Blue Collar Tired
From the Oklahoma-Texas area to Atlanta to Nashville and stints in Europe, Mike's journey has been an extraordinary one. Mike's innate writing skills and love of music merged early on. Raised in Oklahoma, he grew up on Country Western and Honky Tonk - moving into a diverse blend of music as a young man in the 60s. Many of his influences are: The Beatles, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffett, Delbert McClinton and all the great story tellers of years gone by. Professionally, Mikes career began in the small clubs and honky tonks of Oklahoma City - moving on to Atlanta in 1988 to expand his opportunities and sharpen his writing skills. While in Atlanta he worked with the Lowry Group and subsequently met Don Goodman, a successful Nashville writer with many hits including Angels Among Us and Ring on her finger time on her hand. With Don's encouragement, Mike made the move to Nashville in 1995 to have access to the larger writing community. One of those connections led to a European tour with Johnny Neel and the Italian power trio W.I.N.D. Mike's songs reflect his diverse background. His initial release, BAC, has a Rock-a-Billy feel to it. The newly released, Blue Collar Tired, contains a blend of country and rock with a honky tonk feel. Both are sure to please everyone. "'Blue Collar Tired' is one of the best traditional country CDs I've heard in a while." -John Harring, Nashville Independent Music.