Rocky Point, New York, USA

MOTU is performer Dr Richard Michelson; A winner of 2 BILLBOARD Music Awards,and a SemiFinalist IBC Winner, MOTU has a Growing Fan Base that can be seen from his 50,000+ facebook followers, over 7.2 MILLION views on YouTube, and over 450,000 SELF PRODUCED CD sales several of which have been considered for Grammy Awards! MOTU's 15th CD was released on August 2, 2015 and immediately soared to #7 on the Blues Charts! MOTU's newest 18th CD was just released March 13, 2018 !

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Here are some published RAVE Reviews about MOTU: – Summary of Several Reviews 2015

Here are some published RAVE Reviews about MOTU:

"The constant toothy presence of MOTUs electric guitar is a tightrope walk across a pit of hungry gators in the tradition of blues greats like John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy! "
-The Deli Magazine; Music Recipes from the Big Apple
"It doesnt get any better than this! This is INDIE electric JAM-BAND music at its best!"
- The NYC Underground Muse Magazine.
"Such passionate, and impressive, music says volumes about the talent possessed by MOTU."
-Neufutur Magazine
Dr Richard (motu) is a fabulous slide guitarist...the best part of an Oreo cookie...even without milk.
-GoodTimes Magazine
"The new one from MOTU is chock full of rockin' good blues. Pop it in the CD player and crank it up! "
- Jerry Schaefer, host of Graveyard Blues on Long Island, NY's ONLY Classic Rock Station 103.9 WRCN FM.
This is a feel good and have a drink type of music. Thank you MOTU!
-Skope Magazine
This is the real deal: unfiltered, honest music that could easily resonate with anyone whos experienced a rough road. MOTUs tough, yet vulnerably aching sound is the stuff great American tales are made of Elmore Magazine
Its the magnitude of Michelsons grasp of Blues music...whether he is playing his smooth slide guitar or honkin on his harp.
Dig This Real Magazine
Interpretive, talented and visionary are all words that can be applied to the stringed fluency of Motu.... The Blues Lives!
The Long Island Blues Society
Dr. Richard Michelson, a formidable blues guitarist and very raw singer... we are talking some serious blues.

MOTU (Dr Richard Michelson) is a member of ASCAP, a past Director on the Board of The Long Island Blues Society, and an active member of other Music Related Organizations that promote the education, and awareness, of American forms of music (blues, jazz, folk, roots, etc.). Contact MOTU by email:

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Elmore Magazine Reviews MOTU – Elmore Magazine

The MOTU Sampler Collection-Limited Edition ? (self-released)
Too few artists today understand the “less is more” concept. Fortunately, MOTU
is not one of them.
MOTU, the alter ego of Long Island, NY-based bluesman Dr. Richard Michelson,
is all about minimalism. His latest disc, The MOTU Sampler Collection, is for the
most part a low-key effort, yet it boils over with a ferocious
grit that is full of John Lee Hooker-meets-Tom Waits-inthe-
Mississippi Delta intensity.
The somber, solo acoustic slide guitar-driven “The Wind
Is Blowin’ From The West” is a prime example of MOTU’s
fi nest stuff–the guy’s at his best armed with just a guitar and
his often-tortured lyrics. “Going Back To Memphis” offers
more of MOTU’s subdued, yet passionate, back porch-style blues. When he sings,
“Ain’t got no Sunday suit for my grave,” it’s as gut-wrenching and authentic as
you can get without the fi rsthand experience of being a sharecropper during the
MOTU mixes it up with the lazy shuffl e of “So Lonely,” featuring band accompaniment
with complementary female vocals providing the perfect counterpoint
to Michelson’s raw vocal delivery. The rousing boogie of “Refund Check” shows
the electric side of MOTU, with Michelson blazing through some white-hot guitar
licks. For some added diversity, there’s the jazz-infl ected “All Is Blue,” further
proof that Michelson needs only a guitar and his grizzled vocal tones to keep a crowd
on the edge of their seats.
The MOTU Sampler Collection is a hefty slice of deep blues from a guy who sounds
like he knows a thing or two about hard times. This is the real deal: unfi ltered, honest
music that could easily resonate with anyone who’s experienced a rough road.
MOTU’s tough, yet vulnerably aching sound is the stuff great American tales are
made of. —Mark Uricheck

MOTU Plays The Blues!! – The Long Island Blues Society

"Interpretive, talented and visionary are all words that can be applied to the stringed fluency of Motu. His playing is fluid, articulate and ripe with personality. His unique feel, style and breadth are well worth the trip to which these audiences can readily attest. The Blues Lives!"

-The Long Island Blues Society-

MOTU's TENTH Indie CD Release Makes it on to the CDBaby EDITOR's RECOMMENDED BLUES PICKS LIST!!! – CDBaby

MOTU's TENTH Indie CD Release Makes it on to the CDBaby EDITOR's RECOMMENDED BLUES PICKS LIST!!! Go to the NEWS Section of
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MOTU - RoadHouse Jesters – SKOPE Magazine

MOTU - Roadhouse Jesters
I am a firm believer in letting the music speak for itself so I popped the CD right in. Motu is the creation of Dr Richard Michelson who has a global fanbase. He is a powerhouse in the blues genre.

This CD is actually a live CD. There is something about live blues music that makes me want to grab a bottle of Jack Daniels and sit in a bar for hours on end. Motu’s idea with the CD was to record the CD in an intimate club setting. Motu did not let anyone know that they were performing and recording live so that his fans would not drown out the live sound. He even booked the night as the ‘Roadhouse Jesters.’

The end result of Motu’s scheme is brilliant. If you can put yourself in a frame of mind to sit and play this CD and capture the musical ingenuity you are in for a treat. Some tracks of note are, “I Got My Refund Check,” “People Get Ready,” and “When The Levee Breaks.”

