Mike Strauss - Guitars and Vocals
Jon Schigoda - Upright and Electric Bass
Greg Lilley - Drums,Vocals and Percussion
David Hellyer - Harmonica
David Childers - Vocals
Michael Reno Harrell - Vocals
Eric Lovell - Pedal Steel and Guitar
Marty Faulkner - Keyboards
Steven Carpenter - Mandolin
J.D. Wilson - Mandolin and Vocals
Kristin CAmpbell - Vocals
Rony Tel-Or - Percussion
Tim Gordon - Saxophone
David Howle- Percussion
Joe Kuhlmann - Keyboards, Guitar and Percussion
"Strauss' debut CD, Gone Electric, seemed to have dropped right down from heaven, it's smoky, melancholy, low-key, garage-folk vibe recalling early Dire Straits - had those limeys grown up in Romney, WV like Mike did."
- Creative Loafing, Charlotte Nov. 2nd 2005
"Strauss' Gone Electric...it's a keeper...with Strauss bringing a blues influence and a Tom Waits affinity to the proceedings.Most striking is the album's middle third, as two rave-ups (the Feat-ishly funky "New Legs" and "Halfway")give way to the whisper of "Go" and the country roller "Where's the Fire"
Rick Cornell-The Music Monitor June/July 2005
"His bloozy alt-country is lyrical and emotional, and his
raggedy burr falls somewhere between Billy Joe Shaver and
The Charlotte Observer 6/18/04
"Strauss' warm raspy voice fits nicely with all the genres
he covers, which include hot blues, jazzy pop,country
and classic rock."
Charlotte Creative Loafing 6/17/04
"People hand me a lot of CD's out here on the road.
I listen to almost all of them.
I listen to Mike Strauss over and over."
Michael Reno Harrell
"He writes very engaging songs that use language in fresh ways.He is not stuck in any one style or genre.
His last record GONE ELECTRIC shows a very broad and vital
talent at work.
As far as I can see, Mike Strauss is the best young songwriter in Charlotte."
"Mike Strauss sports a cool, growly-yet-lively vocal style
and many an awesome guitar chop.His songs are a collection
of eclectic Americana originals that iresistably draw the
listener into his world.
Mike's new CD GONE ELECTRIC is a party and a heartfelt
experience at the same time."
The Evening Muse
"Mike Strauss has an original sound and groove that stands out from other singer/songwriters, and after seeing him perform live several times, it's evident that he can pull an audience into his ultra-cool universe."
Tosco Music Parties, Inc.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Not Gonna Make It Tonight
2. Aye-Aye Captain
3. Back In Business
4. One Above/Two Below
5. New Legs
8. Where's The Fire?
9. The Less Said The Better
10. What Else?
11. Knowing How It's Going To End