“A swordsman with the guitar and a charming songwriter.”
— William Prince, singer-songwriter, Juno Award Winner
Mike Kerr is a wild flatpicker and ambitious country songwriter of Canadian heritage and American citizenship. During his time at Berklee College of Music in Boston and in over 10 years of performing, he's lived his life through many historical and contemporary musical styles. Always curious to dig up not only a song's history, but the shape of the world at the time, Mike plays passionately and openly while interpreting the great guitar players of the past. A Danny Gatton lick or Django Reinhardt tune is never far from his fingertips.
"Mike is an incredibly engaging performer - present with the audience and entertaining as hell! He is truly a master guitar player - whether solo or in a band context, his playing is astonishing." - Matthew Smith, Managing Director, Club Passim (Cambridge, MA)
Born in Michigan and raised in Ontario, Quebec and Virginia, it's hard to pinpoint exactly where Mike is from. He hangs his hat at any given time in Halifax, Nashville, Toronto, or in whichever touring vehicle he's calling home.
In Halifax, Mike fronts The Franklin Brewery Boys, a bluegrass and hot swing ensemble nominated as Halifax's "Best Country Band" in The Coast in 2017. He has appeared on award winning albums by Nova Scotia's Ryan Cook, Thomas Stajcer, and Willie Stratton. Mike has performed at such NS festivals as Deep Roots Music Festival, Full Circle, Folk Harbour Festival, and In the Dead of Winter. In 2018 Mike was nominated by Music Nova Scotia as Musician of the year,
In Nashville, Mike performs originals and covers at local venues, while moonlighting on the road as a bass player for local stoner rock / metal band Howling Giant.
In Toronto, at venues such as The Cameron House and The Local, and across North America, he can be found playing original country music or lending his guitar skills to Canadian folk singers such as Corin Raymond, Dana Sipos, Campbell Woods, and more. Around Ontario Mike has toured with William Prince, and most recently Irish Mythen.
What the songwriters are saying:
"I love the timelessness of Mike's tunes. You feel like you are listening to a classic country hit when country was at its finest. Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming!"
- Dana Sipos
"The first time I heard Mike Kerr play, it took me back to when I was first learning guitar and everything was new again. He floored me with his effortless, yet, razor-sharp playing. It shook up everything I thought I knew and has made me strive to be better ever since. I've started practicing my fingerpicking again because of Mike. Humble, charming and impossible to tire of, his playing and songwriting draw from multiple eras that will surely leave you impressed. You can tell in the first 30 seconds that he has an unbridled passion for guitar playing. A true gentleman." - William Prince
"Classic and simple and full of melancholy delivered with a grin. Danny Gatton meets Hank Snow. What more do you need?"
- Campbell Woods