Michael Rossetto


As the son of Italian immigrants living in the midwest, it is surprising that a banjo found its way into the hands of Michael Rossetto. As a self taught banjoist and guitarist, Rossetto moved from Wisconsin to the Twin Cities in ‘97 and began writing and recording instrumental music with his quartet, Spaghetti Western String Co. After four records, two MN Music Awards (2005, 2006) and a handful of silent film score performances, the group disbanded in 2010. Their music can be heard in the documentary Winnebago Man. He spent the last several years working as a sideman for The Pines, David Huckfelt, Pieta Brown, Erik Koskinen and Buffalo Gospel. In 2015 he began recording what would become Intermodal Blues, a collection of instrumental music that is a homage to the global music well that Rossetto draws inspiration from. Intermodal Blues was produced by Twin Cities drummer/percussionist, JT Bates along with Chris Bates (bass) and Jim Anton (doshpuluur). The collection of songs are heavily influenced by Rossetto’s travels to his parents’ villages in Italy, the deserts of north western India and the winter back roads in the midwest.

“A most enjoyable album, and a significant contribution to the “world music” genre.” – All About Jazz 

Intermodal Blues, with its mix of world music and 3-finger banjo—it’s kind of post-Béla (Fleck), new acoustic, bluegrass-influenced jazz, but hard to pigeon-hole.” – Banjo Newsletter 

As leader

Intermodal Blues