Mike Elliott is a freelance writer and contributor to a variety of publications. He grew up with music all around and learned to love it all, regardless of genre. His dad turned him on to the soul of Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin as well as the funk of James Brown; while his mom exposed him to Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. He developed a deep love of country music from his grandmother and hard rock from his uncle. When he was 13 he first heard Robert Johnson and from there to a deep dive into blues. He started in radio as a disc jockey at 16 and spent close to 30 years in the business as Program Director, Operations Manager, and Creative Director for a variety of stations. Mike is also a proud father, husband, and cat person.