Mike Hammar has been playing the blues up and down the state of California for the past 25 years. This Oklahoma born Native American was brought up on the blues by his father Mike Hammar, Sr. who introduced him to the music of Lightin’ Hopkins, Gatemouth Brown, T-Bone Walker, and BB King.
After years of being a sideman, Mike set out to create his own legacy. He put together a hard working blues band in 2001 and swore he would do his best to write, record, and perform his own style of blues. Mike Hammar and his band, The Nails, released their first album “Going Home” in the summer of 2004. Their album has received airplay on American Roots Music Radio in Norway, England, Germany, Belgium, Canada, and on the college radio circuit here in the United States. Their newest album “Recipe for the Blues” was released in June 2010. This sophomore effort presents 12 eclectic blues tunes written and produced by Mike Hammar. Mike and his crew have had the honor of opening for some of the biggest names in modern blues. They continue to make their mark on the California blues scene with well crafted original music and heart felt performances. Mike’s band consists of “Harmonica Jim” Pedersen, Sparky Gehres on the bass, Greg Merino on drums, and Allan “B3blues” Carroll on the Hammond organ. This unique blues crew offers a refreshing new feel to a traditional American genre of music. Influenced by many blues styles, their sound is eclectic, enthusiastic, and energetic. Hammar’s vocals are grinding, lifting, creative, and pitch-perfect, and his guitar riffs are world class.