photo by Doug Seymour
MiZ is a soulful, Rock-Americana artist from Northeast Pennsylvania who is known as a skillful and well rounded master of both acoustic and electric guitar. His sound is directly impacted by the coal mining region of PA and the songs evoke the rustic tones and imagery you would expect from the region and it's cultural heritage. The singer / songwriter / guitarist Mike Mizwinski gives name to the band and his solo work and it is his heart and soul-- poured into the words and his guitar-- that drives it all forward. We use the term singer/songwriter loosely here, as a MiZ show can feature fast, intricate instrumental guitar compositions, foot stomping bluegrass, soulful ballads, creative covers, and a melting pot of different styles- textures- flavors- and feels that make up the catalouge (over four albums worth) of self penned songs. Mike has maintained a freshness, a vibe, something, that keeps fans coming back for more. MiZ has opened for America, The Wallflowers, Derek Trucks Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Blues Traveler, Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, Leon Russell, Railroad Earth and many more. Since 2010 Mike has played in cities all over the world, spanning from Berlin Germany -Northern Canada - Los Angeles - Austin, Texas - New York City and everywhere in between. He has played onstage with artists such as America, Umphrey's McGee, Donna Jean Godchaux, members of THE BAND, Ratdog, moe., Particle, String Cheese Incident, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Jackie Greene, Marc Ford + more. Mike is now endorsing Framus/Warwick guitars and won the Tri-State Indie "Acoustic Artist of the Year" award two years in a row- 2011 & 2012.
and what some of the world's most renouned musical adventurers have to say:
"This stuff is great. I love it. It moves you emotionally, mentally. It grabs you. It's music that's undeniable."
-Dion (DiMucci), Rock n Roll Hall of Famer -and multiple-platinum artist.
"I’m definitely dazzled by MiZ's new CD, East Hope Avenue, please believe me. This is some strong stuff.." -Dennis McNally (Grateful Dead Publicist/Historian)
"Fresh, exciting new music from a man named MiZ---worth checking out!"
-Gene Shay/ WXPN Radio Host/ Co-Founder Philadelphia Folk Fest
Here's what -Bill Payne of Little Feat- had to say about MiZ's first studio effort- East Hope Avenue:
'He has a fine voice, the arrangements are tight, varied, and take unexpected turns every now and then. Good musicianship all the way around! Looking at the credits I took notice of the instruments played: pedal steel, baritone mandolin, upright bass, fiddle, fender rhodes, cello, to name a few. An eclectic mix. It speaks highly of the musicianship required to bring them into a good light. Musicians love music. Seems obvious, but often it's not. These folks can really play, write, and interact in ways that point to a deep appreciation and understanding of a musical landscape in which they were brought up and inspired by. It's the tradition of sharing your voice, influences, and having something to say, while maintaining your originality. The evidence is all there in their music. I say, well done! '
*to listen to tracks from East Hope Avenue + Parking Meters and grab a free download of the new Single: "The Lights" just head over to the bandcamp page: https://mikemizmusic.bandcamp.com