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Prior to making his debut as a solo artist, Michael Beauchamp backed up and collaborated with a number of Americana-tinged indie acts based in Southeast Michigan, including Chris Bathgate, Breathe Owl Breathe, and the Ambitious Brothers. Beauchamp got involved in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti indie scene while he was a student in the University of Michigan's musicology program; after graduation, Beauchamp went on to study guitar under Joel Mabus. My Northern Voices, Beauchamp's self-released debut full-length, came out in 2008; rooted in bluegrass, old-timey, and Americana, the album nodded to touchstones like Neil Young, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, and Gillian Welch. ~ Margaret Reges, Rovi