Big Mike Griffin

Decades: 1990s


Lawton, Oklahoma, USA. Griffin, who stands 6 feet 10 inches tall and weighs over 350 lbs, certainly lives up to his moniker. He played guitar from an early age but was only converted to the blues as a teenager when he heard the music of artists such as Mike Bloomfield, Muddy Waters and Jimmy Reed on national radio. After finishing college he began performing on the local blues circuit as well as running his own music store. He relocated to Nashville in 1986 to concentrate on establishing a career in music, although initially he was forced to pay his dues as an in-demand session player. After forming the Unknown Blues Band, Griffin signed a recording contract with the Malaco Records subsidiary Waldoxy. The success of the 1992 debut, … Back On The Streets Again, prompted the band to embark on a national tour. Griffin’s electrifying stage presence, allied to his scorching slide guitar work and slyly humorous songs, helped make the band a popular live...

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