The charismatic Americana folk/rock duo, Rough and Lovely, write songs with the kind of rawness reserved for artists who have lived to tell. When they sing, “You drove in like you were plowing a road,
and I was snow falling off your coat…”
audiences know they’re hearing something special.

There’s an authenticity about the music; it’s the stories and straightforward guitar, harmonica and percussion, blending with Rough and Lovely’s dynamic harmony vocals. The down-to-earth, no-nonsense, what-you-see is-what-you-get performance spark the audience to connect on another level; their live show fan videos say it all.

Jill met Ed at a music club in Boston, when Ed was playing with Marty Balin from Jefferson Airplane. After reconnecting in LA, they formed Rough and Lovely and haven’t looked back.

The Journey
Ed Michaels left Minnesota for San Francisco at 19 and hit the road touring with artists such as Roy Rogers, Commander Cody, Alvin Youngblook Hart, Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane; sharing international stages with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, Ben Harper, B.B. King, Robert Plant, George Thorogood, Allman Brothers, Ted Nugent, Bonnie Raitt, among others. His gritty, heartfelt recording of his original, “Keep the Wolf from my Door,” was a Pick to Click #1 Hit on BB King’s Sirius XM Bluesville radioshow.

“Ed Michaels supplies “Keep The Wolf  From My Door,” howling the vocals as the beat knocks on that door. This is a new spin on classic blues.” – Roger & Margaret White, Big City Blues 

“Ed Michaels takes the vocal on “Keep The Wolf From My Door,” a deep-blues number, the tune becomes one of the album’s most powerful statements.” – Art Tipaldi, Blues Revue

"Drummer Ed Michaels has one hell of a musical resume, and we all saw why. He knows his way around a kit " – Boulder's Home of The Blues


The other half of Rough and Lovely is Jill Carey...the multitalented, poet, singer songwriter, NPR radioshow host of "Tellingtales Radio." Jill writes about the everyday world everyone knows. She promises to take you somewhere you've been, but didn't notice.
Her songs are observations to life, with lyrics that cut into the meaning of it - no surprise other bands cover her tunes.
Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Jill moved to New York City and while living in the east village, immersed herself in the art and music scene; performing her unique story-songs at downtown clubs. Her insightful one woman quitar slinging show, “Nice Girl” debuted in NYC last summer to glowing reviews.

NPR’s Morning Show Gary Whickam writes,
"Comical, edgy, insightful and downright funny...Some of the many words used to describe, not only the writing of Jill Carey, but the woman herself. Her performances, storytelling and songs grab you and before you know it, the night is over and you want more."