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mike mullins

San Francisco Bay Area native Mike Mullins has been a fixture on the West Coast acoustic music scene for over 40 years. Well-known for his guitar work with the Cache Valley Drifters (Bill Griffin and Wally Barnick), Mike is a highly-regarded instrumentalist and songwriter and has appeared on over 100 studio albums. In 2014 Mike released his first solo project, “Windows of Time,” a compendium of Americana styles showcasing a trove of original material over a 25-year span. In addition to acclaim as a solo and ensemble artist, Mike is widely regarded as a top-tier mandolinist, and spent multiple summers as an artist-in-residence at the Annual Mandolin Symposium hosted by David Grisman and Mike Marshall. He was also a featured performer at the 2019 and 2021 Far West Folk Alliance Conferences. Mike’s newest project, “8-String Sketches,” a tour-de-force collection of solo mandolin pieces, was released in June 2021 on David Grisman’s Acoustic Oasis Records.




"I just received Mike Mullins' new CD "Windows of Time." It is a fabulous convocation of local genius which reaches a critical artistic mass and explodes into the hearts and souls of its listeners.This is Old Magic and powerful, with incredible musicians like Joe Craven, Phil Salazar, David West, Tom Lee, Penny Nichols, Tim Mullins, Gabe Witcher, Tom Corbett, and more. I'm not an endorser of products, but I believe the arts support us and we should return the favor. I sent a Paypal payment to Mike and had a signed CD the next day...For my musician friends (especially the pickers) WOW. For my poet friends, every song is an act of unmitigated love. For my writer friends, here is inspiration. For the painters, a glimpse of what you're trying to say. For the actors, what you need inside is here. For the singers, you will think, "At Last." Get this for your soul, and for those who need a lifting of the spirit. Wow, maybe I am and endorser of products after all. My strongest recommendation."
- Dr. Michael Wilds, Santa Barbara, CA

"Instrumental precision and quicksilver picking, there is a sweetness that runs through his music; Windows of Time is the perfect title for this beautiful collection of mostly-original songs and instrumentals by guitar and mandolin master, Mike Mullins. Sometimes playful, often poignant, his music captures the stories and styles of centuries past...while providing an overview of more than two decades Mullins' own compositions and arrangements. The result is an album filled with timeless appeal....rooted in acoustic tradition, poetic story-songs and toe-tapping reels."
- Jackie Moore, Folkworks.org