I’m Mick Kolassa, a lifelong musician and hardcore blues fan who, in addition to being an active blues artist, also am head of Endless Blues Records and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation. I live in Memphis but was born in Michigan and lived in Mississippi for nearly 30 years, where I was given the nickname “Michissippi Mick”.
My love of the blues began when I was a teenager and with my music I share that love with the world. Rather than staying within a single genre of blues, I love and celebrate all styles of blues, so I call my style “Free Range Blues”. Whether it is a Delta Blues song from the 1930s, Piedmont Blues, Chicago Blues, Memphis style Soul Blues, slick city blues or cool country blues, I love and play them all. I also love to find the blues hidden in songs of other genres, “bluesifying” songs and doing what I call “uncovers”.
I have played my blues in solo and duo acoustic formats and with bands at clubs, theaters and festivals throughout the US and Europe.
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 ->