Mike has recorded with such artists as Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Mark Knopfler, Albert King, Hank Williams Jr., Johnny Lang, Guy Clark, John Hiatt, Sting, Bo Diddley, Tim McGraw, Lucinda Williams, Bob Seeger, Patty Loveless along with many others. Mike most recently recorded with Martina McBride and Blake Shelton. His songs have been recorded by Adele, The Dixie Chicks, Kenny Rogers, Daryl Worley, Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt, Trisha Yearwood, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Soloman Burke, Marty Stuart and Randy Travis among others.
In the late ‘90’s, Mike teamed with Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, Tammy Rogers and Harry Stinson to form Dead Reckoning Records and released the number one Americana album “Edge of Night”, as well as two critically acclaimed blues CDs, “First Blood” and “Thicker Than Water”.
After recording with Mark Knopfler in 2000 and 2001, Mike signed on for Mark’s world tour which started in Mexico City and ended in Moscow six months later just a few days before the 9/11 tragedy.
In 2006, Mike formed the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed bluegrass band, The SteelDrivers, which featured his frequent co-writer, Chris Stapleton, on vocals and former Dead Reckoner, Tammy Rogers, on fiddle. Their first two albums on Rounder Records resulted in Grammy nominations, IBMA awards and accolades from around the world plus an appearance in the Robert Duvall film, “Get Low”. Mike left the band to focus on his family and his songwriting in 2011.
Now with his family raised it’s time to get back to making records. So check out this new one and expect more to come!
Mike’s Nominations and Awards:
Mike was nominated for a Grammy award in 2009 for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the SteelDrivers song "Blue Side of the Mountain." written by Mike and Chris Stapleton. In 2010, Mike and the SteelDrivers received two nominations for its second album, Reckless which was nominated for both Best Bluegrass Album and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song "Where Rainbows Never Die”, written by Mike and Chris Stapleton.
Mike has also been honored to receive:
- Real Blues Magazine’s “Best Slide Blues Guitarist”
- Nashville Scene’s “Best Guitarist”
- Nashville Music Awards as two time winner of “Blues Album of the Year” and “Club Act of the Year”.
- Music City Blues awards of “Electric Blues Act of the Year”
- W.C. Handy (The Handys), Blues Music Awards, nomination