Michael Donner & The Southern Renaissance

Michael Donner & The Southern Renaissance

 Dallas, Texas, USA
BandAmericanaCountry

"This is not only one of the best under the radar releases of the year, it is one of the best releases period." by Chip Frazier (Twangville)

Biography

"Just under the wire for 2011, Michael Donner introduces himself on his first solo album. No Better Time. What an introduction! Donner is certainly going to take listeners by surprise when they discover this collection of well crafted songs. This is not only one of the best under the radar releases of the year, it is one of the best releases period." by Chip Frazier (Twangville)

Michael Donner & The Southern Renaissance are an americana/alt-country/gang of picker-gypsies from Dallas, Texas.

Donner & The Southern Renaissance recently struck out with their debut album No Better Time in early Nov 2011 - recorded at Alabama's fabled Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.

Inspired by a long line of artists from Bob Dylan to Jeff Buckley to Ryan Adams, they've recently opened several acclaimed shows around the South for the likes of Dylan LeBlanc, The Civil Wars, The Lackadaises and Sleeperstar to name a few.

2011 Highlights:
* Opened for The Civil Wars
* Opened for Dylan LeBlanc
* Opened for Sleeperstar
* Released debut album 'No Better Time', November

Management: Bryan Scott & Jacob Gentry

Lyrics

Arms of California

Written By: Michael Donner

Life's alright,
I'm getting by,
I guess everything is really fine

Watchin days,
turn into weeks,
I don't think I'll get back this wasted time

I start making plans,
they get crushed again,
this circumstance is kidnapping my life

This road is never straight,
I hope its not too late,
I'll get there I may be a little while

Dying for the arms of California
To wrap me up and carry me back home
Dying for the arms of California
To wrap me up and carry me back home...

I'm headed West,
packed all my bags,
by nightfall I should hit the state line

With just a little faith,
I hope its not too late,
When sun comes I'll see that Western Sky

Dying for the arms of California
To wrap me up and carry me back home
Dying for the arms of California
To wrap me up and carry me back home

Dying for the arms of California
To wrap me up and carry me back home...

You Really Got Me

Written By: Michael Donner

Sometimes I sit and think,
wonder what would become of me
Could I ever find my way to smile,
without having you right by my side

You really got me girl, don't you

I know your roads been tough and long
and somehow you keep carrying on
Like the beautiful sound of salvation's song
girl you saved me and I loved you all life long

You really got me girl, don't you
You really got me girl, don't you

I'm gonna do whatever I can do
If I can I'm gonna keep my mind on you
You're the reason I keep carrying on

You really got me girl, don't you
You really got me girl, don't you

Tall Trees

Written By: Michael Donner

I look up at the tall trees,
they're just staring back at me
And I go to the place,
where I can find a little piece

I go down to the big creek,
get down upon my knees
I pray Lord
won't you change a man like me

There's a full moon rising
And I'm sittin' here staring into this same fire
Saying please tell me that I'm gonna be alright

I go down and I'm going deep,
let the water wash all over me
Like they did in the Jordan,
come away and make me clean

At the top of this mountain I can see,
everything laid out in front of me
But the valley's always waiting,
always waiting on me

There's a full moon rising
And I'm sittin' here staring into this same fire
Saying please tell me that I'm gonna be alright

X 2

Stop This Thinkin

Written By: Michael Donner

I try to lay down but you're still on my mind,
no wonder I can't get past you this time, this time

You come and visit me when I'm asleep,
always in sight but just out of reach, just out of reach

Stop This Thinkin
This Believing
Quit This Dreamin
Get Some Sleepin

I chase you through downtown, then you're gone again,
the chase that I'm on just won't seem to end

I've got to move on now move on with my life,
I'm saying goodbye now I'm sorry I tried, God know I tried

Stop This Thinkin
This Believin
Quit This Dreamin
Get Some Sleepin

Discography

No Better Time - released November 2011

Set List

Slip Away
Anna Lee
On The Horizon
You Really Got Me
Watching You
Old Fashioned Way
Living Free
Tall Trees
Stop This Thinkin
Do Me Right
The Ghost
Arms of California
Promise Me
Been A Long Time