(Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica, Vocals)
Mike Hamilton grew up in Titusville, a small town in the mountains of Northwestern Pennsylvania. In the 1960s he was listening to Jimmy Rogers, the Carter Family, Hank Williams, Stanley Brothers, Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the British Invasion. Mike started playing music in high school and formed a band and began writing songs. In the 1970s his music was heavily influenced by The Band, Jefferson Airplane, Joni Mitchell, CSN&Y, John Prine, David Bromberg and The Eagles.
Throughout the 1970s, Mike Hamilton toured as a solo act performing his original music at concerts, festivals, clubs and special events. He was often referred to as “Mr. Energy” because of his high energy performances. In 1978 Mike moved to the Washington, DC area.
He formed the band DESIRE which evolved into the band NO DOUBT CRYPTO, recorded the NO DOUBT CRYPTO album featuring original music and founded the Joe Bag O' Donuts (BMI) music publishing company. In the next decade he turned his talents to producing and engineering his own music and regional acts around the mid-Atlantic region. He was the chief engineer for Roar Productions Recording Studios in Columbia, Maryland and founded his own production company, BigHouse Productions. Mike opened Mission Road in 2003 to record his original music and engineer and produce projects for independent and regional releases. Working in the recording studios Mike was heavily influenced by an endless stream of talented musicians and diverse musical styles.
After No Doubt Crypto Mike performed on bass and vocals with the Blues Attitudes and Torchers before resuming his solo artist career. Between 1995 and 2013 Mike recorded and released the following CDs: Beggars & Poets, Appalachia, Open Book and Pardon My Confusion, Can You Direct Me To The Other Side Of Nowhere?.
In 2014 Mike formed the MikeHamiltonBand as a vehicle to perform and record original music. MHB created the video project "2 Stupid 2 Lip Sink" Chronicles, a compilation of original music videoed live at Mission Road studio and made available to the public on the MHB Youtube channel. MHB performed the "2 Stupid To Lip Sink" Chronicles in the "Live From the Red Barn" concert on March 31, 2018.
In 2019 Mike formed The DON'T BLAME US Band, an acoustic group that performs Americana covers and originals, made up of some of his oldest and dearest friends in the business. DBU is currently playing locally with hopes of increasing their reach to national venues.
Mike considers himself to be the luckiest guy in the world to have had the musical experiences he’s had and the wonderful friendships he’s developed through the universal language of music. From his life experiences and influences it's no wonder Mike is as much a storyteller as a songwriter. It's also no wonder that the subjects nearest and dearest to his heart are reflected in his songs of the working man's everyday life with its struggles and triumphs, fears and joys.