He moved to Nashville in 1971 and played lead guitar for Eddie Rabbitt for six years. He played guitar on Rabbitt’s first four albums and received a Naras Super Picker Award in 1979 for the following Rabbitt #1 singles: “Rocky Mountain Music,” “I Can’t Help Myself,” “You Don’t Love Me Anymore,” and “Hearts On Fire.” He played on a total of eleven number one songs for Eddie Rabbitt.
He has played on over 5000 live, radio, and televised shows which include:
The Today Show, The Morning Show, Queen Latifa, Jay Leno, Ellen, NPT The Ryman Auditorium, Sound Stage, Music City Tonight, NPT Great Performances, NPR Echoes and Hearts of Space, Solid Gold, Midnight Special, Johnny Carson, Hee-Haw, Grand Ole Opry, That Nashville Music, Jerry Lewis Telethon, The Osmond Show, Disney World T. V. Show, On Stage, Pop Goes The Country, Nashville Now, Crook and Chase, Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam, Farm Aid, CMT, VH1.
Michael has been an A-List Nashville session player for over Thirty Five years and works with hundreds of engineers, writers, session players and artists annually. He has been featured in: Guitar Player Magazine, Taylor Wood and Steel twice, and the Peavey Monitor three times, as well as Finger Style Guitar magazine.
Currently he has released his first solo album “Without Words” on Agnes Records distributed by Narada Music Design. One cut off the CD is featured on the Taylor Guitars Wyndham Hill release “Sounds Of Wood And Steel” volume 3. His second album “Neurasenia” was released in 2009 and “Sonic Venue” was released in 2010, all three records have been “Ambient” staples on NPR’s Echoes and all digital formats including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and CD Baby . Currently working on his 4th instrumental CD “Back To 1” to be released in Feb 2015. Michael just completed the 2nd Trace Adkins “The Kings Gift Tour 2014” He Co-Produced the record and played all the guitar on it.
Record dates include:
Faith Hill, Toree McGhee, Colt Ford, Alexa McFadden, Thomson Square, LeAnn Rimes, Martina Mc Bride, Waylon Jennings, Trick Pony, Sarah Darling, Robin Lee, Lee Roy Parnell, Alabama, Bomshel, Suzy Boggus, Hank Williams Jr., Hank Williams the 3rd, BB King, John Michael Montgomery, Craige Wayne Boyd, Chris Janson, Rebecca Lynne Howard, Trace Adkins, Pam Tillis, Elton John, Mindy Mc Cready, Tanya Tucker, Chris Cagle, Billy Gilman, Lorrie Morgan, Maria Motto, Paulette Carlson,Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers, Rodney Carrington, Blaine Larson, Lila Mc Canne, Tobias Rene, The Bakers, Cledus T. Judd, Eddy Arnold, John Michael Montgomery, Chris Le Doux, Jeff Carson, Susan Ashton, Bill Smith Ministries, Michael Peterson, Martina Mc Bride, Waylon Jennings, Chalee Tennison, Suzy Boggus, Lee Greenwood, The Smokin Armadillos, River Road, Reba McIntyr, Dawn Sears, John Berry, Stephenie Bentley, Helen Darling, Phoenix, Billy Dean, Dolly Parton, Lari White, Razzy Bailey, Eddie Rabbitt, Ed Bruce, Holly Dunn, Blake and Brian, Jim Witter, Lynn Anderson, Holly Lamar, Vern Gosdin, Ricky Lynn Greg, Marty Robbins, Stella Parton, Ray Stevens, Janie Fricke, Mark Gray, Dobie Gray, Freddie Weller, Ronnie Dove, Danielle Alexander, Gary Morris, Noah Gordon, Robin Lee, T. G. Shepherd, Roger Alan Wade, and Akiko Yano to name a few past to present.
Michael has played for the following producers:
Scott Hendricks, Bob Ezrin, Byron Gallimore, Chuck Howard, Brent Maher, Garth Fundas, Csaba Petotz, Keith Steagal, Rick Hall, Steve Dorf, John Bettis, Barry Beckett, James Stroud, George Richey, Andy Byrd, Byron Hill, Jerry Crutchfield, Jim Ed Norman, Mark Wright, Mark Bright, David and Jim Malloy, Jimmy Bowen, Trey Bruce, Gary Morris, Harold Shed, Bob Montgomery, James Stroud, Randy Scruggs, Eric Paul, and Tom Collins.
Current Record & Demo Client List:
Warner Brothers, Asylum, Curb, Sony, Atlantic, CBS, Mercury Polygram, BMG, Royalty, EMI, RCA, Epic, API, E.M.I. Music, MCA Music, Tree International, Blue Water Music, Rainhill Music, Warner Chappel, Scott Hendricks Music , Kinetic Diamond, Big Tractor, Almo Irving, See Strait Music, Dreamworks, Starstruck: (Reba Mc Intire), Tower Street, Great Cumberland, Maypop Music Group,
Welk Music Group, Polygram Music, Buddy Killen Music, Little Big Town Music, Sony Music, Curb Publishing, Cal 1V, Wrensongs, Encore Music, Lonestar, Muye Bueno, George Straight, Hamstein Productions. Michael has also worked for every major publisher in Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York City.
He has been a successful songwriter and has had over sixty cuts. He has enjoyed staff positions with Warner Chappell (six years), House Of Gold (four years), and EMI music publishing (four years). A few of his cuts include:
- “Sometimes I’m A Little Girl” Tammy Wynette
- “Goodbye Heartache” Louise Mandrell
- “Twenty Years Ago” Kenny Rogers*
- “If There’s Any Justice” Lee Greenwood*
- “Life’s Too Short” Billy Crash Craddock
- “The Car” Jeff Carson*
- “Runaway Hearts” Louise Mandrell
*Number One Country Singles
He owns a state of the art full blown Digital and Analogue studio (SPURTZWORKS) and is a qualified engineer.