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A little background about the man…

 

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Bluesman circa 2012 Photo courtesy of Nikkole Turner

Mike Younger is a performer of high caliber and depth. His music ranges in genre from blues, country, folk, rhythm & blues, rock & roll, soul and gospel. Having started out as a street singer in Canada, his transformation into recording artist is filled with raucous tales of hard travels and determination. A writer of inspiring ballads and soulful verses, he presents his original works and interpretations in a unique style of his own.

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Mike left his hometown Halifax Nova Scotia to see the world at the age of 17, earning his way primarily by playing his guitar and singing on street corners, in parks and subway platforms. By freight and by thumb he travelled Canada for several years, performing mostly in Vancouver and Toronto. Blues, traditional Country and early Rocknroll caught his ear and at 20 he travelled to New York City to search for the remnants of the thriving scene that it once nurtured. Survival in the streets was a great challenge but Mike persevered by staying close to the music.

Squatter Days in New York City 1992

Squatter Days in New York City 1992

 

Years later, while performing live on WWOZ New Orleans on John Sinclair’s radio show, Mike caught his first break when a music publisher heard the broadcast and contacted the station to inquire about the music he had just heard. Soon after that, Mike began travelling to Nashville to record and perform and from there his recordings reached the ear of Rodney Crowell, and when Mike signed with his first record company, Rodney stepped in as producer and they released 1999’s “Somethin In The Air”.

Somethin In The Air ,1999

Somethin In The Air ,1999

In 2001 Mike travelled to Memphis to record his second album, this time with Jim Dickinson as producer. Dickinson enlisted Levon Helm, Spooner Oldham, David Hood and his son Luther Dickinson to back Mike on that project but the record label collapsed while the record was being finalized. The tapes fell into a legal limbo, lost for over 15 years. Now that the tapes have been recovered they will be completed and released at some future date.

After dissolving his partnership with the label, Mike went on to independenly release “Every Stone You Throw” in 2004 with his band from New York City, featuring the late Louis Appel(South Side Johnny)on drums, Bob Packwood(Blue Rodeo) on keys and Skip Ward(Cyndi Lauper) on bass.

Mike Younger & The Palpitations New York City circa 2005 l-r Skip Ward, Mike Younger, Bob Packwood, Lou Appel

Returning to Nashville in 2006 he began assembling the band that would become “Mike Younger & The Marksmen”, performing locally and writing the songs for his 2009 release “Hustled By Squares”.

Mike Younger & The Marksmen at Masterlink Studios (l-r) Dave Colella, Bill Tennyson, Mike Younger, Rob Clark(engineer and studio guru), Jeanne Richardson, Jim Greene, John Wallum

Mike Younger & The Marksmen at Masterlink Studios (l-r) Dave Colella, Bill Tennyson, Mike Younger, Rob Clark(engineer and studio guru), Jeanne Richardson, Jim Greene, John Wallum. Photo courtesy of Marti Rhea

Having recently completed a new recording project with a cast of Nashville’s best and produced by the acclaimed guitarist/producer Bob Britt, Mike is building touring opportunities to bring his new work to your area so stay tuned. Please feel free to contact our team via the contact page to book him or to suggest clubs/theaters/festivals in your area where you’d like to catch his show.

MIKE YOUNGER - Little Folks Like You and Me - front cover Photograph / design by Alan MESSER www.alanmesser.com / www.mikeyounger.com

MIKE YOUNGER – Little Folks Like You and Me – front cover
Photograph / design by Alan MESSER www.alanmesser.com / www.mikeyounger.com

In the past Mike has had the honor of working, collaborating and travelling with some of the best in the business including Levon Helm, Spooner Oldham, David Hood, Rodney Crowell, Jim Dickinson, Luther Dickinson, Nanci Griffith, BR549, Mike Farris, John Hammond Jr, Bob & Etta Britt, Asleep At The Wheel and many others.