GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTIST
MICHAEL NESMITH
SELECTS WORKHOUSE PUBLICITY

TO REQUEST A COPY OF MICHAEL NESMITH'S "RAYS"
PRESS PLEASE CONTACT WORKHOUSE PUBLICITY, CEO
ADAM NELSON BY TELEPHONE 212.645.8006

USA - Workhouse Publicity announced today that it has been selected by Grammy Award winning artist Michael Nesmith as the Agency of Record for U.S. marketing and domestic publicity concerning his upcoming album “Rays”. Workhouse Publicity will develop an integrated promotional strategy that synchronizes communication efforts both nationally and locally. As part of a larger company initiative, Workhouse will develop creative brand messaging across all media channels to ensure consistency. The assignment is effective immediately.To receive a copy of “Rays” or to request an interview with Michael Nesmith, interested media please contact Workhouse Publicity, CEO Adam Nelson directly by telephone 212. 645. 8006 or via email nelson@workhousepr.com

Grammy Award wining artist Michael Nesmith is an accomplished songwriter, musician, actor, home video pioneer, film producer and scriptwriter, novelist, businessman and philanthropist. His phenomenal success in the television show The Monkees was just the beginning of his prolific and innovative music and entertainment career, one that continues to shake our pop landscape. Nesmith has recorded a dozen or so reputable folk and country-rock records as a solo artist, masterminded the cult film staple Repo Man, won the first-ever Video Grammy, and written a fantastical novel. Oh yeah, somewhere in the middle of all of this he had the foresight to conceive MTV. This Spring, 2006, Michael Nesmith’s releases his latest album Rays; a calypso-like, cinematic journey of sound with elements of swing-jazz and instrumental funk unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. Once again, Nesmith pioneers the movement bringing deeper dimensions to our current musical fields.

    “For a time I thought Rays had come together differently than any other project I had worked on, until it dawned on me all the various works I had been involved in had happened the same way and doing Rays was simply the first time I had seen it. Rays was my own personal Copernican Shift. For years Rays laid around in bits and pieces, and there were long periods when I would put them all away, like disparate parts of disparate building blocks. As if one was a recipe, another was a blueprint, another was a map. I couldn’t see how they fit together. I kept going, as much for not having anything else to do as for the curiosity of how it would all turn out, but I did keep going, and I’m glad I did. It was when I was putting on the horn parts, dreaming of Memphis and Stax Volt, that it all came together. It was as if I had come into the garage one evening, and was looking at the detritus of a failed effort laying all over the floor, when suddenly there was this array, a kind of order to it that I had never imagined. That was exciting. It felt new, and gave me the inspiration I needed to finish. This after four years of wandering in darkness --- which actually happened to be one of the lines from Rays. I had always imagined “emergence” as the gradual appearing of something that already exists but was just unseen. Rays was the first time I ever actually saw that happen. And now that I’ve seen it I am aware that all the past works have happened the same way.” – Michael Nesmith

Robert Michael Nesmith was born December 30, 1942 in Houston, Texas. He moved from his native Texas to California; intent on breaking into show business. He began to write songs and perform them at live venues around Los Angeles. Spotting an ad calling for four musicians to act in a TV series, he landed a leading role in The Monkees. that quickly became a pop culture phenomenon, and catapulted the young Nesmith to stardom. While in The Monkees, Nesmith continued to write and sing his own songs. He received critical and commercial acclaim for his songs Some of Shelly’s Blues and Different Drum, a 1967 US Top 20 hit for Linda Ronstadt. His job in the  television show also gave him the opportunity to write and produce songs for the show. But the country-tinged music he did for the show was pretty experimental for television. Nesmith left The Monkees in 1969 to form The First National Band. Pioneer of the genre later to be dubbed country rock, he released a series of albums for RCA. Magnetic South, the 1970 debut LP included the Top 30 single Joanne, followed by Loose Salute and 1971’s Nevada Fighter. When The First National Band dissolved that same year, Nesmith formed The Second National Band  Although he released only one album, 1972’s Tantamount To Treason Volume One, he continued to refine the country/rock sound that was to influence a new breed of artists such as Gram Parsons, The Byrds, Poco, The Flying Burrito Bros. and New Riders of The Purple Sage. Other Michael Nesmith albums were quick to follow: And The Hits Just Keep On Comin’, and Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash all distributed by RCA.

