Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel

Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel

 Kokomo, Indiana, USA
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"Mike's so good I should've been carrying his sh*# !"
Funny quote from Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble). 8-28-2010

Biography

Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel is a Soul, Blues, Rock group from Kokomo, Indiana, (everyone is from somewhere!) United States. Formed in 1993… and Celebrate 20 Years in 2013!

They just sold out show w BB KING again this year!

With 100's of Thousands of miles and several Thousands of performances under their hats, they were voted the Best Band in Indiana 2002 by The Crossroads Blues Society. Went to Memphis. Made friends. Landed gigs!

In 2012, Mike signed with Fender Guitars(FMIC) as Fender Artist! http://www.fender.com/artists/artist.php?id=2449

Mike has been called a "triple threat"... (among other things!) guitarist/singer/songwriter

All tour dates are in support of their 6 CD releases on Mojo Hut Records (“98,”01,”04, LIVE “04,“07, “10)

They perform top venues and high-profile festivals continuously in Chicago (House of Blues), Cleveland (House of Blues),Cincinnati (REDS Stadium), Austin and Dallas, TX, Louisville, Nashville and Memphis, TN, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, Michigan, and all over their home state of Indiana (including the Indy 500-97,97,2008 and INDY JAZZ FEST 04,07,08, and SUPER BOWL!).

They have shared the stage with musical giants such as, BB King, Tower of Power (2x), Robert Cray (3x), Buddy Guy(4x),
Al Green, Double Trouble (Mike fronted DT in Nashville, TN. 20th Anniversary SRV Memorial Concert2010), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Aretha Franklin, WC Clark, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Walter Trout, Sam Lay,Lonnie Brooks, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Long John Hunter, Martin/Medeski/Scofield/Wood, GE Smith (SNL), Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tommy Castro, Carl Weathersby, James Hunter, Joe Bonamassa(2x), Lil Ed, Shannon Curfman (Now with Kid Rock) ...

In 2007, LIVE! and Timing is Everything CDs were picked up for national distribution by all Meijer and Best Buy stores and named "Top Selling Artist of 2008", by Audio Recon, MMSS’s digital distributor. Audio Recon is responsible for placing MMSS tunes on iTunes, Emusic, Rhapsody...

"Mike plays with that indefinable, yet very real thing called soul, that thing about being real that one always knows when it’s there" Snip of review from Buddy Guy show. INdy . 9-5-05 by George Fish

"Mike's so good I should've been carrying his sh*# !"
Funny quote from Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble). 8-28-2010

“We keep it simple, play from the heart, and reach out to those suffering and celebrating.”…Mike

Lyrics

Lucky Man

Written By: Mike Milligan

Lucky Man
Mike Milligan
6-9-08

She holds me tightly and closes her eyes
& Doesn’t know I can feel her prayers and cries
If she only knew the wrong I’ve done
She’d pack her bags and have a right to run

I come home smelling like a smoky bar
Spent all my money on this old guitar
I know that I wouldn’t have got this far
With out her heart, without her heart

*‘Cause I’m a lucky man… I’m a lucky man.
I’m a lucky man, yes I am
That’s what I am*

She’s the needle. I’m the thread
She pulls me though when I’m feeling dead
She’s the fork. I’m the spoon.
I’m her midnight. She’s my noon.

I’m the evil. She’s the good.
I’m the nail. She’s the wood.
I’m the wrong. She’s the right.
She’s my day. I’m her night.

