Mike Lawson has recorded and/or performed shows alongside a diverse group of musicians, members of Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna, The Tubes, Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac, Jerry Garcia Band,, plus Vassar Clements, Will Kimbrough, Robb Wasserman, even the eclectic Eugene Chadbourne,. His '98 album, Vol 1. Ticket to Fly (Sumertone Records) featured mentor Merl Saunders, Jorma Kaukonen, Bob Welch, Joe Louis Walker, Dennis Robbins and others.

In 2019, he released two commemorative 20th anniversary of his recordings: Beatles' “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road? feat. Vince Welnick; and “Mystery Train” feat. Vassar Clements on fiddle, recorded at Nashville's RCA Studio B. His writing demos from previous decades were released on Mike Lawson & Friends Vol 2. - Some Songs in the Key of Poe,” and Vol 3. - Outtakes and Oddities, both released in 2019 in his "tabula rasa" purge.

Mike released six singles as "digital 45s" on April 10, 15, 20, in 2020.then the album, "Evidence Concerning Apparitions" released in May. Over 30 musicians contributed from around the world.

He served 10 years on the board of governors for San Francisco's chapter of The Recording Academy, holding leadership offices, served as a national trustee for the Grammy Awards, on the Awards and Nominations Committee and Finance Committee, and has been a

He also served six years on the board of directors for the Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards (TEC Foundation/TEC Awards) until folded into the NAMM Foundation.

Mike Lawson is also a journalist, author and publisher of music technology training and education publications for musicians and educators. He published over 200 titles for MixBooks, artistpro, Thomson Learning/Cengage, Thomas Nelson, Hal Leonard, and Alfred Music. Acquisitions include works by Quincy Jones, Ken Scott, Bobby Owsinski, and the ears behind Steely Dan, Roger Nichols. He wrote “Teach Yourself GarageBand” and compiled/edited “The Roger Nichols Recording Method.”

Since 2011, he is executive director of the Technology in Music Education (TI:ME). He is editor-in-chief of School Band & Orchestra and Choral Director magazines.

Lawson lives outside Nashville, TN. An active songwriter/musician, he has commissioned over 70 sessions on airgigs.com, performs over 40 shows a year on his own and in tribute to Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia at clubs/festivals with "Hooteroll?"