It's been a long, strange road to Mike recording his first 4 song EP release. Originally intended to be a full, 10 song CD, Mike began writing and laying out tracks for the new project in mid-2018. Four songs in and a date had been set for a long awaited spinal surgery that had kept him off the circuit for the last year. The morning of the surgery, Mike found out it had been postponed because a mass had been found in his left lung during tests for the surgery. It was cancer and a portion of the lung had to be removed. Knowing it was going to be awhile before he was going to be back in the saddle, Mike made the decision to go ahead and release what he had recorded and go back to writing for a full release in 2020.
The Cowboy Way is made up of two brand new songs, The Cowboy Way and Set In Stone, one that was previously released on A Mile Of Bad Track (My Everything) that Mike was never completely satisfied with, and one that Mike wrote back in 2002 but hadn't made it to CD yet (Live For Today).
An all acoustic instrument release, The Cowboy Way goes from rowdy to forlorn. The title track, with a pumping zydeco accordion pushing it along, it's a song about a free and easy cowboy doing his best to stay that way. Set in Stone is a song about dealing with suicide, written after the death of Mike's ex brother in law. My Everything is the first song that Mike wrote for his wife Cathi back in 2013. Never really satisfied with the original recording of it, Mike decided to recut it for this album with a haunting fiddle. Finally, Live For Today is a long time favorite of Mike's, (and fairly appropriate at the moment) about appreciating what you have right now, because "it won't come around again".
Weaned on music from the Buck Owens and Porter Waggoner TV shows of his parents and CCR, Beatles and Cream records his brother brought home, Mike received his first guitar for Christmas when he was 14. He became consumed with the guitar and began playing lead professionally at 16, working for the Little Walter Price Blues Band. Switching to country in 1980, he spent years on the road playing for Jeff Hord and the Texas Fullhouse Band, Hatfield and McCoy, Phoenix, and others. Mike has opened for and played shows with Toby Keith, Dixie Chicks, Johnny Rodriguez, Gene Watson and many more.
Always a writer, he had the first song he ever kept, Whiskey and Tears, recorded in 1984 by The Bootleg Country Band, receiving moderate airplay and regional success. Mike finally recorded his first full CD of original songs, Good For Something in 2000. By 2010, Mike was getting tired of the road and the honky tonk scene and decided to concentrate full time on his writing, recording and performing acoustic shows.
As of now, Mike has 5 CD's out, Good For Something, A Mile Of Bad Track, Pieces Of Me, Texas Soul and The Cowboy Way. He is a member of Echota Records, ISSA, NSAI and also a nominee for Songwriter Of The Year in 2017, 2018 and 2019 for the Josie Music Awards. Mike is also gaining recognition as a producer for other artists and garnering nominations as Mixer/Engineer of the the Year from ISSA and Producer of the Year from the JMA’s for 2019.
It’s been a long, strange road, but the trip is far from over. Hell, we’re just stopping for gas. See ya down the road...