Michael Atchison


Michael Atchison writes about music for The Bridge. He is the host of Revival on The Bridge and the author of three books, including the novel “Mellow Submarine,” which Publishers Weekly calls “a fast-paced delight."

Revival with Michael Atchison is on from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Sunday.

Articles by Michael Atchison

Episode 136 – Five and Dimers and Other Old Timers

Posted on November 29 2020 by Michael Atchison

This week’s show features three British guitar-pop bands of the new wave era, two songs written by Richard Thompson, and one backing vocal and one lead vocal from Daryl Hall. We also hear a set of classic country songs, including tracks by two artists we’... [Read More]

Episode 135 – Jazzmatazz and Other Pizazz

Posted on November 22 2020 by Michael Atchison

This week’s show features some jazzy hip hop, five titans of post-punk, and characters from a great Thanksgiving movie. We also hear some early psychedelia from The Byrds and The Yardbirds, and we remember the late Johnny Nash. All that, plus Rosanne Cash... [Read More]

Episode 134 – A Apolitical Show

Posted on November 15 2020 by Michael Atchison

This week’s show features a trio of blues guitar legends, some forgotten women of Memphis soul, and three icons of American alt rock. We also hear a pair of tracks sung by the brassy Miss Shirley Bassey and a lesser known tune by one of America’s greatest... [Read More]

Episode 133 – So Uptight, Mr. Kite

Posted on November 8 2020 by Michael Atchison

This week’s show features three Motown classics, two Britpop rivals, and a pair of covers by legendary New York punk bands. We also celebrate the 20th anniversary of a brilliant PJ Harvey album and spin one from the last recording Big Star made in their i... [Read More]

Episode 132 – Young Dudes and Cool Jerks

Posted on November 1 2020 by Michael Atchison

This week’s show features three phases of Annie Lennox, a trio of Todd Rundgren productions, and the story behind one of rock’s most famous drum sounds. We also hear a soul classic and its less famous answer song, and we kick the show off with some prime... [Read More]

Episode 131 – Second Annual Revival Masquerade Ball

Posted on October 25 2020 by Michael Atchison

We get ready for Halloween on this week’s show with our second annual Masquerade Ball, as we play nothing but covers, including four Beatles songs reinterpreted and the surprisingly delightful collision of country and reggae. We also discover what happens... [Read More]

Episode 130 – Remembering Steve Phillips and Eddie Van Halen

Posted on October 18 2020 by Michael Atchison

On this week’s show, we remember two guitarists we’ve recently lost — local hero Steve Phillips and global icon Eddie Van Halen. We also explore five classic albums featured in a documentary series that’s now available to Bridge members, and we spin track... [Read More]

Episode 129 – Crowded House and A Man Named Mouse

Posted on October 11 2020 by Michael Atchison

This week’s show features some early rock and roll classics, a trio of reggae titans, and the story of a man named Mouse. We also hear '90s masterworks by Massive Attack and Teenage Fanclub. All that, plus Anita Baker, Blondie, The B-52s and much more... [Read More]

Episode 128 – The Clash! The Call! The Cars!

Posted on October 4 2020 by Michael Atchison

This week’s episode of Revival features some lost classics from Stax studios, a cover song performed by The Clash and a track by the band they covered. We also hear an R.E.M. tune not sung by Michael Stipe, and offerings from Aztec Camera and Alison Moyet... [Read More]

Episode 127 – Remembering Toots Hibbert

Posted on September 27 2020 by Michael Atchison

This week’s show features vintage alt rock from Pere Ubu and Joy Division, classic soul from Wilson Pickett and James Brown, and one track from – and one track about – Gene Vincent. We also remember reggae legend Toots Hibbert, who died recently at age 77... [Read More]


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