Every week the Wisconsin State Journal runs “Roughneck Grace,” a weekly column written by Mike (many of the columns will be adapted from Mike’s Tent Show Radio monologues). This week’s column ‘Michael Perry: That sinking feeling about cattle panels and theoretical beef‘ can be seen online here.
In what I would describe as one of those gratitude/bummer intersections, my email and post office mailbox fills up weekly with manuscripts, CDs, advance copies, and requests for me to review, blurb, or discuss more smart, powerful writing and heartfelt art than I could lay my eyes on if it was my full-time job, and in order to hit my own deadlines I nearly always have to respectfully decline. It does my heart good, then, when I recognize a manuscript I know the author has been working on for years out there finding its way, finding its audience, and finding its praise. Congratulations to Andrew Graff for a Raft of Stars.
Every week the Wisconsin State Journal runs “Roughneck Grace,” a weekly column written by Mike (many of the columns will be adapted from Mike’s Tent Show Radio monologues). This week’s column ‘Michael Perry: We’ve come a long way treating depression, but that black dog still hunts‘ can be seen online here.
It’s been a long year and the squirrely-ness has settled in.
When not Zooming into your living room via various livestream events, Mike has been hunkered down and churning the creative loam (sounds like a fancy way of saying, “Dad I got the tractor stuck”). There are four books in the works and a bunch of other projects in the “might maybe happen” stage.
The latest thing? Mike’s TV specials from PBS Wisconsin are now available on DVD. Michael Perry: Where I Come From and Michael Perry: How Ya Doin’? are both available for sale at the Sneezing Cow store.
In addition to the DVDs, in the last 12 months, Mike released 3 books, 2 singles with the Long Beds (each song complemented by a music video), those DVDs, and a t-shirt–all available at the Sneezing Cow Store.
All 3 of the books are collective works. Big Boy’s Big Rig: The Leftovers revisits some of Mike’s work from the 1990s, when he was a magazine freelancer hustling books off a card table at craft fairs. Million Billion and Peaceful Persistence are both collections from Mike’s “Roughneck Grace” columns at the Wisconsin State Journal.
Mike and his band the Long Beds released two new songs, Little Bird and Forty Acres Deep. Little Bird features Mike’s daughter on backing vocals and both songs had accompanying videos: Little Bird video, Forty Acres Deep video. If streaming ain’t your thing, you can also download Little Bird here and Forty Acres Deep here from the Sneezing Cow Store.
All additional music and spoken audio albums are also available on all platforms digital:
- Little Bird
- The Clodhopper Monologues
- Bootlegged at the Big Top (Live)
- Tiny Pilot
- Long Road to You
- I Got it From The Cows (THIS ONE HAS WEIRDLY BECOME A DIGITAL HIT AND WE CAN’T EXPLAIN IT…THOUSANDS OF STREAMS. REALLY. MIKE RECORDED IT ONE NIGHT IN A COFFEE SHOP A LOOOONNNNG TIME AGO.)
- Never Stand Behind a Sneezing Cow
And last but not least, if you missed it or wanna to see it again, Mike and the band streamed a live concert from the Pablo Center in Eau Claire, WI. You’ll want to see the look in his eyes when his daughter joins him on vocals. Also the look in her eyes when she realizes Dad wandered off on the wrong verse. You can watch it here.
Thanks for all your support during these tricky times. Hope you’re taking good care of your neighbors and they you. See y’down the road!
The Sneezing Cow crew
P. S. Have you heard about Mike’s voicemail? Go here (https://michaelperry.substack.com/) for more details.