For singer-songwriter Mike Sanford, rodeoing is a lot like being a musician. A few years ago, he decided that playing a guitar was a little easier on him than riding bareback on a bucking horse. Mike went from “a dirt-broke cowboy to a dirt-broke musician,” but he says the first is good training for the latter. It’s still the care-free and spontaneous lifestyle he thrives on.
“You drive hundreds of miles to get beat up on and sleep in a car,” Mike jokes.
His latest album, “Hope & Broadway,” has been working its way out of his heart for a long time. Mike was raised in the Texas Hill Country and grew up with a passion for God, rodeo, and country music. A former collegiate and professional bareback bronc rider, Mike also played the Texas/Red Dirt music scene for years, playing old favorites and songs off his first original album.
While serving as the worship leader at his local church, he felt a life-altering call to retire from riding and work on a music project with a slightly different inspiration. He aspired to reach a new audience with the same classic Texas country sound he honed on the road, but spreading the message of The Gospel. As anticipation grew with the completion of “Hope and Broadway,” so did the support from his home congregation.
The project fuses his rough-around-the-edges, gritty, red dirty country roots with an honest, sincere, spiritual journey. His first single will be “Can I Get An Amen,” and he is currently filming the music video for the song.
“I hope (DJs) realize that they’re spreading a message that can turn someone’s day around. A message that reminds someone what ‘living’ is all about. It’s good stuff,” says Mike.
“Hope and Broadway” features the production work of Joe Hardy (Steve Earle, Del McCourey Band, Jeff Healey Band) and Rich Brotherton (Robert Earl Keen Jr.). The project also showcases the cover design work of Grammy Award winning graphic artists Sarah and Shauna Dodds.
“Mike Sanford is a unique faith-driven Americana talent,” says Lamon Records’ president and Grammy nominated, Dove award winning producer Dave Moody. “His songwriting is current and fresh, and he has a voice that transcends multiple genres.”
Industry veteran Nancy Tunick has this to say about Mike and his album:
“Having heard a lot of music from artists at varying stages of their careers while as VP Promotion at Warner Bros and Asylum Records and as Managing Partner at GrassRoots Promotion, I have rarely heard an artist who surprised me in the way that Mike Sanford did with his latest project. His voice and production have a gritty, modern take on country music mixed with a red dirt feel, but his lyrics have an unexpected spiritual depth. I am new to the music world of Mike Sanford but I have quickly become a serious fan.”
Mike Sanford’s first single, “Can I Get An Amen,” will be released to radio September 27th with a music video to follow. “Hope and Broadway” will be available on Lamon Records October 21st on Amazon, iTunes, and everywhere music is sold. For more information on Mike and other Lamon Records artists, visit www.lamonrecords.com.