for the KLST (CBS) show Concho Valley Live. Thanks to the team there who were amazingly helpful and encouraging!

Click here to watch his performance.

Great time at KMID Odessa!

Thanks to KMID TV in Odessa, TX for having me on their morning show today! It was great to meet all of you, and I appreciate the hospitality! Can’t wait to come back soon!

To see the Full Performance, check out the KMID site, YourBasin.com Now!

Thanks KYMA!

I had such a great time at KYMA TV on Monday, Feb. 20th! Thanks for having me and for the hospitality! Stay tuned for links to the interview and performance.

TV Performance in Abilene, TX – Feb 23

Make sure you turn on ABC’s KTXS on February 23rd for another appearance from Michael! More details coming soon!


TV Performance in Yuma, AZ – February 20th!

Tune into NBC affiliate KYMA in Yuma, AZ on Monday, February 20th at 8:30 am to see Michael perform live!
For more information, and online/mobile streaming info, visit: www.kyma.com

Americana Daily Features “Dark Cloud Blues”


ReviewFix.com Interview

Review Fix Exclusive: Michael Brondstetter Talks ‘Dark Cloud Blues’ And More