With Del, Mike began a 13 year association with what was to become, and still is, the most awarded band in the history of the International Bluegrass Music Association. Racking up an unprecedented 9 Entertainer of the Year awards, 5 Bass Player of the Year awards as well as various Album, Instrumental and Song of the Year awards. While with Del McCoury, the band recorded the seminal album 'The Mountain' with Steve Earle, taking their brand of Bluegrass to a whole new audience. Eventually, Del and band would be granted membership to the Grand Ole Opry as well as a Grammy award for the album 'The Company We Keep' for Best Bluegrass Album of 2005. On the side, Mike performed weekly every Tuesday night at the Station Inn with The Sidemen. A conglomeration of some
of Nashville's best working Bluegrass musicians. The stint lasted 16 years and became a Nashville tradition on Tuesday nights.
Since 2005, Mike has worked as a session musician and producer as well as a go to bass player for many touring artists. Recent years have seen Mike recording and performing with the likes of Vince Gill, Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet, Tim O'Brien, Shawn Camp, Dale Ann Bradley, Chris Scruggs and countless others. 2009 saw the formation of Nashville super group '18 South'. A band made up of music veterans, the band covers a full gamut of musical styles built around the songs and singing of Jon Randall Stewart (Whiskey Lullaby), Jessi Alexander (The Climb) and Jimmy Wallace (Gavin Degraw) along with guitarist Guthrie Trapp (Jerry Douglas Band, Patty Loveless) and veteran drummer Larry Atamanuik (Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss). Entering his 23rd year of living in Nashville, Mike spends his downtime with wife, Meredith, an artist, and son Riley, 1st grader. A long time resident of East Nashville, Mike can often be found playing the local clubs with his talented friends and neighbors.