Mike Stevens
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Mike Stevens

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Discography

Harmonica - 1990
Blowin' Up a Storm - 1992
Colin's Cross - 1995
Life's Railway to Heaven - 1997
Normally Anomoly - 1997
Black Mustard - 2001
The World is Only Air - 2001
Old Time Mojo - 2004

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Hailed as an innovative musician and author, this artist transcends the perceived limitations of the instrument in virtually every musical genre. His aggressive soulful approach to the harmonica takes audiences on an incredible journey. Best known for his groundbreaking work in the bluegrass field with legendary Grand Ole Opry members "Jim & Jesse" (with whom he has performed with on The Grand Ole Opry over 300 times); Mike was able to create an original, much sought after and often copied, style of playing the harmonica.

Mike hails from Sarnia, Canada, and has won the "Entertainer of the Year" at the Central Canadian bluegrass awards 5 consecutive years. He has since been retired in this category. To his credit he adds many other accolades, including "Best Selling Album of the Year" in 1992 for his recording on the Pinecastle label - Blowin Up a Storm; "Album of the Year" 1990 for "Harmonica"; and in 1994 he was made a "Kentucky Colonel" for his accomplishments in bluegrass music.

In 1998 the master instrumentalist and composer gained new fans with the release of the recording entitled "Normally Anomaly". This recording is a blend of musical influences that begins with a base of bluegrass; adds a healthy dose of Son House; equal parts of Gamelan music and Middle-Eastern rhythms and is often performed live, solo and with no samples or synthesizers.

This musical versatility enables Mike to perform in many different situations. His regular performing partner is bluegrass legend Raymond McLain. Raymond is an acknowledged "Master of the Five Stringed Banjo" a world class fiddler and an accomplished guitarist. He is also the Director of the Bluegrass and Old Tyme Country Music Program at East Tennessee State University. Their schedule includes dates all over the continent at festivals, concert series and private functions.

In addition Mike books shows as "The Mike Stevens Project" - a group of musicians that perform original rocking blues based music. Mike can also be booked as a "hired gun" to perform in various musical situations. He also has performed with acclaimed east coast roots trio Hot Toddy and has recently recorded with New Brunswick's blues phenom Matt Andersen