Daily Discovery: Michael Fritz, “Fifty”

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Ronnie Milsap’s “Country Cut” Contest Finalist:

ARTIST: Michael Fritz

SONG: “Fifty”

BIRTHDATE: Spring 2012 (the song, not me)

BIRTHPLACE: Ohio (the song); Minnesota (me)

AMBITIONS: Live for a while in ski country. Hear my song on the radio in the chair lift line.

TURN-OFFS: Shopping.

TURN-ONS: Airports and train stations, spicy food, severe weather.

DREAM GIG: Writing music with Jim Lauderdale or Steve Earle.


TV ADDICTIONS: Boardwalk Empire, Curb Your Enthusiasm

5 THINGS EVERY MAN SHOULD OWN: Pocket knife, tools, books, one good suit, passport.

THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: Is in the pile on the nightstand still waiting to be read. But “Blink” was pretty good.

I NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: wallet, optimism

I WROTE THIS SONG: and performed it for my parents’ fiftieth anniversary. “Fifty” celebrates the virtues of a rewarding long-term relationship. It is a story told from the perspective of a younger couple looking forward to a long future together. Who could sing a song like this with credibility? Someone like Mr. Milsap, married 47 years and counting; or Mr. Strait, 40 years and counting; or plenty of others, younger or older, who are on that path in years or attitude. From a production standpoint, it was a thrill to have Hank Singer grace “Fifty” with his fiddle virtuosity and Greg Foresman anchor the song with his signature lead guitar part. Special thanks to producer Chip Hardy, engineer Tom Pouchot, and the singer Adam Stone (someone should sign him!) for bringing “Fifty” to life.

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