Nesmith left RCA to launch his own communications company, Pacific Arts Corporation.The Prison, an ambitious multi-media book/record combination, was the corporation’s first release in 1975. This was followed in 1976 by the LP From A Radio Engine To A Photon Wing and featured the hit single Rio. He created a video for Rio which is considered by many to be the first music video, because it developed a new film language, marrying music to images. (The Rio video is in the permanent collection at MOMA.) With the album Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma, Nesmith included the song Cruisin and he made a video for it as well. Cruisin possessed a recitative style that nobody besides maybe Bob Dylan was doing at the time. Nesmith included both Rio and Cruisin in an hour long landmark video called Elephant Parts, a kind of music and comedy combination come to life in a single, long form format. NARAS loved it but didn’t have a Grammy category for it, so they created a Best Video category for it that year and Elephant Parts won the first Grammy for Best Video.

Nesmith went on tour performing behind the success of the single Rio. While appearing in Australia, he noted an interest in Top 40 television shows that played video clips of performing artists. Back in the states, Nesmith put together a half-hour prototype Top 40 show called Popclips.   He sold it to Warner Brothers/Amex and Nesmith produced the first shows and so became the creator of the idea for what eventually became MTV.

Between Elephant Parts and Television Parts, Nesmith co-wrote, produced and scored the film Timerider and was the producer of Repoman, Tapeheads, and Square Dance. In 1989, Michael Nesmith and The Monkees were presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Nesmith returned to his music and assembled a compilation of unreleased tracks and selected cuts from his later LP’s entitled The Newer Stuff. In late 1991, Rhino Records released another CD collection from his earlier LP’s entitled, fittingly, The Older Stuff: The Best of Michael Nesmith (1970-73). In September of 1992, Michael Nesmith launched his independent record label, Pacific Arts Audio, with the release of his long awaited ...tropical campfires... which Nesmith fans consider to be one of his best works.    

In addition to releasing his own work, Nesmith signed The Hellecasters and released two albums by them, Return Of The Hellecasters and Escape from Hollywood. In just under a years time, The Hellecasters won three awards for 1993; "Best Overall Guitar LP" & "Best Country LP" in the prestigious Guitar Player Magazine’s readers poll, and "Top 2 Roots LP" in Guitar World Magazine.

The Garden was released in September of 1994. This outstanding multi-media package was nominated for a Grammy Award in the new age category. It is the second part of a work Nesmith started in 1974 entitled The Prison. Like The Prison, The Garden is a book and music designed to be experienced simultaneously.

Since 1990, Nesmith has hosted the Council on Ideas, a gathering of intellectuals from different fields who are asked to brainstorm solutions to world problems.  From the early 90’s through 2004 he served as a member of the board of trustees of the American Film institute, and was a nominating member of the AFI Awards.  He is currently President and chairman of the board of trustees of the Gihon Foundation. His first novel The Long Sandy Hair Of Neftoon Zamora was released by St Martins Press in December of 1998. The complete works of Michael Nesmith, including music downloads, are available to purchase online at www.videoranch.com

WORKHOUSE PUBLICITY
Instituted in 1996, Workhouse Publicity has produced over one hundred domestic and international publicity campaigns. The new definition of a full-service promotional firm, Workhouse specializes in the coordination of corporate and celebrity publicity, total design, luxury marketing and special events. Worldwide client campaigns have included promotional initiatives for Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Tim Burton, Debbie Harry, David LaChapelle and Lennox Lewis. Corporate retainer clients include Assouline, Borrelli, Bennihana, ContentFilm, Carl F. Bucherer, Chocolate Bar, IFC Films, Metropolitan Pavilion, Rubin Museum of Art, WGA East to name a few. Recent accomplishments include launch events at Versace, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels, Gracie Mansion, Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall. Client campaigns include Ultimate Style: The Best of The Best Dressed List at Gotham Hall, Dolce & Gabanna’s Hollywood at Bergdorf Goodman with Jennifer Lopez, Gucci’s so8o’s boutique launch, Francis Ford Coppola’s Festa Macaroni, Interview Magazine’s 30th Anniversary, Virgin Megastore's Grand Opening and Galleries Lafayette’s 20th Anniversary in France as well as bi-coastal productions of the 24 Hour Plays to benefit the NY State WTC Relief Fund with Philip SeymourHoffman, Rosie Perez, Benjamin Bratt, Julianne Moore and more. Workhouse Publicity is a one-stop agency accommodating all aspects of publicity, design and promotion for the creation of marketing, advertising and special events.

 



 




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