An incorrigible youth, Mike was sent to the Castle Heights Military Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. They may have been able to cut his hair, but they were not able to stamp out his passion for music. In fact, it was there that his true musical education began. Mike’s classmate and friend, Duane, was dedicated to learning his guitar and its musical foundation like no one Mike had encountered prior. Mike would watch for hours on end as Duane would manipulate with his toe the old B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and T-Bone Walker records on the phonograph, which sat on the floor, while trying to decipher the chords and lead progressions with his fingers. It was Duane who opened the door to all sorts of musical landscapes for Mike. While in the Military Academy, Duane started a band, the Allman Joys, with his brother Greg and invited Mike to play bass. After school ended, they went their separate ways but stayed in touch until Duane Allman’s untimely death in 1971. In the mid-60s, Mike played lead guitar in a band led by the pop singer Keith, who had a top ten hit on Mercury Records in 1967 with the song “98.6.” As Keith was climbing the charts, the Allman Joys changed their names to The Allman Brother’s Band and went on to quite a bit of success in their own right. After touring with/opening for/ hanging out with acts such as the Beach Boys, The Yardbirds, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Animals, and Cream, Mike traded his rock and roll guitar for a pedal steel. In the 70s, he toured and/or recorded with various artists such as Charley Pride, Ferlin Huskey, and Tex Williams. Others Mike has played with over the years include Leon Russell, Billy Swan, Randy Meisner, Dale Watson, Jim Lauterdale, and Riders of the Purple Sage. In addition to his work as a musician, Mike is also a music engineer and producer. In 2005, expanded his artistic palate by landing on ongoing featured background role on HBO’s Deadwood which is where he came in contact with Earl Brown and, in turn, the Sacred Cowboys. Mike also plays solo gigs as a pianist, playing Latin Jazz and Standards from the American Songbook. He also continues to challenge himself musically, recently learning the Chapman Stick.