Kidderminster, Midlands, UK
Artist / Band / Musician
Doopin Music on-line store - www.doopin.com
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
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
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
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
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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