Big Mike Griffin


Big Mike Griffin grew up in southern Oklahoma, where he was introduced to music at an early age. My Dad played so there was always a guitar or fiddle laying around the house. It seems like I've been playing as long as I've been alive. Later, he began listening to blues artists like T-Bone Walker, Paul Butterfield, and Mike Bloomfield. His blues education was further enhanced by late night highway trips to Texas to catch legends like Freddie King, Albert King, and Albert Collins. When the economy faltered in Oklahoma, Griffin set out for Nashville where he began playing wherever he could while finding players along the way who would make up the nucleus of the Unknown Blues Band. As their popularity grew, the band began to appear in front of larger audiences and to perform at such prestigious festivals as the King Biscuit Blues Festival and the W.C. Handy Festival. They also expanded their regular touring schedule, travelled to the East Coast and then out West. In 1992 his Back on the Streets Again debut served to further advance the band which was on the road to building a reputation as an original blues ensemble. They have appeared with such great names as Ray Charles, Lonnie Mack, and Clarence Gatemouth Brown. In 1993, Gimme What I Got Comin' brought the band further acclaim as a solid force on the blues scene. The album grabbed the attention of blues fans, critics, and DJs and snagged a high-ranking spot on Living Blues Magazine's national radio chart. Fifth of Whi...

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