That 1 Guy

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That 1 Guy

With an extensive and amazing track record of unique and imaginative performances featuring his curious instrument and copious amounts of originality, Mike Silverman aka That1Guy has supplanted himself as a true one-of-a-kind talent that rivals any other artist currently in the entertainment industry. Averaging 150-200 shows a year all over North America and Canada, he has been a consistent favorite at such festivals as: Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Big Day out, All Good, Bella, High Sierra, Summer Meltdown, Montreal Jazz Festival, and many more. He was also the 'Tap Water Award' winner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for best musical act. His legendary collaboration and multiple tours with Buckethead as The Frankenstein Brothers has further cemented his virtuoso story as a creative visionary as well.

His innovation continues to soar with the announcement of a new tour, That1Guy & The Magic Pipe Present: An Evening of Musical Magical Wonder... The Likes of Which Ye Haven't Yet Seen, kicking off in the early spring of 2013. Along with his pioneering main instrument, The Magic Pipe, a monstrosity of metal, strings, and electronics, facilitates the dynamic live creation of music and magic in ways only That1Guy can conjure, expect to see magic as well now integrated into the already clever performance. With this addition of incorporating magic seamlessly into his live shows, he has legitimately achieved an all inclusive audio/ visual performance unlike anything experienced before. "So much of my music has miraculous qualities to it because it's hard to tell what's going on. There are lots of slights of hand and sonic misdirection. It feels like I was meant to do magic".

Silverman's back story is very similar to many musicians that have come before him. He grew up a self proclaimed music geek, soaked in the influence of his jazz musician father, and enrolled in San Francisco Conservatory of Music before joining the local jazz scene himself as a sought-after percussive bassist. This is where the similarities end, though, and where That1Guy truly began. "In my case, being a bass player, I just felt very restricted by the instrument itself," he says. "I've always wanted to sound different and have my own sound. I was headed that way on the bass, but for me to fully realize what I was hearing in my head sonically I was going to have to do it my way". His influential and innovative double bass style eventually evolved into what we see today as That1Guy and 'The Magic Pipe'. Picture
​Breadfoot was spawn of the East River Delta. He digs his whiskey neat and his coffee black. He is a one-man band whose idiosyncratic take on life and wide range of influences from The Carter Family and The Sherman Brothers to Tom Waits and X, fuels his unique brand of Tin Pan Americana.

Live Breadfoot has been described by London Time Out, as "....gritty guitar picking and home-spun wisdom....a raconteur par excellence" He has shared the stage with The Avett Brothers, Malcolm Holcombe, Regina Spektor, Kimya Dawson, Langhorne Slim, The Decemberists, Richard Buckner, Gary Lucas, and the Larry Love Show Band (the acoustic branch of Alabama 3).
His most recent album Salvatella, was released in August 2015, and from the opening solo acoustic salve of the title track to the final cymbal crash of the Dixieland inspired Still Can’t (Find My Heart) that closes out the side it proves to be his most adventurous to date. The album was described by Americana UK as “…a refreshing alternative to some of the more archetypal Americana” And regarded by fRoots Magazine as "...beguiling and varied...well-crafted songs of love and loss...superior stuff and very charming." While Babysue declared Salvatella to be "...a real cool slice of underground Americana folk / pop played with class, style, and a whole helluva lot of personality."

Breadfoot has written and recorded as Just About To Burn, with Anti-folk legend and Ramseur Records recording artist, Paleface who has collaborated with the Avett Brothers and has been sited by Beck as a musical influence. In addition Breadfoot has also written and recorded with former Trans Siberian Orchestra Lead Soloist & String Mistress and Papillon violinist, Anna Phoebe who has been known on occasion, to perform live with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.

Breadfoot’s music has been featured in several episodes of Roadtrip Nation on PBS. You can also find his music in the feature length documentary 10 MPH and the feature length comedy The Karaoke Brothers. In addition, Breadfoot contributed music to a work in progress reel for the locally produced original documentary film Bringing It Home and his song 'A Hard Day In Manhattan' was featured in the investigative documentary 'Abandoned'.

In addition Breadfoot's longstanding collaborative relationship with artist and film maker Brian A. Bernhard of Blight Productions yielded a sweetly absurd Don Quixote-esque heart worn video for 'Room In Her Heart' from his album Salvatella. The video was filmed in the 106 heat of the most rattlesnake infested part of California's Palm Desert and has garnered over 10,000 views to date.

Late summer 2017 found Breadfoot overseas for the first time in 10 years with a fair sized handful of shows in both England and Norway. First time in Norway was a gas and several shows in and around London including returns to old haunts like Alan Tyler's Come Down And Meet The Folks and Rambling Steve's What's Cookin' were particularly stellar. Live videos from the Trondheim appearances as well a couple cool clips from a show on the return in Brooklyn NY can be seen HERE on Breadfoot's Live Performances Video Page.

Last two months 2017 Breadfoot figures on winding down his live performance schedule and working to shift focus to two new upcoming projects. One, a new studio recording with twist and another still too early in the development stages to start crowing about.

​You'll just have to stay tuned.