MiZ is a soulful, Rock-Americana artist from Northeast, Pennsylvania who is known as an acoustic and electric guitar virtuoso. His sound is directly impacted by his roots and his music evokes the rustic tones and imagery you would expect from the region's cultural heritage. The singer / songwriter / guitarist Mike Mizwinski gives name to the band and his solo work and it is his heart and soul -- poured into the words and his guitar-- that drives it all forward.
MiZ has opened for America, The Wallflowers, Derek Trucks Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Blues Traveler, Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, Leon Russell, Railroad Earth, and many more. Mike has played over 450 shows since 2010 spanning from Berlin Germany -Northern Canada - Los Angeles - Austin, Texas - New York City and everywhere in between. He has played onstage with artists such as America, Umphrey's McGee, Donna Jean Godchaux, members of moe., Particle, String Cheese Incident, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Mark Karan, Marco Benevento, + more.
Recent Summer proved to be one of the most rewarding times in the artist's career as MiZ was invited to play the Allman Brother's - Peach Festival, and the Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport CT, amongst many others. Mike is now endorsing Framus / Warwick guitars and won the Tri-State Indie "Acoustic Artist of the Year" award two years in a row- 2011 & 2012.
MiZ "Pinegrove Stomp" Live @ The Peach Music Festival
Miz Covers "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes"
"This stuff is great. I love it. It moves you emotionally, mentally. It grabs you. It's music that's undeniable."
Dion (DiMucci) Rock n Roll Hall of Famer and multi-platinum artist
"I’m definitely dazzled by MiZ's new CD, East Hope Avenue, please believe me. This is some strong stuff.."
Dennis McNally (Grateful Dead Publicist/Historian)
"Fresh, exciting new music from a man named MiZ---worth checking out!"
Gene Shay WXPN Radio Host / Co-Founder Philadelphia Folk Fest
"He has a fine voice, the arrangements are tight, varied, and take unexpected turns every now and then. Good musicianship all the way around! Looking at the credits I took notice of the instruments played: pedal steel, baritone mandolin, upright bass, fiddle, fender rhodes, cello, to name a few. An eclectic mix. It speaks highly of the musicianship required to bring them into a good light. Musicians love music. Seems obvious, but often it's not. These folks can really play, write, and interact in ways that point to a deep appreciation and understanding of a musical landscape in which they were brought up and inspired by. It's the tradition of sharing your voice, influences, and having something to say, while maintaining your originality. The evidence is all there in their music. I say, well done!"
Bill Payne of Little Feat regarding MiZ's first studio effort East Hope Avenue