Mike Nadolson has been playing and singing bluegrass music in the Southern California area for the last 28 years. Mike has played and sung with the best musicians around. As an accomplished guitar player Mike first began his musical career by playing in local contests. He was eventually politely asked to move to more regional contests, as it was time for other players to have a chance to win. In 1980 and 1981 Mike won the Four Corners Regional Flatpicking Championship in Wickenburg, Arizona as well as the Vocal contest as Best Bluegrass Singer. From there he moved on to the National Flatpicking Championship contest in Winfield, Kansas.
While continuing his pursuit with flatpick contest playing in 1980 Mike started a band called "Shadow Mountain" and continued with this band for 7 years as well as playing with the band "Circuits Riders". "Shadow Mountain" became a very popular and successful regional Bluegrass Band and played many of the local and regional festivals. Some of the members included Ron Block of "Union Station", Dennis Caplinger of "Bluegrass Etc." and was often joined by John Hickman of world famous "California".
In 1988 and 1989 Mike played with "Damascus Road", a very prominent gospel band that was popular nation wide.
After that he took a small break from the music business and pursued his day job (which he advises you to never give up) in earnest and worked his way up the corporate ladder to become the Vice President of a major Orange County, California car dealership.
Mike was born in Newark, Ohio on July 7th, 1951 and moved to California in 1974 due to the terrible recession that was being experienced in the Midwest. It was after this move that Mike went to a concert in Fullerton, California and heard the band "Byron Berlin and Sundance", which included Dan Crary on guitar and the high lonesome vocals of now Country superstar Vince Gill. He went out and bought a Martin guitar the next day and has been playing and singing and hooked on Bluegrass music ever since.
After that experience Mike was introduced to the music of Flatt and Scruggs, White Brothers, New South, Tony Rice Unit and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. Mike has always loved the smooth harmonies of these bands and has blended all of their sounds to develop a unique and driving sound of his own.
His solo recording, "QUICKSAND", was released on Tricopolis Records in the first part of 1998. Artists involved in this project include players such as Dennis Caplinger and John Moore of Bluegrass Etc., Kenny Blackwell of the Laurel Canyon Ramblers, David Dias, Dean Knight and David Richardson of Silverado, Walden Dahl of the Coyote Brothers and local mandolinist Bob Applebaum.
For a list of engagements or booking information contact Mike at 951.678.0831, or e-mail MNflatpick@aol.com.