Mike digs deep into the musical bag of American roots guitar, favoring the melodic Piedmont style of acoustic blues masters like Mississippi John Hurt and slide great Tampa Red.
This artist can’t be pigeonholed as a blues player, or even as a fingerstylist. He’s far too versatile for that. From bottleneck blues to vintage jazz and much more in between, Mike’s musicality, depth, and mastery of the instrument translates fluently to flattop, archtop, and resonator guitars alike.
Armed with an engaging voice, self-deprecating wit, and an arsenal of elegant interpretations of old blues, swing, ragtime, and original tunes, Mike captures the hearts of acoustic music fans.
Mike comes to the foothills by way of a little mountain town in northwestern Wyoming, where he and his wife own Wind River Guitar and operate the Greater Yellowstone Music Camp in the beautiful Grand Teton Mountains.
He’ll be sharing his extraordinary talent with the Central Sierra community on Friday, Jan. 18, from 7 to 10 p.m.
The Coolwater House Concert Series is a showcase for world class acoustic musicians. Always great music, always a great time. 559-760-1134. Passes are available now at Branches Books and Gifts in Oakhurst and Mountain Feed in Coarsegold.
Suggested donation for the artist is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Concerts at the ranch are small not for profit (an understatement, says Robin Ralston!) social events attended by about 40 friends, neighbors and family. About 20 additional seats are available by arrangement to interested listeners.
The ranch is located in Ahwahnee, just ten minutes from Oakhurst at 45680 Forest Ridge Drive. Just a few house rules attendees are asked to follow please: no alcohol, drugs or smoking and no children under 16. As always, there will be a variety of foods and non-alcoholic beverages available at no extra cost.