Mike "Medicine Man" Blue
A Lumbee, born and raised in the swamps of North Carolina, Mike ”Medicine Man” Blue started his musical career playing guitar with G.I.'s after school while his folks were stationed in Germany. He joined the jazz band at the German high school, and found his true love and lifetime calling—to be a guitar slinger, playing as much and as many kinds of music as possible. After graduation, Mike moved to California to chase his dream of getting a record deal. While there he was generally the youngest player on the set but managed to get gigs with the likes of Smokey Wilson, Lowell Fulsom, Dewey Terry, Koko Taylor, Rocco Prestia, Blind Joe Hill, Angel Michael, Big Jay McNeeley, and a host of others. After his stint on the West Coast Road and in music venues throughout California and the North West, Mike left decided to test the musical waters in Austin, Texas. In Austin, Mike did pick-up gigs until he was noticed and eventually hired by David Allan Coe as lead guitarist. After an exciting three years on the road with Coe, Mike finally he came back to Austin for some rest, relaxation and much needed therapy. Currently Mike” Medicine Man” Blue continues to work as a hired gun around Austin, but finds his musical home holding down the lead guitar spot, playing funky blue-jazz-soul with his friends in the East Side Blues Syndicate. Blue still is one of the hottest, most expressive guitarists in Austin. And the ESBS is the perfect platform to showcase his amazing musical skills.