When master fiddler Vassar Clements heard Mike Dowling play guitar back in 1975 he did the sensible thing. He hired him. Mike was the guitarist in Vassar's first touring band and thirty years later Clements still called him, "One of the finest guitar players there is, anywhere."
Before embarking on a solo performance and teaching career, Mike also worked and recorded with music legends Jethro Burns and Joe Venuti, and wrote songs recorded by the Del McCoury Band, Nashville Bluegrass Band and Tim O'Brien, among others.
He's been a frequent guest on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion and shares a Grammy with ten of the country's finest contemporary guitarists for their work on a Henry Mancini tribute CD called "Pink Guitar". Mike has recorded ten albums of critically acclaimed roots-based music on his Wind River Guitar label. David Chamberlain, host of "Sagebrush Boogie", WRFG FM, Atlanta called his latest CD, Tracks, "One of the best recordings I have ever heard".
Mike teaches at music camps and workshops throughout the world in addition to sessions at his unique residency school for private master instruction in northwestern Wyoming where he makes his home.