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Michael Packer is an Amerihave the right to singer-songwriter, guitarist and also Blues Hall Of Fame inductee that was born in New York City in 1950. He did his initially gig at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village at the age of 15. In 1969 he developed the group "Papa Nebo" which consisted of saxophonist Bob Mintzer who went on to play with the Grammy award winning "Yellowjackets". Papa Nebo recorded an album for Atlantic records. They were personally signed by Ahmet Ertegun.Today it is a collectors item.Packer soon took his sound to the West Coast through buddy Sandy Allen, playing on the roadways of San Francisco during the day and also The Coffee Gallery in North Beach at night, Michael met George Thoroexcellent and was turned on to the blues.

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Eventually Packer and also Allen made their means ago to New York where they started an additional task "Free Beer"."Free Beer" was born at Gerdes Folk City in Greenwich Village (1973) where they added singer-songwriter Bob Potter. Free Beer taped 3 albums for Buddha and also RCA documents and toured generally with the likes of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Johnny Rivers, Dr. Hook, Clifton Chanier to name a few. All of the albums made the Billboard peak 100 and they were well on their means. But nothing lasts forever before in the music industry and also Free Beer broke up.

After the death of Free Beer in the late 70"s Michael opened for John Hammond Jr. and also sang through the Matt Murphy Band also. In 1984 in Boston he fronted a 10 item band called "Coolstep" and also opened up for Huey Lewis on a New England Tour. After dropping out of the music scene in the late 80"s and early on 90"s Michael Packer hit the skids. His drinking had actually escalated and he found himself living on the highways. He did a year in Rikers Island also for attempted robbery yet that seemed to be the turning allude in his life. Even in prichild he had actually a band. HBO did a distinct "The Prisoners of Rikers Island also in which he appears.

Michael Packer has been sober 18 years now and life is great particularly his music. He has come to be a famous and also respected member of the New York City Blues scene. The Michael Packer Blues Band also has obtained rave reviews in Living Blues, Blues Matters, Blues Revue magazines for the live
Sweet Rhythm album (Woodstock Records). A Best of Michael Packer has actually been released and likewise reworries of his earlier recordings Papa Nebo and also Free Beer. Packer likewise released a solo album "The Sunny Side of Me" in 2007 featuring lyrics for the title song by a 8 year old girl from Albany NY named Gabby Kasper. Later that year Packer and also his band also through unique guests Jimmy Vivino, David Maxwell, Sandy Allen, Dave "Snakeman" Runyan and also Felix Cabrera videotaped a live session
Lucilles (BB King"s) NYC . All of these recordings were released by Alan Lorber"s Iris Music Group. A Michael Packer anthology was also released in 2008. In 2009 and 2010 Michael Packer was a semi-finalist in the solo/duo competition
the Internationwide Blues Challenge in Memphis and the Iris Music Group released the CD "Rikers Island Blues" which consisted of liner notes by Blues Wax editor Don Wilcock and also was awarded best self-developed CD by The Jersey Shore Blues & Jazz Foundation.

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Michael Packer recently found a new house through the Chicearlier blues label Blue Skunk Music who released his 2010 CD "Free Beer" and also as a result of this he met Michael Frank "Honeyboy" Edwards manager and CEO of Earwig Music. Michael Frank presented Packer with the chance and also the honor of playing 2nd guitar and touring with the late great 2 time Grammy award winner the legendary Delta blues guitarist David "Honeyboy" Edwards who kbrand-new and played alengthy side Robert Johnson. They played their last gig together on April 16,2011 in Clarksdale MS.
The Juke Joint Festival.

In 2011 The Iris Music group released a CD of unreleased 40 year old Michael Packer Atlantic and RCA recordings referred to as "My Time To Cry" and also received rave reviews. The latest recording "Live
The Turning Point a famous club in New York was just released digitally by Interscope Records.Michael Packer was inducted into The Blues Hall Of Fame on September 25th, 2011.

