Mike’s favorite song,
“Give me the Simple Life” reflects his view of life. He designed and
oversaw the construction of his home, a solid cedar house that sits
400 feet from the shoreline of Mobile Bay. Built in 1989, the home
serves the dual purpose of residence and business as Baldwin County Instrument
Exchange is run from a connected room.
His love of fishing is evident from his “fish camp” like pier and
boathouse he constructed on the water.
The multitalented Mike not only has a successful band and business,
he also teaches guitar, harmonica, and mandolin lessons. He has
never let his disability (a rare, hereditary form of macular
degeneration called Stargardts that eliminates one’s central cone of
vision) stand in the way of his dreams. He continues to drive his
boat and even drove automobiles until, in the words of Mike, he
realized he should “stop driving blind.” He goes on to say, “I run
the business and teach lesson from my home. It works well for all of
Another passion of Mike’s is history. He integrates his love of
music with his interest in the Civil War period of U.S. history by
participating in reenactments, often providing period music on his
harmonica. He reenacts with the first Alabama U.S. (an artillery
segment). Mike is in demand with this group because of his cannon, a
period piece that he has fired at many events and parties all around
the Gulf Coast area.
The trio was born after Mike traveled to Nashville to discuss record
deals and decided it wasn’t for him. The lawyer that represented
him, Buster Middlebrooks (aka Lawyer Dog) suggested that they play
around town some. The two, along with ex-cop friend Frank Stabler
(aka Blues Dog), played at coffee houses, restaurants, and clubs.
time progressed and the group gained notoriety, they backed out of
the club scene to focus more on private parties and restaurants. “We
like to do what we feel and watch people enjoy the music. Seeing
kids dancing and having a good time with their family is more our
speed that having to keep a club crowd rowdy,” Mike