Born and raised in rural Oklahoma, Mike’s humble roots and keen eye for detail help him craft songs full of vivid images that have been described as “honest portraits of real people painted on a canvas of beautiful music.” Often compared to Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, and Slaid Cleaves, Mike has been called “a master storyteller who takes his listeners on an unforgettable journey with every song”
Mike has won a host of prestigious national and international songwriting awards including first place finishes in The Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, The UK Songwriting Contest, and The Dallas Songwriter’s Association Songwriting Contest. He is a two-time finalist in The Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk competition, a top 10 finisher in the Wildflower Performing Singer/Songwriter Contest, and a Bronze Medal winner in the American Songwriter Magazine lyrics contest.
A gifted live performer and a natural raconteur, Mike entertains audiences at music venues, folk festivals, and songwriting events from coast to coast. A particular favorite with folk fans, he has performed at The Connecticut Folk Festival, The Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival, The Wildflower Music Festival, The Tucson Folk Festival, and The Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival. In 2018 Mike was chosen to perform official showcases at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) Annual Conference. Mike has opened for regional and national acts including Michael Martin Murphy and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek.
An avid student of the craft of songwriting, Mike teaches songwriting workshops and seminars to songwriters of every experience level. A former Army paratrooper and a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, Mike volunteers with a number of veteran-focused charities including The Warrior Music Foundation. He also serves as a volunteer musician with Musicians on Call and Music Mends—organizations that bring live music to hospital patients and assisted care facilities. Mike’s debut CD, American Tales, was released in 2015. His highly-anticipated follow-up At Home In The Darkness is slated for release on November 17, 2018.