Mike Sanchez

Location:
Kidderminster, Midlands, UK
Type:
Artist / Band / Musician
Genre:
Blues / Rockabilly
Site(s):
Label:
Doopin Music on-line store - www.doopin.com
Type:
Indie
MIKE SANCHEZ (Vocals/piano/guitar) -

British singer, pianist and guitarist Mike Sanchez is one of the most

exciting and charismatic performers of Rhythm & Blues and Rock 'n'

Roll in the world today. His indelible image as a frenetic front man,

pumping powerful boogie-woogie from the piano in a soaking red suit,

has won him fans from all over the world and attracted a following

from many famous rock and blues legends who have lined up to work

with him.

Mike recently enjoyed four years as a full-time member of Bill

Wyman's Rhythm Kings, fronting the band since 2001 alongside Georgie

Fame, Beverly Skeete, Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather-Low and Eddie

Floyd on their annual world tours. The Rhythm Kings released their

latest album 'Just for a Thrill' and a fabulous DVD filmed during

January 2004 titled 'Let The Good Times Roll', both featuring Mike's

extensive roll as a member of the ex-Rolling Stones bassist's touring

band.

Mike is currently involved in a number of recording projects and

touring line-ups, most notably his 6-piece outfit Mike Sanchez and

his Band featuring the outstanding Big Boy Bloater on guitar, Drugstore Cowboy Nick Whitfield on double bass, Mike's long term drummer Mark Morgan, Nick Lunt on baritone sax (Jools Holland's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra) and Martin

Winning on tenor sax (Van Morrison). This band's performances

continuously receive fabulous reviews throughout the blues and

rockin' scenes across the UK and Europe.

Mike's collaboration with top Swedish bluesmen

Knock-Out Greg & Blue Weather, creating the hot rockin' album 'Women

& Cadillacs' in 2003 has finally seen a follow up album in 2009 titled 'Babes & Buicks', both albums released on Mike's own UK label and on-line store,

Doopin Music at www.doopin.com.



In 2003, Mike released a debut 2-hour DVD titled 'Red Hot …Live!'

featuring live shows of his own 4 and 7-piece band and The Mike

Sanchez Rhythm & Blues Revue, a Johnny Otis 1950s style show starring

doo-wop vocal trio The Extraordinaires and Imelda May.



Mike Sanchez was born Jesus Miguel Sanchez in London's East End to

Spanish parents Jesus and Manola on the 17th of February 1964. At the

age of eleven, his family moved to Worcestershire in the West

Midlands where Mike took up the piano, developing a strong love for

1950s' American roots music through his high school years. As a

teenager he taught himself guitar and formed The Rockets, a rockabilly

trio.



Shortly after, Mike was introduced to former Chicken Shack, Savoy

Brown and Steve Gibbons' multi-instrumentalist Andy Silvester by Led

Zeppelin's Robert Plant, which led to the founding of the Big Town

Playboys in 1984, specialising in authentic post-war Rhythm & Blues.

Procol Harum pianist Gary Brooker became an early fan and introduced

Mike to his friends Eric Clapton and Amen Corner's Andy

Fairweather-Low. The latter signed up as guitarist with the Big Town

Playboys for two years in the 1990s. Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood

is another good friend who regularly involves Mike in his plans

wherever possible.



Mike recorded a number of albums including the classic rockabilly

album 'Crazy Legs' with guitar-great Jeff Beck in 1993. The Big Town

Playboys had various stints opening for Eric Clapton at London's

Royal Albert Hall and appeared at many European music festivals,

backing bluesmen like Lowell Fulson, Don & Dewey, Joe Hughes, Jimmy

Nelson, Carey Bell and the great Little Willie Littlefield. Mike has

also many times over the years been involved movie soundtrack

producing and recording, most recently for the movie 'I'll Be There'

(2003) starring Charlotte Church and Craig Ferguson. The

well-established magazine Blues in Britain voted Mike 'UK Keyboard

Player of the Year' for four consecutive years (2000-2004).



Mike's main aim has always been to make every live show his best yet

as he continuously enjoys growing acclaim and admiration for his

electrifying stage performances from new and old fans of all age

groups across the world.



"When It Rains It Really Pours"; Darlington Blues Fest 1999



Mike and band at Weyfest; July 2005.



Mike Sanchez at the Rockin' Race Jamboree

in Torremolinos, Spain.



Rhythm Riot, November 2006: "Girls All Over The World"



"Down The Road Apiece/Kiddio" 2007



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