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Mike Doussan, a New Orleans native, started playing guitar at the age 8 and made his way into the New Orleans club scenes in 2004 at the age of 24. With guitar in hand he walked into different clubs with the intent of playing a couple of tunes with whomever was on stage. He then became a regular at The Apple Barrel playing blues with Mike Hood and the Frenchmen St. Delegation, at Banks St. Bar playing funk with New Orleans Juice, and anywhere Eric Lindell was taking stage with his blue-eyed soul ensemble. It wasn’t long before he fronted his own band, Westbank Mike and the Fisher Project. Rooted in New Orleans funk and blues, the Fisher Project would go on to win Best Blues Band at the 2006 Sonny Boy Blues Society’s “Battle of the Bands.”
Muse in the Kitchen, Doussan’s first album was recorded at Word Of Mouth Studios in historic Algiers Point in 2005. The last note being recorded just two days before Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. Luckily, the music was saved and the album was released in 2006.
Doussan then recorded Sin or Salvation at the Living Room Studio on the New Orleans West Bank. Each track draws on varying influences of rock, funk, country, but all comes together to be an unmistakingly New Orleans sound. Five weeks before its release in March 2014 the Doussan family experienced a tragedy that fundamentally changed Mike’s perspective. His brother, Brett Doussan, died by suicide. The song “Spend the Night” was co-written by Mike and Brett along with Dave Jordan and the late Jamie Galloway.
Since his brother’s death Doussan has been working in advocacy and fundraising for both suicide prevention and mental health awareness. His mother, Lisa, along with friends and family, started up a non-profit as well called the Brett Thomas Doussan Foundation.
In August 2017, Mike Doussan teamed up with Roxy Bergeron of CSB Roxy Music and Bassist/Producer Charlie Wooton to record a collection of all new original songs that were recorded in Music Shed Studios in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans. Grammy-winning engineer Eric Heigle (Arcade Fire, Lost Bayou Ramblers) was then brought in to mix the record along with Grammy-nominated engineer Pete Lyman (Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, John Prine) for the final task of mastering at Infrasonic Sound out of Nashville.
1. Tell me a little more.
My music is a result of different influences from New Orleans blues and funk to rock, country, and reggae. I play solo shows, with my band, with trios – a little bit of everything.
I love playing with a full band on stage because of the excitement. But solo and duo shows are more intimate where you can tell a story and make a connection with the crowd.
2. How long have you been playing professionally?
3. How do people find you online?
4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
Everything I write comes out as country. The songs take on a whole new life with the band. If I was a solo/acoustic artist everything would be a folk/country mix.
5. Lagniappe Info.
I just released a new album called “Yesterday’s Troubles.”
On June 15th we will have a show at Peaches Records with a full band. Starts at 1pm.
Also, on June 15th, there will be a more intimate show at Buffa’s starting at 9pm.
Check out Mike’s social media on where to find him next!