Mike is a phenomenal harmonica player who has backed everyone in the bluegrass world from Bill Munroe to Jim and Jesse to the Lewis Family to Raymond McLain. www.mikestevensmusic.com
“I’ve never seen anyone play a harmonica like you play a harmonica!!”
Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry Regular
Mike Stevens entertains audiences in a unique, exciting and unforgettable style. A regular on the Grand Ole Opry, Mike is a phenomenal harmonica player who has backed everyone in the bluegrass world from Bill Munroe to Jim and Jesse to the Lewis Family to Raymond McLain.
Roy Acuff was so fascinated by Mike’s entertaining ability that he was known to make special trips to the stage to watch him perform. His performance highlights include a number of appearances on the GRAND OLE OPRY; television appearances on TNN (The Nashville Network), and live performances across Canada, the United States, the Bahamas, Mexico, as well as Japan. In 1994 he was named a Kentucky Colonel, the highest honour given by the State of Kentucky.
In 1990, he recorded “Harmonica,” his first solo album, which was given the “Recording of the Year” award by the Central Canada Bluegrass Association. In 1992 he recorded “Blowin’ up a Storm” which achieved the Pinecastle Recording Co.’s accolade for “Best Selling Recording of 1992″.
His studio credits include recording sessions for Benson, CEO Records, Turquoise Records, Flying Fish recording projects for Jim & Jesse, as well as other Nashville sessions.
Mike’s musical versatility enables him to work in a number of different musical venues. His performance schedule includes bluegrass dates with Jim & Jesse, and/or The Lewis Family; harmonica workshops, solo performances, and dates with Raymond McLain.
Proclaimed as an innovator of Bluegrass Harmonica, Mike has written several definitive harmonica instruction booklets published by Centerstream Publishing and distributed worldwide by Hal Leonard Distributing.
His new album, due out on the Borealis label in the fall of 2000, will feature original and traditional Canadian fiddle tunes played on the harmonica. This recording marks the first time any harmonica player has undertaken this challenging and exciting repertoire. The release of the CD will coincide with the release of an instructional booklet/CD published by Centerstream Publishing and distributed by Hal Leonard Distributing.
|05/13/14 http://borealisrecords.com||Mike Stevens in Sarnia, ON||Imperial Theatre||Canada|
|05/26/14 http://borealisrecords.com||Mike Stevens in Haida Gwaii, BC||residency||Canada|
|07/17/14 http://borealisrecords.com||Mike Stevens in Fairbanks, AL||Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival||United States|
|08/02/14 http://borealisrecords.com||Mike Stevens in Torngats National Park, NL||Parks Canada||Canada|
|08/12/14 http://borealisrecords.com||Mike Stevens in Owen Sound, ON||Youth Folk School||Canada|
|08/15/14 http://borealisrecords.com||Mike Stevens in Owen Sound, ON||Summerfolk Festival||Canada|
|with Okaidja Afroso|
|08/21/14 http://borealisrecords.com||Mike Stevens in Bark Lake Leadership Centre, ON||Woods Music and Dance Camp||Canada|
|with Okaidja Afroso|