RAHWAY – Singer/songwriter Michael Nesmith’s first solo tour in over 30 years will include a stop at the Union County Performing Arts Center’s mainstage on Friday, April 12. Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are $59.50, $40, $30 and $25, and go on sale at 11 a.m. today via Ticketmaster.
“The shows will take a complete look at the songs I’ve recorded over the years, starting back when I was just a solo folk singer,” says Nesmith of forthcoming dates. “I have decades of music to draw from and I think I can put together something exciting, something that will make for a very full, dramatic and emotional evening.”
In a career that has endured for almost 50 years, Nesmith has made his mark on popular culture as a songwriter, performer, author, film-producer and actor. In the 1960s Nesmith found fame as one quarter of The Monkees. As a songwriter he has written music for such performers as Linda Rondstadt and had his songs covered by artists ranging from Run DMC to Andy Williams. A successful film producer, his name has appeared on the credits of such pictures as the cult-classic Repo Man and the Tim Robbins movie Tapeheads. In 1980 Nesmith was one of the men behind the launch of MTV.
The author of no fewer than 15 solo albums, Nesmith was a key pioneer in the development of country rock music, most notably with his work with The First National Band. His 1975 album Prison – A Book With A Soundtrack introduced the notion of combining a written story with recorded music.
His most recent solo work, Rays, was released in 2006. This body of work has been described by Rolling Stone magazine as “the
greatest music never heard.” The opportunity to hear these compositions played in an intimate setting amounts to nothing less than a