Mike began his musical journey when he was nine years old and his family joined the Idaho Old Time Fiddlers Organization. Soon, they were playing all over the state in the Junior Jammers.
The Parsons Family Band soon followed and he was backing up his mother and sisters on the popular songs of the time by Tammy Wynette, Buck Owens and so many others.
After playing in many bands, including Stone Mountain Bluegrass Company, Smokey Mountain Band, Blind River and Blue Messa, he moved to Bozeman in the early 80s to join the house band at Willie’s Saloon. At Willie’s he played honky tonk music 5 nights a week for many years.
Around this time The Saddle Tramps developed and became one of best known country bands in the region. He has been a guest artist on many records and is havin’ a blast as a full time member and playin’ some great tunes with the twangers.