The Bluegrass Situation

Video Premiere: "Maline"


Video Premiere: "40 Below" 

Take Effect

"A record full of working class anthems, Americana, folk and country sounds mesh together here with a lasting effect that will resonate with all fans of thinking person's music. Travels well with: Jason Isbell - Southeastern; Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska."


Mayer's Playlist for Spring 2019, Part 2

"It’s clear from the start that Philadelphia’s Michael Braunfeld takes pride in the craft of songwriting.  Driver contains 13 stories, most rooted in the trials and tribulations of life in the working class.  He infuses them all with a point-of-view that is wistful and wisened. ... Musically, Braunfeld shifts from heartland rock to folk and back with ease, always maintaining focus on the tales that he’s telling – and the messages they convey."

B-Sides and Badlands

“... Michael Braunfeld breaks his heart across the pavement as he shuffles between strands of Americana and folk music with heart-rending fashion. His precision and dedication to the craft is a marvel across the 13-track release.”

Ditty TV

5 Questions with Michael Braunfeld

Driver is "a 13-song Americana tour de force."

The Key - WXPN

Growing Up Folk: Michael Braunfeld on the road from Spring Gulch to Driver

Driver is "a stirring selection of contemplative roots and Americana songwriting, some of a more of a delicate John Prine style of observational folk, some (like the powerful 'Washed Away' and the rousing 'Breathe') of anthemic, Springsteen-esque quality."

Fervor Coulee

"Driver is a massive achievement, the type that doesn't often surface without fanfare."

"Braunfeld is a stunning singer in the Darrell Scott vein. His songwriting is also of that world, real stories of everyday folks caught in hard truths and exceptional circumstance."

"... He lays out a just perfect lyric, one that makes time stop just for a moment ... and then 45 seconds later, he slays with an even more impressive couplet."

"Braunfeld writes anthems for those of us who can't."

"Driver is comprised of 13 songs, songs that will freeze us in time. We'll remember the first time we heard them, recall what we felt as we let his melodic poetry waft through us, become part of us."

"Michael Braunfeld. Driver. He gets it, and may know more than we do."

Music City Mike

11 Questions to a Nashville Musician

"... After hearing his new LP, Driver, I'm sure that you will agree that it's time for Nashville to get to better know him."

Broadway World Music

Discussion of Driver and Michael's selection as a 2019 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Finalist - his third appearance at the competition in four years.

Mother Church Pew

Video Premiere: "Driver" - "Rarely is our path a straight one, but there is a lot of learning that happens along the way. Braunfeld shows us that it's never too late to do what you love."

Johnny's Garden

"This album Driver is not one to put aside ... We have a remarkable artist here. Idiosyncratic, strong lyrics in narrative songs, not to mention a musician who has convincingly mastered his guitar. 

Americana Highways

Song Premiere: "40 Below" - "The song is outlaw country tension full of darkness and desolation. The lyrics tell the resigned tale of a northern prairie deputy, dealing with the simple facts: “around here we don’t expect too much, there ain’t enough to go around.”  And the music, with its omnious slide guitar, sustains the Western outlaw feel of pending danger in the most ordinary of places. Driver is one badass record you don’t want to miss."

American Songwriter

Daily Discovery: “Over There”

Sports & Entertainment Nashville

This a great article on the infamous auditions at The Bluebird Cafe. Honored to have been included ... and to have been welcomed into the Writers' Night Family at The Bluebird.

Everything Sundry

"Michael Braunfeld is back and he’s got a lot to say. It’s a wonderful thing that someone who has made music, recorded albums, and played around a bit can take a decade off and come back even stronger than before."

Newtown Square Life

"Though his guitar work is as complex as that of folk artist John Fahey, Braunfeld's songwriting strays toward classic rock 'n' roll and alt-country. Melodies and lyrics are reminiscent of heavy and terse singer/songwriters Steve Earle and Richard Buckner, but his material is driven by personal experiences."


“Listening to Michael Braunfeld, one is reminded somewhat of Bruce Springsteen: The same full-throated gutsy vocals, the same feel for the blue-collar common man, the same vivid depiction of characters and their stories in few words. He is a singer-songwriter worth watching.”

"When Michael Braunfeld takes the stage he shares it with.... himself: As a songwriter Michael proves to be a sensitive and caring artist. As a singer Michael is a gutsy, emotive performer. For my taste, 'Give me both the Michaels---all the time!'"

"Even as a kid, Michael Braunfeld always had an old soul and a good guitar! But back then I wondered if he'd really lived enough to write the songs he wrote. I don't wonder that anymore as the man has become a friend and an artist I admire! And he still has that old soul and good guitar!"


“When Michael Braunfeld starts to sing, you listen. His deep, rich voice will lure you into his masterful songwriting. He can quiet a room like no other”

"I'm thankful that I can't write or read music nor can I play an instrument or sing a single note. Why? Because it qualifies me purely as a listener/appreciator. I would imagine it is a lot like someone who can't cook a single thing, someone who even burns toast. When someone cooks them a meal from scratch, it tastes like heaven. There are a lot of burnt toast acts out there, Michael Braunfeld isn't one of them. Every time he plays my stage, it is like coming in from a long cold Winter day to find the table set in front of a roaring fire, deep pottery bowls heaped full of hearty stew. Michael's music is comfort food for the hungry soul. {Listen to Never Comes The Night and you will know exactly what I mean}"

“Michael Braunfeld bares his soul with lyrics that touch each listener differently while acoustically wrapping each song with its own individuality.”