Breakfast in the Field
Michael’s groundbreaking solo guitar debut, recorded live to 2-track, with no overdubs. Breakfast in the Field was recorded in a garage in Palo Alto, California with fellow Windham Hill artists Will Ackerman, Michael Manring and George Winston.
“Wistful, soulfully probing tone-poems…” (Boston Globe), some with accompaniment by George Winston (piano) and Michael Manring (fretless bass). “Hedges’ clean execution and impeccable taste make this a very engaging work” -Guitar Player.
Watching My Life Go By
Although he often performed them live, this album was the first release of songs featuring Michael’s vocals and guitar. Watching My Life Go By‘s lush sound with simple instrumentation marked a departure from his first two albums that his true fans would grow to love.
Meticulously produced by long-time Neil Young collaborator Elliot Mazer, with guests Bobby McFerrin and Michael Manring, this album was featured as part of the “Essential Windham Hill” collection.
Nominee “Best New Age Album” – 1991 Grammy Awards
Conceived as an “autobiographical myth told in music, Taproot offers twelve “pixyish instrumental journeys, with often ingenious arrangements, pristine instrumentation and pleasing melodies” (BAM Magazine).
The final track (13) is the lone vocal, a spellbinding setting of an E. E. Cummings poem with soaring background vocals from Hedges pals David Crosby and Graham Nash.
Winner “Best New Age Album”- 1998 Grammy Awards
Oracle marked Michael’s return to “the sound that made Hedges a hero to the acoustic guitar set” (Pulse). The hand-made guitar on which Michael had written much of the music for his first album was stolen in 1982 at a show he’d opened for the Jerry Garcia Band.
Mysteriously returned in late 1995, some thirteen years later, it helped inspire this acoustic-guitar-laden collection of brand-new Hedges instrumentals, plus one each from Frank Zappa, Henry Mancini, and the Beatles.