A Scandal in the Violets

by Michael Leonard Witham

Released 2014
Released 2014
Michael Leonard Witham's debut album received widespread critical acclaim from national music editorials including "No Depression", "Big Takeover Magazine", and "Absolutepunk.com" Who called the album - "One of the best Americana albums of the year."
Michael Leonard Witham's debut album, "A Scandal In The Violets" has garnered national critical acclaim from major music media outlets. "A Scandal In The Violets" is availble now on iTunes, CdBaby.com, Amazon.com, and many other online retailers.

August 20, 2014

"What happens when you toss together Ryan Bingham’s gruff baritone, Paolo Nutini’s evocative sultriness, and Conor Oberst’s go-for-broke style? You get a voice not unlike that of Michael Leonard Witham, whose debut album, A Scandal in the Violets, is one of the best Americana albums of the year so far."

The Big Takeover - bigtakeover.com
August 07, 2014
"There’s echoes of the obvious greats like Dylan and John Prine in [Michael Leonard Witham's] music, but unlike the hordes of copycats, Witham really sounds like the real deal. He’s a musician’s musician, and his music has the feeling of the kind of stuff future songwriters will be citing as a key influence, not unlike Dylan or Prine. It’s impossible to tell what the future will hold, of course, but A Scandal in the Violets has all the makings of a classic album, and if not, the stepping stones towards a future masterpiece."

SYNC Magazine
August 06, 2014
"There’s a timeless quality to the songs of A Scandal in the Violets as Witham blends folk and Americana with rock ’n’ roll and country over the course of the 10 tracks. Characters worthy of short stories reveal themselves as Witham sings of their troubles and triumphs, and his own, in his dusty voice, which is full of raw ache when needed and soaring elation elsewhere. Witham is no product of studio wizardry. His tunes are barebones, sometimes brutal, sometimes gorgeous. These tracks are honest, workingman’s music. Tunes a Prine or Van Zandt would be proud of. Steve Earle, too."

HEAR Magazine
October 02, 2014
"Similar to the comparisons (Jack White, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams), Witham has that poignant songwriting ability, which could carry him atop of the many artists participating within this folk/country revival."

Sound And Silence
September 23, 2014
"Michael Leonard Witham has successfully introduced himself as one of the elite songwriters in folk music with his debut record A Scandal In The Violets."