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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, Eugene Chadbourne, bassist Robb Wasserman 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.

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. Mike Lawson & Friends Vol 2. - Some Songs in the Key of Poe,” and Vol 3. - Outtakes and Oddities, were both released in 2019. He is in production now for his 2020 "& Friends" release entitled "Evidence of Apparitions."

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 and served 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-in-chief 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 clubs/festivals with Hooteroll?”