Some don’t know me, some don’t know me well, and some know me well but might be wondering exactly what the hell I’m up to so here goes:
My name is Mike, I’m a travel physical therapist (& full-time RVer) and I’ve been writing songs and playing in bands since middle school. I’m from Gainesville, FL (Tom Petty’s hometown!) but grew up in a little town called High Springs. My undergrad was at UF and I joined the Army as a combat engineer because I wanted to serve my country after 9/11. I did a tour in Iraq mostly in Fallujah then Kirkuk. In between tours an army buddy and I started a band, Pilly Wete, and I think music really helped me in those days. A few years later I went to Afghanistan in Kunar province. Both tours we conducted route clearance (driving around clearing roadside bombs). After Afghanistan a lot changed for me: I got out of the Army, went back to school, stopped making music, and started having a tough time with mental health. All of these things seem to compound the significance of the others. Last year I completed my doctorate in physical therapy and that education was so helpful not just for the career but because it taught me about the body, brain, and changes we undergo when subjected to stressful experiences/environments. Since school I’ve been focusing on being the best version of myself and part of that has been resuming music.
I’m recording a Doc Straw & the Scarecrows album this year and I’m shooting for 10-14 tracks. The album is written but needs to finish recording. So far I’ve recorded 4 songs, released one single “Road to Nowhere” and have another single “Get On By” due out July 31st. Since I’m a travel PT I can hit the studio between contracts and some weekends. I’ll start playing live shows more once the album nears completion and Covid risk diminishes. For now I’m focusing on recording and I stick to open mics/small shows with friends. I’m really grateful to be able to do something with music that’s so healthy for me and I appreciate the support from all you friends and family. Thanks for reading!