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
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.