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Plishka throws himself completely into his stories, and his lyrics paint mythology and romance. In some places, the frenzied guitar strumming makes a joyful sound. Other songs, like "And the River Flows" and "Einstein's Time," are slow, contemplative and mystic. The experience of listening to "Spit, Sputter, Blow..." has a bit of magic to it. These songs are beautiful.

Jennifer Layton


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Powerful, and evocative in a very non-traditional way. I tend to hear Jim Morrison-ish phrasings, though more comprehensible, and in a way that makes you feel the tunes in your gut.

Scott Conary

Open Eye Café, Carrboro, NC

Capturing the real essence of the male mind, "Spit, Sputter, Blow…" moves from powerful impassioned, to sexy and unwittingly adorable. The strength of the music, the guitar, guides the listener thru the mind of one man's passions, feelings, and pain. The key to this Album is the raw and powerful voice of Michael Plishka, his melodies give the listener a real sense of reality, while keeping those catchy overtones left in your head, you will be walking down the street humming to "Seven Sisters". Definitely a keeper.

Lorrie Duquette

Xtreme-Zone.com, January 2001

(The) CD…is very unique! The production work is top notch as well as (the) lyrics.

Cathy Quinn
WTIP On-Air Coordinator/Folk Programmer, Grand Marais, MN

Great CD...Great Music.

Joe Kelley

The Upper Room, WVOF 88.5, Fairfield, CT

A very fine CD.

Miran Belec

Radio Station "Logatec", Slovenia

An excellent album! ... you are receiving a great response from the audience. I play some cuts on every show.

J.L. Bueno

La Otra Musica Program, Cadiz, Spain

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2001 Austin Songwriter's Group Bare Bones Contest

Fairy Tale Love - 3rd place in the Lust/Romance division.

Snowflake on my Tongue - Finalist

Uncommon Ground Coffeehouse, Shure Open Mic Competition


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Chicago Songwriting Collective

Just Plain Folks

Austin Songwriter's Group



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Rugan’s, Antioch, IL

Open Eye Cafe, Carrboro, NC

The Lighthouse, Louisville, KY

Clifton's, Louisville, KY

The Cornservatory, Chicago, IL

Winners, Chicago, IL

Durty Nellies, Palatine, IL

Miei Amici Coffeehouse, Barrington, IL

The House, Dekalb, IL

Uncommon Ground, Chicago, IL

Trace, Chicago, IL

Border’s (Mt. Prospect and Deerfield), IL

Insomnia Coffee House, Deep Ellum (Dallas), TX

Four Star Coffee Bar, Fort Worth, TX

GR's Bistro, Janesville, WI

Mocha Moment, Janesville, WI

Books and Brew, Milton, WI

Arbor Vitae Java and Juice, Naperville, IL

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