May 22, 2020, was the 33rd year since a tornado devastated Saragosa, Texas. The song I wrote about it has lived on. Above left is a 2013 rendition by a group in Fort Worth, Texas. Here's a slow ballad version and here's a version with a more mariachi-style tempo.

I can't decide what's been more exciting the past two years-- recording new songs with Jay Patten and Marc McElroy, or getting to perform an obscure clarinet chamber music piece with the Artful Noise String Quartet, the premiere string quartet of the seacoast Maine and New Hampshire region.

Here's some more of Mike's instrumental work:

...With the Blue Note Big Band, it was the Blood, Sweat and Tears arrangement of God Bless The Child. I tried to get out all the notes of the Fred Lipsius solo that slayed me as a kid....can't blame me for tryin'!

Who's On My Land is a streaming-only single.. It felt like a folk rock classic  when I was writing it. With the Levon type of feel,  it got me inspired to write more "Americana" songs which form the basis of my next album.

Meeting up with Ray  Benson and Dale Watson was big fun for me!​ And please buy my first album Boston Nashville so I can put out my second album including the song previews  you can hear for free right above! 

Happy to be re-creating music I've

heard all my life. With the Deep Blue Studio Orchestra, it was a tribute to

​Burt Bacharach....

The "Michael and Nung" music video combines composition and performance with the video and editing art of Nung-Hsin Hu, rendered in New York and Connecticut. Mike's composition for three clarinets (b flat, a, and bass) is called Kaleenka Suite. It's Mike's "classical" side during a residency at i-Park Foundation.  Here is a link to the music of Chronic Jazz Syndrome where Mike plays bass.  The two videos below show Mike sitting in on alto sax.

Being part of Zuzu Bollin's comeback show is a great memory and this is the only capture I've found of it! You may hear me on sax but can't see me, the trumpet player and I are looking at each other making it up as we go along.... sometimes there's no rehearsal for the blues! And yes, on drums is the late great Doyle Bramhall.