Michael Falzarano

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Michael Falzarano
Michael Falzarano performing with the New Riders of the Purple Sage at Bottom Lounge in Chicago on July 3, 2015
Background information
GenresRoots rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, guitarist
InstrumentsElectric guitar,
acoustic guitar
Years active1970s–present
Associated actsHot Tuna,
New Riders of the Purple Sage,
Memphis Pilgrims,
The Englishtown Project

Michael Falzarano is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He has been a professional musician since the 1970s, most notably in Hot Tuna, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, and the Memphis Pilgrims, a Memphis-style rock and roll/blues band that he founded in 1986.[1]

Falzarano released an album entitled We Are All One[2] in 2008 on Woodstock Records and The King James Sessions[3] in 2005 on Blues Planet Records. A re-released version of the song "Last Train Out," which he wrote in memory of the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule bass player Allen Woody, appears on the record. Blues Planet re-released Mecca,[4] an album that Falzarano and the Memphis Pilgrims originally released in 1996 on Relix Records with guests Jorma Kaukonen, Pete Sears, and Harvey Sorgen of Hot Tuna and Danny Louis of Gov't Mule.

When not performing with his own band, Falzarano can be seen with Hot Tuna, the Jorma Kaukonen Trio, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage. Falzarano also produces other artists, and teaches guitar workshops at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch.

In 2013, Falzarano's original composition "When There's Two There's Trouble" was featured in Alexandre Moors' critically acclaimed film "Blue Caprice" with Isaiah Washington, Tim Blake Nelson, and Joey Lauren Adams. Falzarano also appears in the movie.

Michael is currently touring with his band, The Englishtown Project, covering Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Marshall Tucker Band songs.



  1. ^ Michael Falzarano credits at AllMusic
  2. ^ Metzger, John. "Goin' Down the Road with Michael Falzarano", The Music Box, March 9, 2009
  3. ^ "The King James Sessions". michaelfalzarano.com.
  4. ^ "Mecca". michaelfalzarano.com.


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