Michael Campbell

Singer-songwriter. Author.

Michael Campbell is a singer-songwriter known for purposeful melody and evocative storytelling in the likes of Marshall Crenshaw, Paul Simon and James Taylor. He also composed the soundtrack for the award-winning play Eminent Domain by Laura Leininger-Campbell, and the new Stacy Isom play The Loophole.


Sorry, no shows for now.


Live Theatre is back!

I’m thrilled to be the music director for an upcoming live theatre performance. I’ll tell you more when I can. So why bother posting this? It just feels good to say that live performing is back.

Lash LaRue’s Toy Drive for Pine Ridge goes virtual

I’ve been volunteering with the Toy Drive for Pine Ridge since it began. I’ve hosted events, performed at others. This year, as we bid the finger goodbye to COVID, my friend Rick Galusha, host of PS Blues on 87.7 The River, is creating a complete virtual event: live video performances on four different platforms at once. Four hours of them. Did you miss it? My bride and I (and our dog) appeared in Hour Three, performing a song we chose from their list. Watch it on YouTube, but please consider a donation using the link underneath the free video. Seriously, the dog has a solo.

Dream job

I’m thrilled and honored to have accepted the daunting task of being sound designer/composer for Shakespeare on the Green‘s 2020 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This huge annual outdoor tradition is created by the tireless team at Nebraska Shakespeare, and the first of these free shows will open July 2. And — cancelled due to COVID. But I finished all the music before it was cancelled, so you’ll get to hear it whenever they put this show up. It’s good.

Michael performs on Owlmouth

Michele Desmarais, the award-winning poet, invited me, ethereal bassist Bill Arab and wonder-drummer Matt Michaelsen to help add some background music to her poetry. After a couple of fun live performances, we took it into the studio. Get the chapbook and the accompanying recording.

Eminent Domain Soundtrack

My wife Laura’s original play Eminent Domain had its world premiere at the Omaha Community Playhouse August 25. Big day for me too: I got to compose the Eminent Domain soundtrack.

Of Mice and Me book released May 20!

My newest book, Of Mice and Me, hit the ground May 20th at a fun garden party. This collection of 70 hilarious new essays is now available in paperback, Kindle, and iBooks formats. In the real world, find it at The Bookworm in Omaha.

My Turn Now CD now on iTunes, Spotify

After nearly five years of recording, writing, editing, editing and editing, the album My Turn Now is born! A Deluxe CD with lyric sheet is available, or download it at iTunes and CDBaby.

MC featured guest on River City Folk

Hear the remarkable full hour interview with legendary host Tom May on River City Folk. Filled with sweet live performances and lots of fun insider shop talk. Recorded at the famous Studio B by Clete Baker and Doug van Sloun, live never sounded better.


“Campbell reminds me of some of the best singer-songwriters, such as James Taylor or Marshall Crenshaw.”

The Reader

“One of the area’s top acoustic guitar players.”

Omaha World-Herald

“Teeming with alliteration, metaphor and universal themes of family and love.”

Kelly Langin

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