Mike Watson Biography

Liber Tea Picture 2Mike has been performing music virtually his entire life, from his hometown in Bowdon, Georgia and the Atlanta area, covering thousands of miles over the years throughout the United States. He has opened for, or performed with, the Freddy Fender Band, Confederate Railroad, Cheap Trick, Darlene Austin, Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds, Bill Haley's Comets, Janie Frickie, Melva Montgomery, Allen Frizzell, and Doyle Grisham, just to name a few.
Although Mike is noted for his blues interpretations, you will find a variety of musical styles performed at any given show, including tunes from such great artists as: Merle Haggard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger, The Allman Brothers, Neil McCoy, B.B. King, Elmore James, and Muddy Waters, just to name a few. Many songs, from the pen of Mike Watson, have become crowd favorites over the years, such as, Biscuit On My Mind, Lonely Here Tonight, That's Just The Way My Luck Has Always Been, Juanita, Juanita, The Grass Is Never Greener, Down To The River, and many many more.
Mike has worked on numerous recording projects with longtime friend, and noted Nashville session musician, Doyle Grisham. Doyle, currently the steel guitarist for Jimmy Buffett's Corel Reefer Band, took Mike under his wing after a brief recording session at Fireside Studio in Nashville in 1985, and through the years, due to this association, Mike has developed professional vocal, writing, production, and guitar skills from being able to hang with some of the top people in the industry. Through Mike's travels through the studios and the concert stages, he has learned the making of a solid arrangement of any given song and you can always expect an outstanding performance, whether performing a solo acoustic act or "Catching the Groove" with The Mike Watson Band!

“We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about but try to be yourself while you're doing so.”
~ B.B. King

Testimonials

“I have worked with Mike Watson for many years, both in the studio and on the stage.  I consider him to be one of the most talented performers that I have ever known and he certainly gives the "Blues" a freshness that more people need to be aware of.”

Doyle Grisham - Member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band

“A while back I was at a radio station event where clients were trying to talk to me, but all I could do was dance! Couldn’t do anything but get into some great bluesy tunes from the Mike Watson Band. Totally blew me away. Can’t wait for the next gig!”

Jordan Graye Middays B98.5FM


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