BMHOF Class of 2006
Singer, songwriter, promoter and guitarist, Michael Meldrum, has been a fixture on the Buffalo music scene for three decades. He's a founder of the Buffalo Song Project and produces annual tribute concerts to John Lennon and Bob Dylan at the popular Nietzsche's club in Allentown.
In fact, Michael and Nietzsche's have enjoyed a long and satisfying relationship. He hosts the Monday night singer-songwriter showcase there, as well as the weekly "open mic" event. Performers range from rookies to seasoned musicians.
He's a great supporter of new performers and has helped many in the long climb to success. You'll recognize names like Townes Van Zandt, Suzanne Vega and Michelle Shocked.
One of Michael's most satisfying roles has been that of educator. He has a keen eye -- or ear! -- for true talent. One of his most famous students, Ani Difranco, recently co-produced Michael's first cd, "Open Ended Question," which was released on Difranco's Righteous Babe Record label.
Difranco credits Michael with selling her her first guitar and taking her under his wing. She says he would take her to his appearances and let her perform with him.
Michael says that Ani is now an inspiration for him. He adds that he's thrilled that after 30 years, he finally has his first album! But he's not going to let that sidetrack him from his first love: finding and nurturing young talent. Who knows when the next Ani Difranco may show up at Nietzsche's?
Michael lives in Buffalo with his musician wife and two children, who have made appearances on his recordings.
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