Monday, April 4, 2016

The Latest!

Hi Friends!

Just a quick note to check-in and let you know we've been busy working with Casey Smith at KnottBrite Studios in Minneapolis, recording new songs for a variety of upcoming projects and albums. I've got a whole bunch of news songs that I'm really proud of and can't wait for you to hear!

I, along with Curt Hutchens, had the great opportunity to partake in the Naked Songwriter series, presented (Diverse Emerging Music Organization), at Orfield Labs (former home of Sound 80 Studio). This is the same studio where Bob Dylan recorded Blood on the Tracks. Look for a video of our performance this Spring!

We're also planning some fun shows this summer, as well as being super excited to be returning to Marketfest in White Bear Lake, MN. We'll be playing there from 6pm to 9pm, on Thursday, July 21st!

Below are some photos from some of these sessions.

Take care, and hope to see you soon!


Curt and Michael

Michael, Ryan Inselman, and Casey Smith

Dan Carlsen

Pat Wheeler

Curt Hutchens

Friday, April 1, 2016

"Dirty Dog" - Live in Studio!

Hi Everybody!

My bandmates and I went into the studio a couple of months ago, with the help of Casey Smith and KnottBrite Studio, and did a live take of my song Dirty Dog. Kudos to Curt Hutchens, Pat Wheeler, Dan Carlsen, and John Fitzgerald, for kickin' out the jams!

Check out this rockin' video, with some cute pics of my dog!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Michael Ray Pfeifer and The Nasty Notes will be playing at the Diverse Emerging Music Organization's intimate performance room, on Friday, January 29th from 7pm to 10pm. BIRTHDAY SHOW! Michael and Curt Hutchens and Pat Wheeler all have birthdays close to this date, so help us celebrate! Michael & the band will be playing favorites from "The Higher You Climb," plus new songs from the forthcoming record, "Juggernaut."

Starting our evening will be the talented Wendy Smith! Wendy is a wonderful vocalist, musician and songwriter. She draws on a history of roots, blues, country, rock and R&B. Wendy also leads her band, Wendy Smith and The Zillionaires.

$10 suggested donation, (or pay what you like). Space is limited. We'll have soda, water, snacks and cake! And please, you're more than welcome to BYOB! Join us for songs, stories, and shenanigans!

DEMO Center for Music
3530 E. 28th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55405


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Upcoming Shows! December & January

Friday, Dec. 18th, 8pm, at The Contented Cow, Northfield, Mn. 8pm to 11pm.

Saturday, Dec. 19th, at Acadia, Minneapolis, Mn. 9pm.

Friday, January, 29th, 7pm, at the DEMO Center for Music, Minneapolis, Mn. BIRTHDAY SHOW!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Upcoming dates, Miss Becky Kapell!


We've got a big show coming up at one of my all-time favorite places to play, The Aster Cafe! We're really looking forward to this special show, as we'll be debuting one or two brand new songs, that will be featured on our upcoming record!

Plus, joining us for the show is the incredibly talented Miss Becky Kapell! And I cannot wait! We've been trying to put this show together for months, and it's finally gonna happen. She has a love for the classic country of the 60’s and 70’s and her own songs show it. It's gonna be a real treat to share the stage with Miss Becky!

I'm tellin' ya, it's gonna be all smiles! So, come on out, we'd love to see you!

Wed. Nov. 11th, 9-11pm @ The Aster Cafe.

More info here!

Upcoming dates:

Friday, Dec. 18th, 8pm, at The Contented Cow, Northfield, Mn.
Friday, January, 29th, 7pm, at the DEMO Center for Music, Minneapolis, Mn. BIRTHDAY SHOW!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Upcoming show with Bec Smith!

We've got a very, very special night coming up on Friday, Oct. 2nd at the Wild Tymes and The Palace Stage, in downtown St. Paul, Mn. Our good friend, the wonderfully talented Bec Smith, will be performing and sharing the stage with us!

Bec will be playing some favorites from her excellent CD's "Temper" and "Blessing" as well as some new songs! AND, we'll be celebrating Bec's birthday!

Bec, as you might remember, sang some beautiful harmonies on our record, "The Higher You Climb."

Michael Ray Pfeifer and Curt Hutchens will open up the night at 8pm with an acoustic set, featuring some brand new songs from our upcoming record "Juggernaut", as well! Bec Smith and her band at 9pm. And then, Michael Ray & The Nasty Notes will plug in around 10pm.

So come on out!


Wild Tymes and The Palace Stage 33 W 7th Pl, St Paul, MN 55101 (651) 224-8181

Friday, July 17, 2015

Wild Tymes Recap!

Our good friend Cori Miller, from Cori Miller Photography, took some great photos of our gig at the Wild Tymes Bar & Grill, in downtown, St. Paul. Check them out in our Photo Gallery!