August 3, 2018: On December 10, 2017, Engineer Tom Case set Mike up in front of a few microphones and, on that quiet Sunday afternoon, captured the performance of the nine songs that became The Forty Niner.
Four songs off The Forty Niner were stripped down interpretations of earlier Sheen and Dreaded Wheat songs.
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April 21, 2018 Record Store Day!: I've got a new solo album coming out this spring, The Forty Niner, and in honor of Record Store Day, I'm debuting the first single "With A Hammer In Her Hands".
Mike Packard is a singer-songwriter from Glens Falls, NY USA. As a young child, Mike was already creating stories while absorbing murder ballads, one-hit-wonders and his dad's Tom Waits records.
In the early 1990's, Mike first met drummer Dave Harris in their band Cat's Pajamas. Later in the '90s in Mike's 2nd band Ultra Sheen, Scott Smith came in on bass. Ultra Sheen took a ten year hiatus and reformed in the late 2000s with Mike, Dave and Scott as Sheen.
He has also been performing year-round for over 20 years on acoustic guitar and harmonica, as a solo artist and as part of a duo, throughout the Adirondack region of Upstate New York.
As well as performing and recording with Sheen, he has released two full length CDs independently on his Reality Theorist Records.