ABOUT

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MIKE 'THE DRIFTER' FLANIGIN

Mike 'The Drifter' Flanigin is a Texas blues musician, originally from Denton, he has lived in Austin for the last 25 years.   In 1990 he toured as a guitarist with The Red Devils, behind their Warner Brothers release King King.  Upon returning to Texas, he moved to Austin to join the Antone's Nightclub house band, backing up many of the original blues legends.  It was there that he made a career-defining switch from guitar to Hammond B3 organ.  Traveling to New York City to learn first-hand from legendary jazz organist Big John Patton, it was also during this period that he spent time with the great organ masters: Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff and Jimmy McGriff.  

He is known as the 'go to' Hammond organist for Lone Star guitar legends Jimmie Vaughan & Billy Gibbons.  He has also performed with Steve Miller, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Willie Nelson, Gary Clark Jr., Doyle Bramhall II, Charlie Sexton and many others.  His 2015 solo effort, The Drifter, is regarded as one of the defining Texas music albums of the era.