Mike Lawson has performed in concert or recorded with former members of Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna, The Tubes, Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac, Tower of Power, Jerry Garcia Band, Moby Grape, Country Joe and the Fish as well as Vassar Clements, Narada Michael Walden (Jeff Beck/Sting), Eugene Chadbourne, bassist Robb Wasserman (Lou Reed/RatDog) and others. His 1998 album, Vol 1. Ticket to Fly (Sumertone Records) featured performances by his mentor Merl Saunders, Jorma Kaukonen, Bob Welch, Joe Louis Walker, Dennis Robbins and other friends. His 2010 release under the name Von Johin (LocoBop Records) was a collection of alter-ego performed vintage blues recordings released in both stereo and mono editions.

In 2019, he released two singles to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the recordings, the Beatles classic “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road? featuring Vince Welnick on piano, and seminal R&B favorite “Mystery Train” featuring Vassar Clements on fiddle, recorded at RCA Studio B on Nashville’s Music Row. While finishing “Vol 2. Some Songs in the Key of Poe,” a new Mike Lawson & Friends album, his Vol 3. Outtakes and Oddities was released ahead of Vol. 2 in May 2019 with nine tracks of catalog rarity demos from his 30+ year career.

Mike Lawson is also a journalist, editor, author and publisher of music education and technology training publications for musicians and educators.

He published over 200 titles for MixBooks, artistpro, Thomson Learning/Cengage, Hal Leonard, and Alfred Music. His acquisitions include best-selling works by Quincy Jones, Ken Scott, Bobby Owsinski, and Roger Nichols. He is co-author of multiple tech titles, wrote “Teach Yourself GarageBand” and compiled/edited “The Roger Nichols Recording Method.”

He served the board of directors for the Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards (TEC Foundation) until its acquisition by the NAMM Foundation. Mike spent a decade on the board of governors for the San Francisco chapter of The Recording Academy, holding various leadership offices while serving as a national trustee for the Grammy Awards, working on their Awards and Nominations Committee and Finance Committee. Since 2011, he’s been executive director of the Technology in Music Education (TI:ME). He is editor of School Band & Orchestra and Choral Director magazines.

Lawson lives outside of Nashville, TN. He performs over 40 shows a year in tribute to Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia at shows/festivals with Hooteroll?”