Mike started playing guitar and singing at age 16, inspired and influenced by blues legends Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins, The Three Kings BB, Albert and Freddie as well as more contemporary artists such as the Allman Bros, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and the Rolling Stones. Also heavily influenced by R & B / Soul icons such as Sam & Dave, Booker T. and the MGs and the Memphis-Stax sound, along with the southern-fried Muscle Shoals sounds of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Outlaws and a slew of country artists. Mike has honed his craft playing in roadhouses, clubs, and bars for the last 35 plus years, his approach is that of a journeyman. Stinging guitar and soulful vocals are second nature for Guldin who has had the opportunity to open up for such artists as Sam Moore of Sam and Dave, Molly Hatchet and Roy Buchanan. Mike has also shared stage billing with Delbert McClinton, Levon Helm, Tab Benoit, Teresa James, The Nighthawks, Tommy Castro, Little Milton, Shemekia Copeland, Debbie Davies, E. G. Kight, Saffire the Uppity Blues Women, Michael Hill and his Blues Mob, John Sebastian and Jimmy Vivino. All of these influences and experiences come together in the original tunes on his releases "Caught Between the Blues and a Heartache" and "Roadhouse Rhythm". Combined with the raucous backing sounds of Rollin' & Tumblin', these inspirations are fully realized.
Mike and the Tumblers (Mike-Guitar and Vocals, Tim Hooper-Keyboards and Vocals, CJ Clark-Bass and Vocals, Matt McNally-Drums and Alan Howe-Guitar) call their brand of Blues "Good Ole Butt-Shakin' Music"! MG and R&T are Two Time International Blues Challenge Finalists making the finals both times they entered the world wide popular Blues Competition Sponsored yearly by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee. Mike's last release "Roadhouse Rhythm" had a slew of guest artist appearances including Tommy Castro, EG Kight and Terry Townson, Don Wise and James Pennebaker all former members of Delbert McClinton's band.
If you really want to experience The True Tumbler Essence you need to take in their relentless stage show laying down deep grooves and luring the audience to their feet commencing to boogie to some of that "Good Ole Butt-Shakin Music". It's all about the groove!
Photo: Josh Howe