Michael Eck, working from Albany NY, is Brand Editor for Two Old Hippies Stringed Instruments, based in Bend, Oregon—makers of Breedlove Guitars, Bedell Guitars and Weber Mandolins.

Formerly Senior Communications and Public Relations Leader for Proctors Collaborative (embracing Proctors in Schenectady NY, Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany NY and Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs NY), he is a nationally recognized arts reporter and cultural critic. For nearly 30 years, he covered pop music, theater, books, fine art and features assignments for the Albany Times Union. Additionally, he has been a stringer for Amazon.com; AOL/Time Warner; The Austin Chronicle; Backstage; Billboard; Chronogram; The Collaborative; Nippertown.com; and No Depression. He has also written for Banjo Cafe, Best Classic Bands, Fretboard Journal; Los Angeles Times Syndicate; Mandolin Café; Music and Sound Output; Southwest Airlines Spirit and many other print and web outlets.

He has written liner notes for recordings by Clive Pig and The Lustre Kings and shares a prestigious Deems Taylor Award for notes to Live at Caffe Lena.

Eck—author of three volumes of poetry—is a frequent guest speaker on journalism at The University at Albany, and taught The Art of the Interview at The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

Eck offers competitive rates on a full range of publicity materials including press releases, one sheets, bios, press kits and media campaigns. Other professional services include copywriting and copyediting, based on AP or CMOS styles.

Satisfied private clients include The Ale House; Artists Only! Records; Beacon Music Factory; Borders Books and Music; Cacaphone Records; Caffe Lena; Hopewell Records; Music Haven Concert Series; New Shelves Distribution; October Eve Music; Second Wind Productions; Steamer No. 10 Theatre; Two Old Hippies; WAMC Northeast Public Radio and musicians/bands including Stephen Clair; Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys; Hair of the Dog; Rob Skane; The Lustre Kings; and Resolve.

Let Michael Eck help you, whether you are releasing a new album, launching a new book or publicizing your event. If you are a writer yourself, Eck can copyedit your work to give it a professional sheen.

Email mistereck@gmail.com for information on rates and services.

Photo by Richard Lovrich.