Michael Jahncke

Songwriter/artist

About

Detroit-born, my family moved north to the Saginaw, Michigan area via Cleveland around 1963. I cut my musical teeth in local basements and garages and eventually made it to the stage, playing with a number of Michigan-area bands in the shadows of legends like Bob Seger, Dick Wagner (The Bossmen, The Frost, Ursa Major, Alice Cooper), Iggy and the Stooges, and The MC5.  Beginning in 1968, I performed and recorded with a string of rock and acoustic groups (The Zoo, Saginaw, The Fadeaways) and then in 1974 co-founded The Gilmour Brothers, a Bridgeport, Michigan based Irish-American quartet. Prior to the summer of 1987 (when I ceased performing and took a desk job overseas), The Gilmour Brothers toured the Midwest and Eastern U.S. and Canada, performing at clubs, coffeehouses, and festivals, and produced four albums and a local publc access TV show.  During the period 1968-1987, when I was actively involved in public performance, the bands I performed with were privileged to share the stage with a number of prominent artists, including Grand Funk Railroad, Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes, The Earl Scruggs Revue, Jean Ritchie, John Hartford, Steve Goodman, Joe Hickerson, Liz Carroll, and others.

Since 1987, I’ve worked primarily outside of music and traveled extensively throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. I experienced something of an artistic and spiritual renaissance in Budapest around 2000 and since that time have focused exclusively on songwriting and composition under the pseudonyms Wyatt Grayson (country) and Michael Johannson (classical). I have a plan for the new year to publish certain Christian pieces under the pseudonym Ananisong.

My home is in Harpers Ferry, WV.

8 responses to “About

  1. Jeff August 8, 2013 at 23:43

    Hi Wyatt. I heard you on Music Xray and I really like your music. I hope you will go back on the site and put your contact info\site\reverb and lyrics on each track. People, like me, should never have to do work to find out more about you. Again, I really like your sound! Thanks

    • wyattgrayson August 9, 2013 at 00:15

      My apologies, Jeff. You’re right, I’ve been lazy with this and, actually, until receiving your message, I hadn’t even visited this site since I created it. What with working and mainly focusing on songwriting, I tend to fool around online, experimenting, and then forget about what I’ve done. I have a site on Reverbnation that I visit more often than others. Regarding your comment, I’m not sure what you’re suggesting I do (for instance, where exactly would it be helpful for you to see links, etc.)? On this WordPress site, or elsewhere? I’m barely tech savvy, so if you could specify what improvements I can make, I’d be glad to. By the way, I don’t know what Music Xray is or how you even heard me on there. Crazy. Thanks very much for your comment and encouragement. I look forward to hearing from you again soon. All the best, Wyatt

      • Jeff August 9, 2013 at 01:14

        I completely understand all the other things that get our time. It is easy for me to forget fires I have burning and places I have been and setup accounts. I’d be more than happy to show you what I am saying and suggesting you do. Feel free to contact me off of here for detailed conversation. como jeff 8 66 at yah00 d0t c0m just remove the spaces and zero=letter o .

        Music Xray is a site where you submit your songs to professionals. Your songs are here:
        http://www.musicxray.com/xrays/1037575
        http://www.musicxray.com/xrays/1037575
        http://www.musicxray.com/xrays/1037571
        http://www.musicxray.com/xrays/1037574
        http://www.musicxray.com/xrays/1037573

        I’ll pull together the info for a song or two so you can see what I’m talking about.

        By the way; my wife is from WV. She is from Taylor County, between Grafton and Bridgeport..

      • wyattgrayson August 9, 2013 at 10:52

        You know, saying I’m from WV (now) is true, but the fact is I have not been there much. I’m looking forward one of these days to being home and seeing a lot more of where my wife and I have decided to settle. As for your comments and suggestions, thanks so much. I can certainly add lyrics for the songs I post on Reverbnation. I have just not always bothered to, but I will honor your thinking that it’s something that’s appreciated. As for the bio, I have different versions. There’s one on Reverbnation now, but the one you’ve referred to looks pretty good. All in all, seems the best thing I can do is focus on that one site and expand it like you are suggesting. As for Music Xray, that’s just so weird. No idea how I had songs ending up on there, unless it has something to do with the ‘store’ I set up on Reverbnation. So glad you took the time to write me, Jeff, out of the blue, and share your thoughts. All the best.

