BIOG - MIKE EVANS
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Mike Evans, the man, the myth, the legend and not the same bloke who played violin in Stackridge. No, this Mike started his musical career as a chorister who rapidly graduated to playing bass and singing harmony with local band the Fox. They morphed into pop rocksters Moonshine with whom he recorded several wallet cripplingly rare singles and an EP. The band briefly counted Jim Kelly ex of late 60’s hitsters The Honeybus as a member.
Later, there was even a Boy Band phase when Mike and assorted cohorts fronted several singles for an optimistic record company. Sadly, though gaining radio play the releases were not hits and he returned to bread and butter gigging.
Mike also acted as producer and engineer in recording demo’s and albums for local new wave and post punk outfits in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s including the Mud Hutters, Rire and The Jeff Hill Band.
Over the following decades Mike gigged extensively with various bands across continents wide with his constant companions, a 62 Fender Precision and a Marshall stack. A turning point came during a tour of the US when he visited Nashville, and after standing on the stage at the historic Ryman Auditorium, once the home of the Grand Old Opry, he decided his musical future lay in the general direction of Country music. Mike cites Brad Paisley and Jon Randall to be as much an influence as George Formby and Lemmy.
Mike bought his first tape recorder when he was 12. He still has it and it still works. His new single and first solo release features his rich mellow voice singing “My Hero”, a heartfelt tribute to his Dad, Jack. It succeeds in combining a memorable piece of song writing with an avoidance of the more common clichés of Country to provide a warm, satisfying piece of music. There is more to come.