Michael Mazochi

Originally from upstate New York, Michael Mazochi moved to Los Angeles a year ago, and scored a gig at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip soon after.

Originally from upstate New York, Michael Mazochi moved to Los Angeles a year ago, and scored a gig at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip soon after.

"It's pretty cool that the folks there found merit in the music so much that they were willing to take such a chance," the 23-year-old Mazochi says. But lest he think life out West would be easy, reality soon set in. "Of course, we didn't sell it out," Mazochi says, gushing about playing the same stage as his idols, including Bruce Springsteen.

His brand of alt-country has recently earned him nominations from the L.A. Music Awards for folk album of the year ("California Bound") and male folk singer/songwriter of the year. His tales of small-town America are told in a mix of bluesy ramblers and heartfelt ballads, and he's already self-released two albums, including the previously mentioned "California Bound." Sample them at myspace.com/michaelmazochi and hear an artist who likely won't be playing empty rooms for long.