  2. Jeff August 9, 2013 at 02:00

    Hell, I’ll put You Can’t Stop Love stuff here if it all fits to post
    Everything below is for You Can’t Stop Love
    Paste the following into the Lyrics section:
    http://www.reverbnation.com/wyattgrayson

    You Can’t Stop Love

    Verse
    You can’t stop love with a bullet
    Can’t stop love with a knife
    Can’t stop love with a crime of hate
    Can’t stop love with a lie
    You can’t stop love
    You can’t stop love

    Chorus
    You might slow it down just a little
    But its too much to overcome
    You can’t stop love

    Verse
    You can’t stop love with a hammer
    Can’t stop love with a nail
    Can’t stop love with a wall or a chain
    You can’t stop love with a jail
    You can’t stop love
    You can’t stop love

    Chorus
    You might slow it down just a little
    But its too much to overcome
    You can’t stop love
    You can’t stop love

    Verse
    You can’t stop love with fire
    Can’t stop love with rage
    Can’t stop love with a line in the sand
    Theres no break man on that train
    You can’t stop love
    You can’t stop love

    Chorus
    You might slow it down just a little
    But its too much to overcome
    You can’t stop love
    You can’t stop love

    You can’t stop love
    You can’t stop love

    Paste the following into the About the Artist section:
    http://www.reverbnation.com/wyattgrayson

    Got started writing when I was a kid back in Michigan, making up songs for girlfriends. First band was probably around 1968, down in the basement. The basement band became a garage band and before long a stage band. Had a couple local radio hits with a band called ‘The Zoo.’ Our manager then was a guy many know now as the radio celebrity ‘Jimmy Hollywood.’ Shared the stage at different venues with Grand Funk Railroad, The Amboy Dukes, and so on.

    Then shifted gears and went from electric to acoustic in a trio called ‘Saginaw.’ Remember one memorable night at the Raven Gallery in Detroit, when the owner, an acoustic purist, didn’t want us to plug in our bass amplifier. ‘Saginaw’ disbanded and I drifted. This was around 1971 or so.

    Joined a roadhouse band called ‘The Fadeaways,’ playing rock covers at The Cartwheel Inn up in Port Austin, Michigan. Two lovely rock and roll summers, shaking the rafters, and a tough winter playing a club on the then undeveloped riverfront in Louisville, eating cornflakes and trying to get discovered. Almost merged with an all-girl band. Could have changed history. Saw Lynard Skynard in a small club there before ‘Sweet Home Alabama.’ You could tell the guitars would carry them.

    By 1974, I was playing with a quartet doing stage shows that combined Americana and Irish music. ‘The Gilmour Bros.’ were a steady act for 13 years, recording four albums and performing throughout the Midwestern and Eastern U.S. and Canada. We were the lone U.S. act at an early ‘Festival of Friends’ gatherings in Hamilton, Ontario. Played ‘Fiddler’s Green’ in Toronto on the way home. Again, not quite ‘pure’ enough for the owner, but a good time. During those 13 years, had the pleasure of performing with many wonderful artists and musicians, John Hartford, Joe Hickerson, Jean Ritchie, The Earl Scruggs Review, to name a few.

    For a while, about a year, must have been 1986 or so, I split my time between ‘The Gilmour Bros.’ and a jazz group called ‘Streetlife.’ I was also writing and recording on my own. In 1987 I pulled the plug and went overseas, working a regular job from town to town every few years. My guitar sat in its case, and I never thought much about ever doing anything with it again.

    Then in 2000, in Budapest, it’s hard to explain, but I had a great need to get some things out from deep in my heart. I found that the most natural way for me to do that was to put the feelings in song. So I started writing again, and I haven’t stopped since. Country came natural being so far from home. Like a comfort. But anybody who writes knows it’s a roller coaster. For the past few years I’ve been having demos made of my songs down in Nashville, working with Jason Roller of Magic Shack Productions. I hope you enjoy the songs, thanks so much.

    • wyattgrayson August 9, 2013 at 10:53

      Thanks again for taking the time and getting in touch with me. Very nice to meet you. Wyatt

    • wyattgrayson August 9, 2013 at 11:18

      I am curious about one thing, Jeff. Given how I’ve gone about presenting myself online (which is to say not real organized), it’s unlikely that many would find me. How did you stumble across my stuff, was it Music Xray, or Reverbnation, or WordPress? Just wondering. Thanks again.

  3. Jeff August 9, 2013 at 18:32

    I heard your music on Music Xray. I really liked You Can’t Stop Love. Music Xray had no info on you so I googled you. That sent me to Reverbnation and that to WordPress. So I posted my first comments. Are you the one putting your music on Music Xray? It does not populate itself from other sites on its own. The fact that it was presented for me to listen to says someone spent money on it.

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