Episode 185: Michael Ubaldini
Air date: 6.28.2017
Michael Ubaldini is a maverick. Stylistically, he could be called a number of things, rocker, traditionalist, punk sympathizer, rockabilly aficionado, renegade country artist - along with a dozen others. Over the course of his multiple-decade career, he has shared stages with some heavy hitters - Lucinda Williams, Brian Setzer, Leon Russell, Jerry Lee Lewis, Southside Johnny, John Hammond Jr., Peter Case, Billy Zoom, John Doe, The Stray Cats, John Waite, Johnny Rivers, The Cramps, and Dave Alvin among them. Often clad in a classic black leather jacket, Ubaldini is a bit of a geographical anomaly; he looks like he just stepped off the stage at New York’s legendary and much-missed CBGB, but he makes his home in Orange County, California - Los Angeles’ bucolic neighbor to the south. Ulbadini’s take on Americana and roots music assuredly is more New York attitude than midwestern college rock, but the sunshine and palm trees haven’t mellowed Ubaldini’s attitude one single sneer. He’s as prolific as he’s ever been, and his shows and albums range from solo, unplugged roots rock rave-ups to raucous, electrified full band affairs.