A little background about the man…
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.
Mike left his hometown Halifax Nova Scotia to see the world at the tender 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 music scene that it once nurtured. Survival in the streets was a great challenge at this point in the journey, but Mike perservered and stayed close to the music. In the bitterly cold winter of ’93, facing the elements in an abandoned building in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Mike decided to press southward to the heart of this music that had caught him up. New Orleans, the Big Easy, Mardi Gras….the land of Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair and so many other music legends. As an avid disciple of the music, there was much to learn in New Orleans and, in many ways, experiences there have played the greatest role in shaping the musical identity that Mike Younger has become.
It was while performing live on WWOZ New Orleans on John Sinclair’s radio show that Mike caught his first break, in 1997 when a Nashville music publisher heard the broadcast and contacted the station to inquire about the music he had just heard over his car stereo. 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”.
Working the AAA and non-commercial radio circuit and enjoying the support of stations acoss the US, Mike travelled to Memphis to record his second album 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, only recently reclaimed and to be released at some point in the near future with the help of producer Ray Kennedy(see news).
After dissolving his partnership with the label, Mike went on to independenly release “Every Stone You Throw” in 2004 with his band from NYC, following up with radio promotion and touring.
He moved from New York to Nashville in 2006 and began assembling the band that would become “The Marksmen”, performing locally and writing the songs for his 2009 release “Hustled By Squares”. Independently released, it was widely supported by radio programmers that recognised Mike’s talent, and “Mike Younger & The Marksmen” hit the road playing clubs and festivals around the country.
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.
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.