Mike descends from a long line of musicians from folk musicians on his mother's side to country and gospel on his father's side. He began writing songs in middle school and has gone on to write hundreds of songs and instrumentals. Mike delivers dynamic solo performances ranging from acoustic/electric guitar and wailing harmonica to ukelele, kazoo, percussion, and auxiliary instrumentation, often incorporating real-time looping and ambiance. Mike has performed in a wide range of musical settings, from alternative rock to solo classical guitar, Irish drinking songs, to crooning 1920s-40s popular songs. He has a fondness for the classic rock hits of Van Morrison, The Beatles, The Eagles, Elvis, and also loves the earlier jazz songs Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway.