Michael Fitz

Michael Fitz

BandRockAdult Contemporary

Biography

Plunging into the black depths of the ocean… pushing through colossal mounds of sand... there is oil. That oil needs to be unearthed and drilled for sale and consumption. In the early years, Michael Fitz found himself on an offshore platform drilling for oil. He was desperate and needed money. Michael says, “I had a bad habit, I wanted to eat… that’s why I started working offshore.”

Within the loneliness and desolation, Michael started writing songs. And through the exhaustion, the fires and the heat… he compiled an essay of thoughtful melodic stories. Michael Fitz’s debut CD, Never Look Back, features stunning musical essays on life and living in the moment.

Born in Lexington, Kentucky and raised on his grandfather’s tobacco farm, Michael started playing guitar at age 11. He wrote poetry at age 8. His Dad didn’t approve and tried to persuade his son to play golf.

Fitz put himself through college. He attended the University of South Carolina and graduated with a degree in Business and a minor in Music Theory and Composition.

Michael says, “I was writing songs while offshore in the Gulf of Mexico drilling for oil. I was trained as a chemical engineer and sent to California. I was a nerd but when it came to putting out explosive fires at the oil site I did my job well.”

Michael Fitz’s debut CD, Never Look Back was born out of grit, hard work and despair. It showcases Michael’s talent for songwriting and his ability to bend poetry into song. The first single “The Way It Goes” is full of metaphors and lush homegrown songwriting.

The CD was produced by renowned vocal coach Rosemary Butler. Rosemary sang and toured with Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and Crosby Stills and Nash. It was recorded at Charlie Midnight Studios in Glendale, CA in 2006. Never Look Back was recorded and mixed by John Perez (2007). The CD features seasoned session players: Leland Sklar on bass and guitar (Phil Collins, Lyle Lovitt); On drums, the legendary Tony Brock (The Babys, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Jeff Beck, Roy Orbison); and Lee Thornberg on trumpet. Michael says, “I was learning so much from Rosemary. We were working the songs together for Never Look Back and we just clicked.”

Rosemary sang backing vocals with Crosby Stills and Nash for years. In 2006, Neil Young called Rosemary and asked her to assist in gathering 100 singers for a choir to be featured on his next record Living With War. Michael was one of the lucky 100 singers in the choir. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 album chart on May 27, 2006, with approximately 60,000 copies sold. It remained on the chart for 14 weeks. In 2007, the album received 3 Grammy nominations. Young was one of the first artists to publicly denounce George Bush and declare: “Let’s impeach the President for life.”

Michael says, “I learned so much from that session. The lyrics were on a projector and the album was recorded in analog. I got to chat with Neil also. He was so focused and inspired about the importance of what he was doing.”

Never Look Back is the culmination of years of hard work and intense songwriting. The first single, “The Way It Goes” is how Michael Fitz lives his life. He says, “That song is my mantra. It’s about coping with life. And to do that, sometimes you just have to suck it up, get dressed, go out and make stuff happen.”

Lyrics

Ride on New Orleans

Written By: Michael Fitz

Ride on New Orleans

Great River running hard down into the sea
Salt tears in an old man’s eyes washin’ my soul clean
I was born a Vagabond, singer of the times
Take me down to the water son let me through a line
And the Truth shall be known

Ride on New Orleans
And tell the world what it means to be free
Ride High New Orleans
You’re everything to me

A cold wind can chill a man straight down to the bone
A cold heart can kill a man I don’t wanna be alone
I was born a wanderer, a man of peaceful means
No one calls me their own but I still got my dreams
And the Truth shall be known

Ride on New Orleans
And tell the world what it means to be free
Ride High New Orleans
You’re everything to me

Sometimes this world seems such a lonely place
I throw my prayers into outer space
But I’ve got faith in my fellow man
I wanna tell you keep doing the best you can

Ride on New Orleans
And tell the world what it means to be free
Ride High New Orleans
You’re everything to me
Everything to me

It’s never easy to be free
It’s never easy
It’s never easy to be free
It’s never easy, never easy

The Way it Goes

Written By: Michael Fitz

Looking hard, you best be looking fast
Boxcar Elder fell and broke the looking glass
Then tomorrow comes and kicks you in the ass
Like a memory of a love that couldn’t last

That’s the way it goes
Walk away and everybody knows
Put on your Sunday clothes
Cause that’s the way it goes

Grace ran off and got hitched to a post
Sailing somewhere off the Santa Barbara coast
Everyday she wonders how that ship can float
So full of holes and her heart so full of hope

That’s the way it goes
Strike a match and the Santa Ana’s blow
The prophet always knows
That’s the way it goes

Everyday make love with all your might
Until the day you fall into the light
Until the day you fall into the light

That’s the way it goes
Walk away and everybody knows
Put on your Sunday clothes
Cause that’s the way it goes

Discography

Michael Fitz "Everything Must Change" 2008
Michael Fitz "Never Look Back" 2006
Neil Young "Living with War" 2006

Set List

Dorita
Wish I Knew
Ride on New Orleans
The Way it Goes
Too Hard to Handle
Older
State of the Heart
Fools Paradise
Whatever Happened
Poor Pitiful Me
Dreams to Remember
Never Look Back
Shooting Star
Lies Will Huant You
Temptation
You Did So Good
Everything Must Change

We usually do a 75 minute show or shorter.