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Michael Levasseur is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in Portland, Oregon. He has put out 3 solo albums and played countless shows at bars, markets, coffeehouses, basements, festivals, multi-city engagements, and residencies under the name "Michael the Blind."
In the spring of 2011, Michael formed the band "the Els" with his wife Rachael Renee', longtime friend Nathaniel Lee, and bassist J. Elwood Johncox. Later that year, newly formed Alder Street Records signed Levasseur. The first album was recorded shortly thereafter at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, by Ian Pellicci. Over the course of 11 days, members of the Els convened in the Mission District to record 5 tracks live in the studio. Michael worked with Rory Carroll (Black Telephone, The New York Times), who largely produced the album, and drummer John Masters (Cheniers, Metropolitan), who brought his hard-hitting style, on another 6 songs. The album titled "Are's & Els" is now available from Alder Street Records on 180 gram vinyl, CD and digital download.