XXI Century Blues - Present and Future of The Blues

Mike Wheeler - Working Blues Hero

2017-06-19 10:48


Mike Wheeler Band

"Self Made Man"
Live at Kingston Mines, Chicago, IL, USA, April 13, 2017


Mike Wheeler

Working Blues Hero

Mike Wheeler (Michael Lewis Wheeler) was born in Chicago,IL on June 30, 1961. His music career spans more than 30 years. He played his first gig in 1984 with Muddy Waters' piano player, Lovie Lee, at Lilly's, a Lincoln Park bar in Chicago. His mother was his first musical influence by playing blues (such as Muddy Waters and B.B. King), R&B, and soul records in their home. He recorded and played on numerous Chicago blues. He performed with well-known blues artists such as Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland, Jimmy Johnson, Son Seals, and Willie Kent. He toured in Europe and he has played at the Chicago Blues Festival In 2014, he was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame as a Master Blues Artist.
Wheeler formed his own band in 2001, the Mike Wheeler Band, and recorded three originals, Mick Wheeler Band (Chilla Records 2003)
Self Made Man (Delmark Records 2012) and Turn Up ! (Delmark Records 2016).

The Band :                                             The Music :

Mike Wheeler- Guitar & Vocals              "Mick Wheeler Band"
Larry Williams-Bass & Vocals                Chilla Records 2003
Cleo Cole - Drums                                  "Self Made Men"
Brian James - Keyboards & Vocals.       Delmark Records 2012
                                                                "Turn Up !"
                                                                Delmark Records 2016