Not only did I enjoy reviewing this CD but I plan on playing it at many summer BBQ’s coming up. This is feel good and have a drink type of music. Thank you Motu!

Review By: Mikey Frieds

FEEL THE BLUES WITH MOTU – The NYC Deli Magazine; Music From The Big Apple

For the live recording “Roadhouse Jesters” vocalist/guitarist Dr Richard Michelson (Motu) put together a hot band of blues veterans to play an unannounced gig, and no doubt ending up winning over the folks in the room that night. The band (Ed Modzel, Dolores Chetta, Karl “Big Daddy” Reamer, George Gashonia) consistently lays down a loose and flexible pocket for Motu and Dolores to growl and purr some of the best couplets in the blues canon like ‘Everyday I Have the Blues’ and ‘Sweet Little Angel.’ Motu comfortably navigates the waters between a high energy jump blues and a slow tin pan alley burner and his whiskeyed scruff matches up well with Dolores’ soulful vocals (albeit with an New York accent). These cats are clearly schooled in the blues lexicon and know the long-loved tools and tricks of the trade. The constant toothy presence of Motu’s electric guitar is a tightrope walk across a pit of hungry gators – in the tradition of blues greats like John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy that consistently veer out of control and time in search of personal expression, Motu’s guit steps right up to the edge, slides over, then lands on its feet with a deft thud and a knowing wink. Embrace the blues in you and give it a listen.
- WW

MOTU IS THE 2008/2009 Regional International Blues Challenge (IBC) Winner! – LIBS

Aug. 17, 2008: MOTU IS THE 2008/2009 Regional International Blues Challenge (IBC) Winner!
MOTU also this week was awarded two BILLBOARD World Music Awards!

Review of MOTU - GOING BACK TO MEMPHIS – NeuFutur Magazine

MOTU – Going Back To Memphis / 2007 / 11 Tracks / /

"So Lonely" starts out "Going Back To Memphis", and it shows MOTU as an act that is tremendously influenced by blues. The male vocals during "So Lonely" have a Randy Newman-like approach to them, and the inclusion of the second, female vocals on the track give the track further expansion. The instrumentation of the track may meander, but the inclusion of both vocals do a great job of reining the instrumentation in. "52 West 8th Avenue" shows more focus in regards to the instrumentation, opening up with a guitar line that is focused, but allowed to wander at key points.

The resulting track shows the ability of the instrumentation to stick along well with the vocals. These two streams converge again during the title track. "Going Back To Memphis" shifts the style of MOTU a bit, to include a more bluegrass type of style. There is a hidden energy to the track that is present in the slide-heavy guitar lines present during "Going Back To Memphis". The band makes a heart turn into a classic type of blues sound with their "Clear Water". This is evidenced not only by the instrumentation present on the track, but even in the lyrical structure employed by MOTU. This means that there is a phrase sung, repeated again, with the third line putting forth another idea. While some of the tracks on "Going Back To Memphis" fit well in today's music, "Clear Water" shines even more brightly due to its' use of these earlier style. However, the disc shines brightest with "Walk `Till I Fall".

The dual vocals come back in a major way during this track, and while the instrumentation takes a back seat, there is nuance enough present in these vocals to keep individuals interested throughout the track. The guitar work of Dr. Richard Michelson is something to behold during all 11 tracks of "Going Back To Memphis". This is because of the full sound that he can provide with just six strings. Notes that typically would not mesh well together are given a new lease on life as Michelson's skillful fingers link them together. "Going Back To Memphis" has made a convert out of someone that would not typically get within 20 feet of a blues type of album. Even if your tastes are more closely aligned with rock, hardcore, or punk music, it would behoove you to pick up this album.

Top Tracks: I Won't Be Standing Alone, Clear Water

Rating: 7.1/10


This is the eighth release by MOTU, and individuals will be immediately attacked by the brand of blues and funk that the band inserts into each and every track. However, individuals should know that the band did not play together before this disc was recorded – some of the members did not even know each other in the slightest! Coupled with the allure of the band’s compositions on “Roadhouse Jesters”, the production on the disc is impressive enough to confuse individuals into thinking that the act went into the studio to create this album.

The first track on “Roadhouse Jesters” is “Smokestack Lightening”, a track that shows individuals that there does not need to be vocals at every point during the track. In fact, when the vocals do show up, they are just a garnish – an additional element – that makes the track more memorable. The female vocals on “Little Red Rooster” change things up considerably, with only the instrumentation remaining as a constant through the two tracks. MOTU move back towards an instrumentation-heavy approach with their third track on “Roadhouse Jesters”, “Every Day I Have The Blues”. “Every Day I Have The Blues”, despite the genre associations that the title elicits, has a funkiness to the instrumentation that will remind listeners of the original Blues Brothers soundtrack. However many approaches or styles MOTU takes during their time on “Roadhouse Jesters”, it is really during “People Get Ready” that the act solidifies and provides listeners with their first single.

The dual vocals, male and female, perfectly lie on top on the smooth and sedate arrangements on the track. Despite the fact that MOTU plays a type of blues that is rooted in the classic sounds of the genre, Dr. Richard Michelson and the rest of his band are talented enough to make their sound attractive to fans that like contemporary styles of music. The fact that individuals can take the stage and have little familiarity with the other members of their band and still create such passionate and impressive music says volumes about the talent possessed by MOTU. Here’s to hoping that word of “Roadhouse Jesters” increases to the degree that the album gets airplay on college and independent stations throughout the United States. Check out “Roadhouse Jesters” even if you would not typically consider yourself a fan of blues or other related genres of music.

Top Tracks: It Ain’t None of Your Business, It Hurts Me Too

Rating: 7.3/10