*And I’m a lucky man… I’m a lucky man.
I’m a lucky man, yes I am
That’s what I am*

Timing is Everything

Written By: Mike Milligan

Timing is Everything
Mike Milligan
7-7-07

I was in the right place at the wrong time
I was with the right girl but she wasn’t mine
I was in the right bed on the wrong night
Timing is everything

I was on the right street in the wrong town
I was on the right trail with the wrong hound
I was on the right steps but they were going down
Timing is everything

***********

All these words with no voice
All these wants with no choice
All this laughter with no rejoice
Timing is everything

Wanted to swim on a rainy day
Decided to love you but you went away
Saving it up just to throw it away
Timing is everything
Timing is everything
Timing is everything

Fool No More

Written By: Mike Milligan

Fool No More
Written By Mike Milligan
© Milligan Music 1995

I’m tired of being pushed around
I’m sick of your lies
You ain’t gonna pull the wool over me
You haven’t got me hypnotized
Take me for what I am
You won’t catch me again
And I ain’t gonna be your
Fool no more

See I’ve finally got you figured out
I’m hip to your game
I’m different on the inside
But, to you I look the same
Take me for what I am
You won’t catch me again
And I ain’t gonna be your
Fool no more

I wasn’t born yesterday
Or the day before
I’ve got my head held up high
And I’m walking out the door
Take me for what I am
You won’t catch me again
And I ain’t gonna be your
Fool no more

Do Wahtcha Gotta Do

Written By: Mike Milligan

Do What You Got to Do
Mike Milligan
4-27-02

You can’t live your life for someone else
The key to happiness is to be yourself
Get on the right street; put the pedal to the floor
Keep on pushing forward and look back no more

You got to do what you got to do
No matter what some might think of you
It’s not about money or security
It’s about chasing your dream and living happily

Success may come in different ways
No matter what your job might pay
Don’t get caught in the money game
Just pay the price and accept the change

You got to do what you got to do
No matter what some might think of you
It’s not about money or security
It’s about chasing your dream and living happily

“The simplest things hold the greatest treasure,”
Stevie said, “a smile, a kiss, a little baby’s laughter.”
Everything you do doesn’t have to be for pleasure
Set your sights on what you’re after

You got to do what you got to do
No matter what some might think of you
It’s not about money or security
It’s about chasing your dream and living happily

On the Day

Written By: Mike Milligan

On the Day
?2000 Mike Millgan

On the day that we met
I knew you were the one
And I never will regret
The day that we became one

I remember when we took each other’s hands
And I swore I’d be your forever man
Even though I was just a boy
You’ve always been my pride and joy

So we both picked a date
And we both loved the fall
October wouldn’t be too late
It’s been ten years after all

I remember when I place on your hand
That tiny diamond, and asked to be your man
You said yes and began to cry
You said you’d love me ‘til the day you die

++++++++++++++++++++++

You say the thought of a child
Has been on your mind
Well, I’m sorry girl,
That I have been so blind

I remember when we took your little hands
Taught you to walk taught you to stand
So scared and weak, but not alone
You’ve really made this house a home

On the day that we met
I knew you were the one
And I never will regret
The day that we became one

I remember when we took each other’s hands
And I swore I’d be your forever man
Even though I was just a boy
You’ve always been my pride and joy
My pride and joy
My pride and joy
My pride and joy

Discography

CDs on Mojo Hut Records

1998. All My Life
2001. When I Get There
2004 LIVE (@ the Slippery Noodle Inn)
2004. If You Don't Change
2007. Timing is Everything
2010. Lucky Man

Set List

Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel
Opening for Robert Cray Band
@ House of Blues Chicago
3-6-08

Timing is Everything
Gone to Austin
Good Days to Come
My Last Minute
On the Day
Do Whatca Gotta Do
Coming Home
Home to Kokomo
Them Changes

Fear Running Scared
Love and Happiness

MMSS/horns @ Vogue 11-22-10 w Sharon Jones & Dap Kings

fear running scared
lucky man
dark end o the street
busted
do whatcha gotta do
if you dont change
timing is everything

Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel w/ South Side Stevie
5-17-11 @ HOB, CHI w/ Tower of Power
830-9pm

Do Whatcha Gotta Do
Will it Go Round in Circles
Dark End of the Street
Timing is Everything
Lucky Man
Home to Kokomo