Mick Kolassa is a
lifelong musician and hardcore blues fan who, in addition to being
an active blues artist, also am head of Endless Blues Records. I
live in Memphis but was born in Michigan and lived in Mississippi
for nearly 30 years, where I was given the nickname “Michissippi
My love of the blues began when I was a teenager and with my music I
share that love with the world. Rather than staying within a single
genre of blues, I love and celebrate all styles of blues, so I call
my style “Free Range Blues”. Whether it is a Delta Blues song from
the 1930s, Piedmont Blues, Chicago Blues, Memphis style Soul Blues,
slick city blues or cool country blues, I love and play them all. I
also love to find the blues hidden in songs of other genres,
“bluesifying” songs and doing what I call “uncovers”.
I have played my blues in solo and duo acoustic formats and with
bands at clubs, theaters and festivals throughout the US and Europe.
THE BLUES FOUNDATION
BluesFoundation-logo-pick-hori-2The Blues Foundation is
Memphis-based, but world-renown as THE organization dedicated to
preserving our blues music history, celebrating recording and
performance excellence, supporting blues education and ensuring the
future of this uniquely American art form.
The Blues Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that works
to support the blues and the blues community in many ways. The
Foundation holds several regular events to celebrate the blues and
recognize excellence in blues through the Blues Music Awards, the
International Blues Challenge, Keeping the Blues Alive Awards and
the annual induction of individuals and their works into the Blues
Hall of Fame. The Blues Foundation also provides or sponsors
programs on blues education, including Blues in the Schools and
Generation Blues, and in health care for blues artists through Sound
Healthcare and the HART Fund.
All Proceeds from my albums will go to support two of these
important programs: The HART Fund and Generation Blues.
THE HART FUND (Handy Artists Relief Trust) is for Blues musicians
and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health
concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive
medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses. MORE
GENERATION BLUES provides scholarship to artists under the age of 21
to study at reputable camps, seminars and workshop programs such as
Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, Augusta Heritage Center and
Fernando Jones’ Columbia College Blues Camp. MORE INFO on Mick's