Monster Mike Welch
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Dec
17
Monster Mike Welch @ Theodore's

Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

Dec
09
Monster Mike Welch @ Dante's at Firefly's BBQ

Marlboro, Massachusetts, USA

Marlboro, Massachusetts, USA

Oct
19
Monster Mike Welch @ Dinosaur BBQ

Rochester, New York, USA

Rochester, New York, USA

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Music

The best kept secret in music

Press


"...can rip off the top of your head and cram your brains into your neck with his blues guitar work." - Rolling Stone Magazine


"Welch is quickly becoming an all-around blues guitar master..." - Living Blues Magazine


"Welch takes the music somewhere special when he plays." - Down Beat Magazine


"An ass-kicking, axe-picking bluesman with a wide range of mood and colour" - Mojo Magazine (UK)


"He's a phenomenal blues player." - founder of Roomful of Blues


"A genius of a different generation" - Blues Revue Magazine


Discography

Monster Mike Welch, Cryin’ Hey! Monster Mike Welch Plays The Blues (DixieFrog Records, 2005)

Monster Mike Welch Band, Adding Insight To Injury (95North Records, 2004)

Mike Welch, Catch Me (Tone Cool Records, 1998)

Monster Mike Welch, Axe to Grind (Tone Cool Records, 1997 – released in France by Skyranch/Virgin)

Monster Mike Welch, These Blues are Mine (Tone Cool Records, 1996 – released in France by Skyranch/Virgin)

With others:

Nick Moss and the Flip Tops, Live at Chan's (Blue Bella Records, 2006)

The Soul Band, Certified (Bird Egg Records, 2006)

Chicago Bob Nelson, Flying Too High (95North Records, 2006)

Various Artists, Roots and New - Dixiefrog 20th Anniversary Sampler (Dixiefrog Records, 2006)

Brian Templeton, Bloozin' (2006)

The Backbones, New Road Sessions, Vol. 1 (New Road Music, 2006)

Various Artists, Fins, Chrome and the Open Road: A Tribute to The Cadillac (95North Records, 2005)

Johnny Winter, I’m A Bluesman (Virgin/Pointblank, 2004)

Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones Featuring Monster Mike Welch (Severn Records, 2003)

Various Artists, The Story Of Tone-Cool, Vol.1 (Tone Cool Records, 2003)

Brian Templeton, Home (Stone Cold Records, 2000)

Tom Hambridge, Balderdash (Artemis Records, 2000)

The Repeat Offenders, The Best Defense (EP , self-released, 1999)

Shemekia Copeland, Turn the Heat Up (Alligator Records, 1998)

Mark Hummel, Low Down to Uptown (Tone Cool Records, 1998)

Mike and the Mellotones, Mike and the Mellotones (featuring Monster Mike Welch) (New Road Music,1997)

Skavoovie and the Epitones, Ripe (Moon Records, 1997)

Various Artists, Skankaholics Unanimous (Moon Records, 1997)

Skavoovie and the Epitones, Riverboat/Beardman Ska (Moon Records single, 1996)

Various Artists, Keep the Pressure On (Kingpin Records, 1996)

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Bio

One of Boston’s best-loved guitarists, Monster Mike Welch has been a fixture on the international blues scene for over thirteen years. As leader of the Monster Mike Welch Band, Mike released four acclaimed CDs of mostly original material (These Blues are Mine, Axe to Grind, Catch Me , and Adding Insight To Injury ), and toured North America and Europe. As guitarist in Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, he was a major part of a CD release (Sugar Ray and the Bluetones Featuring Monster Mike Welch) in March 2003 on Severn Records. In 2005, Mike was honored with a nomination for "Best Blues Act" at the Boston Music Awards. Now, Monster Mike Welch presents Cryin’ Hey!, his first album of traditional blues, and his finest work to date.

Mike started playing guitar at the age of eight, inspired by everything from the Beatles to Robert Johnson. He dedicated himself to the blues by the age of eleven, and quickly progressed from a regular at local blues jams to a respected member of Boston’s professional blues community. By the time he was fourteen, Mike had played with blues greats like Junior Wells, James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, and Johnny Copeland, as well as stars like the Blues Brothers Band with Dan Aykroyd, who gave Mike his nickname, “Monster Mike.”

In 1995, the Monster Mike Welch Band won the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Blues Act and started work on their first CD, These Blues are Mine. That CD established Mike as a rising blues star and paved the way for several successful international tours. In 1997, Mike released Axe to Grind, which solidified his place in the blues scene and firmly established Mike and George Lewis as one of blues’ most prolific and original songwriting teams. During this time, Mike was featured in USA Today, People, Ohne Filter Extra, Entertainment Tonight, A Current Affair Extra, and countless local and music publications and television programs. After a year of touring to promote 1998’s Catch Me, which added influences from British Invasion pop and Motown R&B to the band’s rocking blues mix, Mike took a sabbatical from regular performing. The previously unheard-of introduction of free time into Mike’s schedule led to his joining Sugar Ray and the Bluetones in 2001, revitalizing the band’s deep blues with his distinctive guitar stylings, and touring the U.S., Canada, and Europe behind Sugar Ray Norcia’s legendary voice and harmonica. 2003’s Sugar Ray and the Bluetones Featuring Monster Mike Welch featured five Welch compositions as well as his stinging guitar, and hit #4 on the Living Blues charts for two months in a row.

Now, Mike prepares to release Cryin’ Hey!, his first all-traditional blues outing. Featuring an all-star cast including Nick Moss (Nick Moss and the Flip Tops, The Legendary Blues Band, Jimmy Rogers) on second guitar, Anthony Geraci (Ronnie Earl, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones) on piano, Michael “Mudcat” Ward (Hubert Sumlin, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Big Walter Horton) on upright and electric bass, and Warren Grant (The Monster Mike Welch Band, The Lydia Warren Band) on drums, Cryin’ Hey! represents the finest singing, playing and songwriting of Monster Mike Welch’s career. Mike will be touring France, Switzerland, Benelux and Germany in the winter and spring of 2006.