Support Local Journalism, Join the SA Current Press Club.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Michael Fracasso & Mary Battiata

Posted on Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2008-12-03

Nothing prepares you for Michael Fracasso’s voice. A gray-haired folkie-next-door, Fracasso looks like someone who’d have a wheezy, nicotine-toughened timbre. But his voice is a freakish, androgynous gift, a high, soaring expression of vulnerability that carries even his most pedestrian efforts to unpredictable places. It vaguely suggests a young Arlo Guthrie, but is too idiosyncratic for easy comparisons. And when Fracasso weds it with the ironic lilt of something like “Red Dog Blues,” he can make a believer of even the most folk-resistant listener.

A child of Italian immigrants and the product of a blue-collar Ohio steel town, Fracasso honed his performance skills in New York’s Greenwich Village and settled in Austin in 1990. Touring incessantly, releasing seven albums, working in the studio with the likes of Charlie Sexton, and drawing a fair share of critical praise for his heartland poetry, Fracasso is a cult artist who deserves the loyal appreciation of his followers. 8:30pm Thursday, Dec 4, Casbeers at the Church, 1150 S. Alamo, (210) 271-7791.

Tags: ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of Critic's Pick, Event Preview

Read the Digital Print Issue

July 28, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Join SA Current Newsletters

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2021 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation