Mike was born in San Francisco in 1967. He started piano lessons at the age of 7, and started playing in bands in high school. Since then, he has performed and/or recorded extensively with a wide range of musicians—Elvin Bishop, Carlene Carter, Percy Sledge, Zigaboo Modeliste, Chris Cain, The Blues Broads, Terry Haggerty, Harvey Mandel, Debbie Davies, James Armstrong, Will Ray(from the Hellecasters), Earl Thomas, Johnny Dyer, Christine Lakeland and Thad Beckman, to name but a few. He has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, Chicago Blues Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Mike still lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently tours with Tommy Castro & The Painkillers.