Michael took on the daunting task of drumming for the Magic Band reunion tours when Robert Williams was unable to carry on playing with them. This allowed John French to take on vocal duties.

Michael’s introduction to the band came from Mark Boston. The two of them had played together for many years in a band called Duck which toured US military bases around the world. He’s also played with country singer Leon Everette (as did Mark) and Denny King (another famous Lancaster musician). Michael had auditioned for the drum slot in the Magic Band in 1976 after having met Don but wasn’t able to take it on due to other commitments.

Read the Radar Station’s interview with Michael.

As well as touring with different bands Michael now also runs a successful studio – Synaxis Sound – in Tallahassee, Florida.

Since Michael stopped touring with the Magic Band he has been pretty busy producing albums for Drew Tillman and Caleb Mcleod as well playing drums on a lengthy tour with Tommy Tutone.

Magic Band albums

Caleb Mcleod

  • 2010 US CD Reckless on Synaxis Sound Recordings
    Michael produced and engineered this album from the Florida singer who plays his own alt-country/Americana compositions.

Johnny Payne and TCO

  • 2010 US CD Count It All Joy on TCO Entertainment
    Michael engineered this album from the Georgia based gospel musician

Solo

  • 1977 US LP Big Shot on Private Stock Records
    Michael plays drums and percussion, some keyboard and contributes backing vocals. This was a progressive rock album recorded at the famed Gold Star Studios, Hollywood California, engineered by Stan Ross of Phil Spector Wall of Sound fame

Roger Hurricane Wilson

  • 2008 US CD Exodus on Blue Storm Records 6-54247-0732-2
    Michael plays drums and contributes backing vocals alongside Mark Boston on bass on this great blues album that also includes a cover of ‘Sure Nuff N Yes I Do’. The album was produced by Michael at his Synaxis Sound studio in Tallahassee.
  • 2006 US CD The Way I Am on Blue Storm Records
    Michael produced and engineered this album at Synaxis, as well as playing drums and percussion, and contributing backing vocals

Rhonda Hanson

  • 2004 US CD Friend of God on Synaxis Sound Recordings
    Rhonda Hanson is a gritty-voiced singer songwriter writing material based on her Christian faith. Michael produced and engineered this album at Synaxis, as well as playing drums and percussion, and contributing backing vocals.
  • 1996 US CD Words and Music on War Machine
    Michael plays drums and percussion

Coconut Groove Band

  • 1999 US CD Between New York & New Orleans on CGB Records
    Michael engineered this album, as well as playing drums and percussion, and contributing backing vocals.

Bill Crews

  • 1998 US CD Along the Rio on Sky King Records
    Michael produced and engineered this album, as well as playing drums and percussion, and contributing backing vocals.

Ray Hughes

  • 1991 US CD Home Run on Selah Records
    Michael plays drums and percussion

The Forester Sisters

  • 1990 US CD Come Hold Me on Warner Bros Records
    Michael plays drums and percussion

Leon Everette

  • 1986 US CD Still in the Picture on Orlando Records
    Michael plays drums and percussion and contributes backing vocals

Wendell Adkins

  • 1984 Swedish CD Travler on Mill Records
    Michael plays drums and percussion and contributes backing vocals

Fabian

  • 1978 US LP Wonder Woman on 20th Century Records
    Yes, that’s Fabian the 60s teen idol! Michael was the musical director and sang as well as playing drums and percussion on this alternative version of the theme from the Wonder Woman TV show

Duck

  • 1975 US LP Duck on Doppler Records
    A a progressive heavy keyboard band. The album was recorded in Atlanta, Georgia. This was the band that also featured Mark Boston at one time.

Myth

  • 1971 US LP Myth on RCA Records
    Myth was a straight ahead rock band based in Tallahassee Florida. The album was recorded at Woodland Studios in Nashville Tennessee. Michael wrote some of the material, sang and played drums and percussion.

Purple Passion

  • 1969 US 7″ It’s Our Land on Vevour Records
  • 1969 US 7″ Sunshine In Your Hand on Vevour Records
    Another pretty straight ahead rock band based in Bristol, Florida. They recorded in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael wrote the music, sang and played the drums and percussion

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