Americana singer/songwriter Mike Graham draws on folk, country, and soul influences to craft songs that touch hearts and entice minds. His powerful, emotive voice wraps all these influences into a unique and compelling sound.
Starting in the late '90s, Mike played just about every club, honky-tonk, festival, flatbed trailer, and wide spot in the road in Texas and beyond for almost a decade. He followed in the footsteps and on the coattails of powerhouses like Jack Ingram, Pat Green, Charlie Robison and Reckless Kelly -- sharing stages with them all -- as well as icons like Willie Nelson, Gary P. Nunn, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Steven Fromholz.
Then in 2006, Mike unexpectedly walked away from the music business to focus on his new family and to generally learn how to be a grown-up.
It only took a global pandemic to get him writing songs and making music again. In 2020, Mike released a seven song EP "Sunset/Sunrise". The self-explanatory first track is titled "Good to be Back". Started during the height of the COVID outbreak, all of the tracks were recorded remotely from home studios, home offices, and living rooms. The songs are a reflection of what kind of artist Mike always wanted to be. More songwriter and storyteller, less honky-tonk beer salesman.
In 2023, Mike started a monthly residency at The Post at River East in Fort Worth. This year-long series allowed him to share the stage with some of his friends and favorite songwriters like Zac Wilkerson, Noel McKay, Kelley Mickwee, Ryan Culwell, Owen Temple, Tommy Alverson, Davin James, Larry Joe Taylor, and Charlie Shafter. He's also recently performed with some of his other talented friends including Walt Wilkins, Max and Heather Stalling, Matt Hillyer, Courtney Patton, Jamie Lin Wilson, Michael Hearne, Jed Zimmerman, and Jason Eady.
In 2024, Mike took a stack of new of songs into Jumping Dog Studio to record "The Innocence We've Lost" with Walt Wilkins producing. Scheduled for release in Summer 2024, this album contains 11 songs about struggle, frustration, humanity, love, grace, and hard work. The sound bridges the influences and and eras of music that are the running soundtrack in Mike's head.
Born and raised in untamed West Texas oilfields and flatlands, Mike's music is a reflection of the energy and spirit of his roots. It's not surprising that his debut album (1999) was titled "Just West of Nowhere".
Mike recorded two more well-received albums in the early 2000s: "Find You a Highway" (2001) and "Bad Ideas" (2004) received significant airplay on Texas and satellite radio.
Mike is back. Writing songs. Performing far and wide. Catch him at a venue near you or at his monthly residency at The Post at River East in Fort Worth.