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Photo: Marie & Mark Conrad

Fiddle

Mike Parsons
 

A quiet-natured fellow like Mike would be the last to tell you he’s an extraordinarily gifted musician (or to talk about himself at all, for that matter). But anybody who sees him laying down harmonies or tearing off blazing leads on the fiddle can tell he lives and breathes music. 

Born and raised in Idaho Falls, Mike remembers how his mother, LaDene, loved to sing. The entire family joined the Idaho Old Time Fiddlers, where Mike learned from great role models who introduced him to classics by legendary performers like Tom T. Hall and Merle Haggard. Throughout the 70s, the Parsons family performed as a group.

Mike moved to Montana in 1983 to play with the house band at a hopping country western dance bar in Bozeman called Willie’s Saloon. It was a six-nights-a-week gig that lasted nearly 10 years. You wouldn’t recognize his long hair and beard from those days!

Of all the instruments he plays, fiddle is Mike's favorite because it is such a big part of the honkytonk and country music that he loves. You'd be just as likely to find a John Prine or Sam Bush CD playing in his truck as you would Bill Monroe or Mother Maybelle.

Mike has a long list of credits in the Montana music scene, and keeps pretty busy teaching, recording and performing, currently with a traditional bluegrass band called Montana Standard and of course with his Twang buddies. About playing with www.Twang, Mike boils it down, "Buck writes great original songs, and it's all about making great music!"

When he’s not playing music, Mike is fishing, hiking and traveling with Linda, his wife of 40+ years.