Americana duo to play at Autumn Cafe

Beatrice Georgalidis

Local duo Rough and Lovely will perform Thursday at the Autumn Cafe in Oneonta. 

Americana folk/rock duo Rough and Lovely will perform at the Autumn Cafe in Oneonta at 9 p.m. Thursday. 

According to a media release, the duo “write songs with the kind of rawness reserved for artists who have lived to tell. There’s an authenticity about the music; it’s the stories and straightforward guitar, harmonica and percussion, blending with Rough and Lovely’s harmony vocals.” The group’s song “Afterthought” won radio station WSRK FM 103.9’s music video contest.

Singer-songwriter Jill Carey Michaels is also a State University College at Oneonta English professor. Originally from Philadelphia, she lived in California and New York City’s East Village before coming to the local area. 

The other half of Rough and Lovely is Ed Michaels, a rock ‘n’ roll and blues percussionist who has toured with Grammy nominee Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings and shared stages with musicians such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, Robert Plant, George Thorogood, Ted Nugent and Canned Heat. His original song, “Keep the Wolf from my Door,” was a Pick to Click No. 1 Hit on B.B. King’s Sirius XM Bluesville radioshow.

The couple met at a music club in Boston, where Michaels was playing drums with Marty Balin from Jefferson Airplane. After reconnecting years later, they married and formed Rough and Lovely. 

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