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Mike Stevens talent is as unorthodox as his career trajectory
As an innovative, groundbreaking , Performer , Educator and Author Mike Stevens influence continues around the world.
Mike has released 9 albums from traditional bluegrass to acoustic blues to free jazz to Canadian fiddle tunes to rocking experimental music
With over 300 shows on the World Famous Grand Ole Opry and countless performances around the world Mike continues to Breathe in the World and breathe out Music.
Through many years of touring with Bluegrass Legends like Jim and Jesse and the Virginia Boys and The Lewis Family , Mike created his spot in history by pioneering the harmonica in bluegrass music.
Mikes often copied style of playing is documented in a best selling book Bluegrass Harmonica that is distributed around the world by Hal Leonard publishing
When Mike plays, the harmonica becomes a musical paintbrush with no limits
It could be a traditional performance at The Carter Fold (the Carter Family homeplace) with long time friend Raymond McLain or an Avante Garde soundscape performance at the Eastman Mansion with Magnum photojournalist Larry Towell.
A Mike Stevens performance is always a genre bending explosion of ideas and influences
In 1999 Mike started going into some of Canada’s most troubled communities , he would load up with harmonicas and head into the bush looking for Gas sniffers.
Once he found them he would hand out harmonicas and start a friendship.
Over the years Mike started instrument lending libraries with donated musical instruments in many communities.
Eventually Mike founded ArtsCan Circle a non profit organization dedicated to Youth at Risk across Canada’s North
These experiences resonate in Mikes music
Mike has a powerful message and is a much sought after Performer , Speaker and Educator