In 1995, after years of playing in various ensembles and Nashville playing sessions, fronting his own band, and writing songs for Del McCoury, Kathy Mattea, and Emmylou Harris, Mike Dowling launched a solo performance career.
Armed with an engaging voice, self-deprecating wit, and an arsenal of elegant interpretations of old blues, swing, ragtime, and original tunes it didn't take long for Mike to capture the hearts of acoustic music fans, and with the release of his first solo album, the critically acclaimed "Swamp Dog Blues", he began headlining at concerts and festivals throughout the world.
He's been a featured guest on public radio's A Prairie Home Companion as well as a substitute guitarist in that show's "Guys All-Star Shoe Band". In 2005 he was one of twelve of the country's top fingerstyle guitarists who won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album for their solo arrangements of Henry Mancini compositions on a CD called "Pink Guitar".
Mike continues to write and record from his Wyoming retreat and maintains a busy tour schedule performing and teaching throughout the world. He's released seven albums on his Wind River Guitar label and recorded two more for Solid Air Records.