DISCOGRAPHY1971 - PAPA NEBO (ATLANTIC RECORDS)1975 - FREE BEER - (BUDDAH RECORDS)1976 - FREE BEER HIGHWAY ROBERRY (RCA)1977 - FREE BEER NOUVEAU CHAPEAU (RCA)1983 - BLEECKER STREET/ I USED TO LIVE WITH YOU - SINGLE 45rpm (SHOESTRING RECORDS)1994 - THE PRISONERS OF RIKERS ISLAND - HBO2003 - NO USE RUNNING FROM THE BLUES (HALT MUSIC CO)2004 - I"M IN LOVE - RED HOT BLUES (SILK CITY RECORDS) COMPILATION2005 - BLEECKER-BOWERY - (HALT MUSIC)2006 - CD REISSUES OF MICHAEL PACKER MUSIC (PAPA NEBO & FREE BEER) (IRIS MUSIC GROUP)2006 - SWEET RHYTHM (SELF RELEASE)2006 - THE BEST OF THE MICHAEL PACKER BLUES BAND - (IRIS MUSIC GROUP)2006 - RUN WILD, SMILE IN THE SKY - I SEE THE TRACES OF THEE - COMPILATION WITH ORPHEUS, STEPHEN MARTIN, FRONT PAGE REVIEW, ALAN LORBER ORCHESTRA (IRIS MUSIC GROUP)2007 = DROWNING IN A RIVER OF WINE -MICHAEL PACKER and also SANDY ALLEN (IRIS MUSIC GROUP)2007 - THE SUNNY SIDE OF ME - (SOLO ALBUM) (IRIS MUSIC GROUP)2007 - BEATLES COVER ALBUM (IRIS MUSIC GROUP) COMPILATION WITH THE RAMRODS, ANTHONY NEWLY, ALAN LORBER ORCHESTRA. FEATURED HERE LENNON-McCARTNEY SONG " I"VE JUST SEEN A FACE" PERFORMED BY MICHAEL PACKER & FREE BEER.2007 - DYLAN COVERS ALBUM (IRIS MUSIC GROUP) INCLUDES " ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER " FROM THE " BLEECKER-BOWERY " ALBUM.2007 - LIVE
LUCILLES NYC (IRIS MUSIC GROUP) - BLUES ALBUM WITH JIMMY VIVINO & DAVID MAXWELL.2007 - MICHAEL PACKER - SANDY ALLEN REUNION - LIVE
SWEET RHYTHM (WOODSTOCK RECORDS)2008 - BLEECKER-BOWERY (RANDOM CHANCE) DISTRIBUTED BY CITY HALL2008 - MICHAEL PACKER ANTHOLOGY (IRIS MUSIC GROUP)2008 - PARADE OF BROKEN HEARTS - WALKING THE FLOOR (FREE BEER),STRAIGHT TO HER HEART (MICHAEL PACKER) ZANZIBAR & FINE TIME (FREE BEER) COMPILATION WITH CASS ELLIOT,PRISCILLA PRICE,TOMMY HUNT. (IRIS MUSIC GROUP)2008 - JOYRIDE 2 DEAD AHEADVERTISEMENT FREE BEER SONG COUPE DEVILLE (SANDY ALLEN) MOVIE SOUNDTRACK DISTRIBUTED BY 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME VIDEO.2009 - RIKERS ISLAND BLUES (IRIS MUSIC GROUP)2009 - BIG CITY RHYTHM & BLUES MAGAZINE SAMPLER #6 "BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY".2010 - THE MICHAEL PACKER BLUES BAND - FREE BEER (BLUE SKUNK MUSIC) DISTRIBUTED BY BURNSIDE.2010 - WOODSTOCK SAMPLER - with GARTH HUDSON,NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE,THE LATE RICK DANKO, THE CROWMATIX (WOODSTOCK RECORDS)2010 - BEN & GONE - HALT MUSIC CO. 1989-2009 MICHAEL PACKER, CONTINENTAL DRIFTERS, SUSAN COWSILL, ABRA MOORE, TRISH MURPHY2010 - BLUES FOR THE GULF COMPILATION - (VIZZTONE) - "PELICAN" WRITTEN BY MICHAEL PACKER. CD PRODUCED BY BOB MARGOLIN2011 - BIG CITY BLUES SAMPLER #9 FEATURING THE SONG "PELICAN"2011 - MY TIME TO CRY (IRIS MUSIC GROUP)2011 - BEST OF FREE BEER (IRIS MUSIC GROUP)2011 - EARLY BOB MINTZER (IRIS MUSIC GROUP)2011 - BIG CITY BLUES SAMPLER #10 FEATURING THE SONG "SHE LEFT THIS MORNING"2011 - LIVE