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Mike Mullins BIO:
Mike Mullins took up the guitar at age 10, mandolin at age 20, and has been a regular fixture on the California acoustic music scene for over 30 years. In 1984 he began a long-standing musical alliance with renowned fiddler Phil Salazar, recording two albums, and in 1990 co-founded the Acousticats with Phil and Cache Valley Drifter alumnus Cyrus Clarke. In 1992 they released the acclaimed "Down At Evangelina's" on Flying Fish Records. In 1993, Mike became the guitarist for the newly-reformed Cache Valley Drifters with CVD alums David West, Bill Griffin and Wally Barnick, recording CVD's most successful album "White Room" in 1994. Following the departure of David West from CVD in 1996, the remaining three members collaborated with fiddler/banjoist Dennis Caplinger to record "Mightyfine.net," and "Live in Germany." In 2011, Mike joined forces with fellow Drifter Wally Barnick and mandolin wizard Kenny Blackwell to form the Hay Dudes, a Bluegrass/Americana project that started as a musical experiment and has now turned into an ongoing neo-Bluegrass/Americana force. In 2012, the Hay Dudes released their first album, featuring the guest talents of Byron Berline and Dennis Caplinger. Mike also remains active in several other musical projects, including Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk (comprised of five of the six former members of the Acousticats), and the Tom Corbett Trio. In 2014, Mike released his first solo project, “Windows of Time,” a compendium of guitar and mandolin Americana styles showcasing Mike's original material over a 25 year span, produced by David West. Mike resides in Westlake Village CA with his wife Laura, and divides his time between music and his day gig as a technical writer. Summers find Mike performing annually at the KCBX Live Oak Music Festival with the Cache Valley Drifters and as an artist-in-residence at the annual Mandolin Symposium, instructing classes with such luminaries as Symposium founders David Grisman and Mike Marshall. Mike also has a selection of instructional and vintage instrument videos featured on the popular guitar fan site totallyguitars.com.


Selected Discography:
Phil Salazar, "California Bound", Filzar Records, 1984
Tom McCreesh, "Sing Your Own Heart's Song", 1984
Phil Salazar, "The Phil Salazar Band", Flying Fish Records, 1989
Peggy Jordan, "Is It Art Yet?", 1989
Paul Edward Sanchez, “Home By Morning”, Jericho Records, 1992
The Acousticats, "Down At Evangelina's", Flying Fish Records, 1992
The Cache Valley Drifters, "Live on KPFK", CVD Music, 1993
The Cache Valley Drifters, "White Room", CMH Records, 1996
The Cache Valley Drifters, "Echoes and Reflections", Taxim Records, 1996
John McEuen, "Acoustic Traveller", Vanguard Records, 1996
The Cache Valley Drifters, "Mightyfine.net", Mighty Fine Records, 1998
Michael Mendelson, “A Fiddler's Notebook”, Sliding Scale Records, 1998
Luis Moreno, Mike Mullins, Barrett Nelson, “Cerca del Mar”, RT Productions, 1999
Cyrus Clarke Expedition, "The Road To California", Ranch Records, 2003
Chris Cairns, "Runaway Train", Fireheart Records, 2003
Penny Nichols, “I'll Never Be That Old Again”, Pensongs Production, 2004
Jim St Ours, “So Many Roads, So Little Time”, 2004
Cyrus Clarke Expedition, "Calsong", Ranch Records, 2005
Gilles Apap, "Friends", Apapaziz Productions, 2007
Wally Barnick, "View From Lafler Canyon", Coast Ridge Records, 2008
Penny Nichols, “The 8 Voyages of Nep”, Pensongs Production, 2008
Michael Mendelson, “Fiddle Pieces”, Sliding Scale Records, 2009
Tom Corbett, "Tonight I Ride", Roundhole Records, 2010
The Cache Valley Drifters, "Live In Germany", CVD Music, 2012
Penny Nichols, "Colors Of The Sun", Pensongs Productions, 2012
"The Hay Dudes", Sustainable Tunes Records, 2012
Phil Salazar, “Phil Salazar's All-Time Favorites 1984-2005”, Filzar Records, 2012
Phil Salazar and Friends, “Life On The Edge”, Filzar Records, 2013
Biff Scarborough, "I Still Ain't Satisfied", Black Toast Records, 2014
Mike Mullins, "Windows Of Time", Rubber Chicken Records, 2014
Penny Nichols, "Golden State", Pensongs Productions, 2015
Shane Alexander, "Bliss", Buddhaland Music, Elevate Records, 2016
Wally Barnick, "Life Is A Demo" Vol. I Compilation, Coast Ridge Records, 2016
Wally Barnick, "Life Is A Demo" Vol. II Compilation, Coast Ridge Records, 2017