Mike is a Grammy winner, a two time CMA award winner, a four time Grammy nominee, a three time ACM nominee, a multi-platinum songwriter and musician. He won a Grammy in 2017 for Best Country Song. Also, Mike was nominated for a Grammy award in 2009 for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the SteelDrivers song "Blue Side of the Mountain." written by Mike and Chris Stapleton. In 2010, Mike and the SteelDrivers received two nominations for their second album, Reckless which was nominated for both Best Bluegrass Album and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the song "Where Rainbows Never Die”, also written by Mike and Chris Stapleton. In 2017, Chris Stapleton’s “From A Room Vol. I” contained four co-writes with Mike including the number one single, “Broken Halos”, which won the 2017 Grammy award for “Best Country Song” and the 2018 CMA "Song of the Year". Chris Stapleton’s second 2017 album, “From A Room Vol. 2” contains two co-writes with Mike. In August, 2020, the single "Starting Over", a song co-written & performed by Chris Stapleton was released on an album by the same name, and reached the #1 spot on the charts in April, 2021. “Starting Over” won the 2021 CMA “Song of the Year”.
Mike has recorded with such artists as Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Mark Knopfler, Albert King, Hank Williams Jr., Johnny Lang, Guy Clark, John Hiatt, Sting, Bo Diddley, Tim McGraw, Lucinda Williams, Bob Seeger, Patty Loveless along with many others. Mike most recently recorded with Martina McBride and Blake Shelton. His songs have been recorded by Adele, Chris Stapleton, The Dixie Chicks, Kenny Rogers, Daryl Worley, Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt, Trisha Yearwood, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Soloman Burke, Marty Stuart and Randy Travis among others.
In the late ‘90’s, Mike teamed with Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, Tammy Rogers and Harry Stinson to form Dead Reckoning Records, one of the first indie labels in Nashville, and released the number one Americana album “Edge of Night”, as well as two critically acclaimed blues CDs, “First Blood” and “Thicker Than Water”.
After recording with Mark Knopfler in 2000 and 2001, Mike signed on for Mark’s world tour which started in Mexico City and ended in Moscow six months later just a few days before the 9/11 tragedy.
In 2006, Mike formed the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed bluegrass band, The SteelDrivers, which featured his frequent co-writer, Chris Stapleton, on vocals and former Dead Reckoner, Tammy Rogers, on fiddle. Their first two albums on Rounder Records featuring the majority of songs co-written with Chris Stapleton resulted in Grammy nominations, IBMA awards and accolades from around the world plus an appearance in the Robert Duvall film, “Get Low”. Mike left the band to focus on his songwriting in 2011. Mike released a 2015 album “If You Think It’s Hot Here” on the Ellersoul Label, receiving widespread critical acclaim.
Mike has also been honored to receive:
- *Real Blues Magazine’s “Best Slide Blues Guitarist”
- *Nashville Scene’s “Best Guitarist”
- *Nashville Music Awards as two time winner of “Blues Album of the Year” and “Club Act of the Year”.
- *Music City Blues awards of “Electric Blues Act of the Year”
- *W.C. Handy (The Handys), Blues Music Awards, nomination