Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel is an Original, Powerful, Soulful group from Kokomo, Indiana, United States, formed in 1993. They Celebrate 25 TWENTY FIVE! Years of touring and recording in 2018!
They were recently honored with an award for 25 years of keeping the blues alive by the Fishers Blues Festival and performed for 5000 of their biggest fans w Robert Cray Band!
They performed a sold out show w BB KING on his final Indiana show, and recently with BUDDY GUY (for the 4th time), And Robert Cray (5th time)!
With 6 CD releases on Mojo Hut Records, 100’s of Thousands of touring miles, and several Thousands of performances under their belts….
Winner of the International Blues Challenge, Indianapolis, IN.
Mike signed with Fender Guitars(FMIC) as Fender Artist!
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, INDY JAZZ FESTs, and SUPER BOWL party!).
They have worked with musical giants such as, BB King, Tower of Power (2x), Robert Cray (4x), Buddy Guy(4x), Double Trouble (Mike fronted DT in Nashville, TN. 20th Anniversary SRV Memorial Concert), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Booker T. Jones, WC Clark, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Dick Dale, Walter Trout, Pine Top Perkins , Sam Lay, Lonnie Brooks, Long John Hunter, GE Smith (SNL), Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tommy Castro, Carl Weathersby, Joe Bonamassa(2x), Lil Ed …
LIVE! (from the Slippery Noodle Inn) and Timing is Everything CDs were picked up for national distribution by all Meijer and Best Buy stores and named “Top Selling Artist”, by Audio Recon, MMSS’s digital distributor. Audio Recon is responsible for placing MMSS tunes on iTunes, Emusic, Rhapsody…
“Mike plays with that indefinable, yet very real thing called soul, that thing about being real that one always knows when it’s there”
Review from Buddy Guy show. INdy . by George Fish
“I’ve heard bands with twice as many members that weren’t half as good as Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel!”
Bob Burchfield of AroundIndy.com
“Mike’s so good I should’ve been carrying his sh*# !”
Funny quote from Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble).
“We keep it simple, play from the heart, and reach out to those suffering and celebrating.”