The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul is a collection of the works of 24 diverse, talented southern writers and singers.


Michael Reno Harrell is an award winning songwriter, as well as a veteran storyteller and entertainer. Hailing from the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Harrell’s brand of entertainment appeals to audiences young and old.

Michael’s natural knack for storytelling in print, song and spoken word has earned him praise from both the music community and the literary and storytelling worlds, having had the honor of being a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival, as well as the Teller In Residence at the International Storytelling Center. Harrell has performed at major music events like MerleFest and the Walnut Valley Festival.

Michael’s recordings top the Americana Music Association charts year after year. His original songs and stories have been described as “Appalachian grit and wit,” but, as his writing shows, Michael’s awareness is much broader than the bounds of his boyhood home. Having toured throughout the British Isles and much of Europe, as well as most of the U.S., the songs he writes and the stories he creates reflect an insight into people’s experiences that catch the ear like an old friend’s voice.

Michael’s recordings have received and continue to garner awards in Country, Americana and Folk circles. His humor and wit, as well as the emotional depth of his work, keep his fan base growing and tuned in for whatever comes next.

Excerpt from The Shoe Burnin' Stories of Southern Soul

“A Red Corvair and Black and White Wingtips” by Michael Reno Harrell

It was a red 1964 Corvair two door. Good on gas, seated four, easy to park and Ralph Nader’s theories on unsafe at any speed be damned. This was a General Motors product, for God’s sake. My dad had spotted it sitting at the graveled edge of the parking lot of the Sunset Shell station out on the west end of town. The guy who fixed flats and washed cars down there was selling it for his uncle or cousin or somebody. Anyway, the shoe polish lettered cardboard sign stuck under the driver’s side wiper blade read, “Good Transpatason $275.”


“Michael Reno Harrell is one of those natural born Southern musicians and storytellers who is filled with wit, charm and surprises. Whether the story is in song or narrative, Michael will draw you in and entertain you, all the while making you feel right at home.”

—David Holt, 4-time Grammy Winner

“Michael Reno Harrell has been at the forefront of WNCW’s regional music scene since the late ’90s. His storytelling, wit and Americana sound make him a true treasure of the Southeast and of all the artists we hang our hat on. Michael’s name has become as well-known and respected among core WNCW listeners as Guy Clark’s and Robert Earl Keen’s.”

—WNCW Radio


sb_-book_coverThe Shoe Burnin’ Stories of Southern Soul (2013)

Then There’s Me (2012) [CD]

Humor & Heart (2011) [CD, Stories & Songs]

Hoot & Holler (2010) [CD, Stories & Songs]

Tales & Tunes (2008) [CD, Stories & Songs]

Junk Drawer (2008)

The River (2007) [CD]

Drive (2006) [CD]

Hey Y’all (2005) [DVD, Stories & Songs]

Grit & Wit (2004) [CD, Stories & Songs]

Closer Home (2003) [CD]

Southern Son (2002) [CD]

Second Wind (1999) [CD]

Ways To Travel (1997) [CD]

There Are No Angels Here (1995) [CD]