I’m Mick Kolassa, also known as Michissippi Mick. I am a lifelong musician and hardcore blues fan who also happens to be a former member of the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation. My love of the blues began 50 years ago and with this and my previous albums I am able to share that love with you. You can see that I love all styles of blues, and I also love to find the blues song hidden in tunes that most people wouldn’t think of as blues. I like to call what I do “Free Range Blues”. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together.
Taylor Made Blues Band
The Taylor Made Blues Band brings together four talented and respected blues artists whose talent and love for the blues is infectious. The band was formed when singer and songwriter “Michissippi” Mick Kolassa decided to start touring on a regular basis. Joined by David Dunavent on lead guitar and backing vocals, Seth Hill on bass and John Blackmon (and sometimes Lucy Kate Piper or Darin Williams) on drums, the quartet delivers rock solid blues in a show that keeps audiences coming back. Their repertoire includes all styles of Blues, which moved Mick to call their style “Free Range Blues”.
Playing a combination of Mick’s and David’s original songs, cherished blues classics and some surprising blues “uncovers” of songs not traditionally thought of as blues, the Taylor Made Blues Band keeps audiences enthralled by fitting the set to the fans to assure their enjoyment of the show. They are lively and animated in their performances, demanding the attention of the audience and assuring that the fans enjoy themselves.
The Blues Foundation
The Blues Foundation is Memphis-based, but world-renown as THE organization dedicated to preserving our blues music history, celebrating recording and performance excellence, supporting blues education and ensuring the future of this uniquely American art form.
The Blues Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that works to support the blues and the blues community in many ways. The Foundation holds several regular events to celebrate the blues and recognize excellence in blues through the Blues Music Awards, the International Blues Challenge, Keeping the Blues Alive Awards and the annual induction of individuals and their works into the Blues Hall of Fame. The Blues Foundation also provides or sponsors programs on blues education, including Blues in the Schools and Generation Blues, and in health care for blues artists through Sound Healthcare and the HART Fund. MORE INFO ->
All Proceeds from my albums will go to support two of these important programs: The HART Fund and Generation Blues.
THE HART FUND (Handy Artists Relief Trust) is for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses. MORE INFO ->
GENERATION BLUES provides scholarship to artists under the age of 21 to study at reputable camps, seminars and workshop programs such as Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, Augusta Heritage Center and Fernando Jones’ Columbia College Blues Camp. MORE INFO ->