Artist to Watch: Mike Flanigin

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Rolling Stone Country says, "It’s the perfect record for late-night parties or all-day drives through the desert."

With the help of engineer Jim Eno (also the drummer of Spoon), rock 'n' roll and blues B3 great Mike Flanigin has released his first solo album, The Drifter. Appearing on on the LP are GaryClark Jr., Billy Gibbons, Alejandro Escovedo, Jimmie Vaughan, and more. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Clem Burke of Blondie also appears on the release along with legendary jazz musician Bob Malach (Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand) playing horns and Stephen Barber (Keith Richards, Willie Nelson) composing strings and horn arrangements.

"These artists are all personal heroes of mine," says Flanigin, "I wrote the songs with each of them in mind to perform them. Luckily, they are all personal friends too." The album was created in six different studios and throughout four states, which included a stop at Avatar Studios in New York for mixing.


"I worked at a pawnshop growing up, so I was around instruments, but I didn’t know anyone who was a musician really," Flanigin explains, "I didn’t step on a stage until I was 25." Flanigin’s first gig was at a Holiday Inn in Dallas. In the years that followed, he toured with the Red Devils, played in the famous Antone's house band in Austin, and did an eight-year residency at The Continental Club Gallery. During this residency, Flanigin met and began to play with Gibbons and Vaughan, and later went on to play as a featured guest with ZZ Top on their Live At Montreux 2013 DVD, filmed at the Montreux Jazz Festival.Flanigin later played with Vaughan at The Eric Clapton Crossroads Festival in 2013.

"To to be honest, I still can't believe all the things that have happened to me," says Flanigin of his journey. "I’m the last guy I would have guessed would become a musician. It all just kind of happened somehow."