“"A fluent and effortless talent, I'll be keeping an eye on Mike Wheeler for sure.."”
Mike Wheeler is a singer-songwriter originally hailing from Vermont. With recent stints in Montreal, New Zealand, Augusta, GA, Key West, and Kentucky-- where he was called "hands down, one of the finest WKY singer-songwriters going at the moment" (News4U, 2017)-- the road-tested troubadour now calls Nashville home.
2017 marked Wheeler's solo debut with Sunbeams All Twisted-- a mostly stripped-down acoustic collection of Mike's lyric-heavy Americana numbers. The 7-song EP features accompaniment from award-winning New Zealand fiddler, George Jackson, and Vermont pedal steel heavyweight, Brett Lanier (The Barr Brothers). It's a personal, folky offering, both gritty and precise, pulled from a deeper catalogue that runs the gamut from honky tonk to haunted blues, with remnants of the bluegrass on which he cut his teeth touring in string bands.
Mike's debut LP, produced by Grammy-winning studio engineer, Rob Eaton, will be released in 2019.
"A fluent and effortless talent, I'll be keeping an eye on Mike Wheeler for sure." -Delaney Davidson
In recent years, Mike has performed at Folk Alliance International, ROMP, Maverick Festival (UK), Dark Songs, Aiken Bluegrass Festival, The Frendly Gathering, IBMA: World of Bluegrass, Steelbridge Songfest, and countless clubs, pubs, living rooms, and dives, paving his grassroots DIY. He has toured nationally and abroad with Crying Wolf, Gold Town, and Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass, collaborating with members of Pokey LaFarge, Hackensaw Boys, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, and many others along the way.
Recent co-writing credits include Tammy King (The Steel Drivers), Lydia Luce, Rachel Baiman, Daniel Donato, Geri X, Noel McKay, Brennan Leigh, Ellie Buckland (Lula Wiles), & James Hall (Pleasure Club).
No Depression: "The songs on Sunbeams All Twisted thrive on their strength and Wheeler’s charisma... These story songs fly off the page and draw the listener in. Wheeler’s at his best when examining the foibles of others, gently chiding his characters but imbuing his performances with a genuine sympathy for them."
Ink Magazine: February 2017
Western Kentucky Music Spotlight (NEWS4U): September 2016: "Wheeler is at his best on stage."
Dust of Daylight (Norwary)