|"I saw him playing fiddle
and singing bass."....
"Well I saw him playing guitar"....
"Well I saw him playing bass, mandolin and singing tenor."....
Who is this guy?
A native of California, Mike has been playing pretty much whatever
he could get his hands on since he was born. Even some of his
baby pictures show him trying to quiet the cacophanous racket
of his dads Stelling banjo. His afternoons as a kid were
often filled with fiddle lessons, and his first band exposure
was playing with his mom and dad (which he still plays with on
occasion). When faced with the prospect of going to college and
getting an actual job, Mike immediately went to South Plain College,
the "bluegrass school" in Leveland, Texas.
Under the tutelage of instructors Alan Munde, Joe Carr, Ed Marsh,
Steve Wohlrab and others, Mike blossomed as a musician, studying
bluegrass, country, and jazz.
Eventually, Mike moved back to California, where he participated
in the studio scene of San Diego and Orange counties. While there
Mike decided to embark on a life-long ambition to obtain his four-year
Shortly after graduating from UCSC, Mike signed on with bluegrass
vocal powerhouse Ron Spears and Within Tradition. While playing
with Ron, Mike developed his vocal part singing chops.
Lately Mike can be seen sitting in with lots of different bluegrass
and acoustic acts, or touring with Lost Highway or the Laurel
Canyon Ramblers, or playing twin fiddles in the David Grisman
Bluegrass Experience, surfing along the California coast, riding
his road bike in the mountains, or eating at a fine Thai food
restaurant wherever I can find one. (Mmmhh coconut milk soup!)
Check his schedule, or email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
and he'll let you know whats goin' on!