Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel - Original Soul, Blues, Rock - Kokomo, Indiana
by Suzanne Martel
(Kokomo, IN, USA)
by Rick Phipps
Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel is from Kokomo, Indiana, (everyone is from somewhere!) United States. Formed in 1993....They were voted the Best Blues Band in Indiana 2002 by The Crossroads Blues Society. Went to Memphis. Made friends. Landed gigs! They perform top venues and high-profile festivals continuously in Chicago (House of Blues), Cleveland (House of Blues), Cincinnati (REDS Stadium), Austin and Dallas, TX, Louisville, Nashville and Memphis, TN, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, Michigan, and all over their home state of Indiana (including the Indy 500 and INDY JAZZ FEST '04, '07, '08, and SUPER BOWL!). All tour dates are in support of their 6 CD releases on Mojo Hut Records (“98,”01,”04, LIVE “04,“07,“10).
They have shared the stage with musical giants such as BB King, Buddy Guy(4x), Al Green, Robert Cray(3x), Double Trouble (Mike fronted DT in Nashville, TN. 20th Anniversary SRV Memorial Concert 2010), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tower of Power (2x), Aretha Franklin, WC Clark, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Walter Trout, Sam Lay, Lonnie Brooks, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Long John Hunter, Martin/Medeski/Scofield/Wood, GE Smith (SNL), Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tommy Castro, Carl Weathersby, James Hunter, Joe Bonamassa(2x), Lil Ed, Shannon Curfman (Now with Kid Rock) ...
In 2007, LIVE! and Timing is Everything CDs were picked up for national distribution by all Meijer and Best Buy stores and named "Top Selling Artist of 2008", by Audio Recon, MMSS’s digital distributor. Audio Recon is responsible for placing MMSS tunes on iTunes, Emusic, Rhapsody...
In 2012, Mike signed with Fender Guitars(FMIC) as an official Fender Artist!
"Mike plays with that indefinable, yet very real thing called soul, that thing about being real that one always knows when it’s there." Snip of review from Buddy Guy show. INdy. 9-5-05 by George Fish.
"Mike's so good I should've been carrying his sh*#!" Funny quote from Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble). 8-28-2010
“We keep it simple, play from the heart, and reach out to those suffering and celebrating.” …Mike