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Michigan singer/songwriter comes on strong with new CD

cd_baby_fbOak Park, MI February 18, 2013 – Detroit area singer/songwriter George Heritier has released “In My Element,” his first full-length studio recording in more than three decades.

The new, 11-song effort marks a comeback of sorts for Heritier, though he never entirely left. The veteran of popular 70s-era rock-country-blues bands has appeared at select folk events and venues through the years, releasing a lone single, “The Ballad of the Third Street Bridge,” along the way. Still, “In My Element” is clearly the product of serious, recent woodshedding, showcasing Heritier’s revitalized commitment to his craft.

As a songwriter, Heritier sticks with what he knows best: Michigan, American roots music and George Heritier. A witty, mildly eccentric sort, he is a rabid locavore and aficionado of fine beer and wine who peppers his lyrics liberally with references to these passions, calling out his personal brand preferences with gusto.

Of “In My Element,” music critic Michael O’Brien writes, “George has been making music for most of his life, and it’s nothing short of a genuine delight to hear him singing, playing, and writing, better than ever. In the best traditions of folk music, his songs evoke personal experiences and historical events, and George certainly has had some experiences, let me tell you.”

“In My Element” features Heritier on acoustic six- and 12-string guitars, harmonica and lead vocals; David Mosher on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass and vocals, and Bill Arnold on dobro. Featured tracks include “In My Element,” “Drunk Bug Swimmin’,” “Pine Cone Buddha” and an a capella version of the traditional “Michigan-I-O.” The album is available at and through iTunes, and CD Baby.


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"In the best traditions of folk music, George’s songs evoke personal experiences and historical events, and George certainly has had some experiences, let me tell you. But the experiences of which he sings so truthfully here, while almost mundane when taken literally, are made to seem so much more meaningful, so much more heartfelt in his hands and within his voice. These arrangements are as near to the folk tradition as one could hope, are exactly all that’s necessary for each song, and when accompaniment and backing vocals are used, they feature David Mosher on several traditional instruments, as well as Bill Arnold on dobro, providing simple support to George’s already ample foundations." —Michael O'Brien, Open Mike


And George Heritier from Oak Park shared his clever songwriting, cool and entertaining lyrics and hot guitar/harmonica riffs. He got the best round of applause for the whole festival! I am a huge fan of acoustic blues and folk music and George is one of the best I have heard. I would make it a point to go see him ANY time he plays, it will be well worth the effort! —John P. Bayerl, PhD - SeMi