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Musical History - Mike Hounshell

Award winning, Wikipedia listed artist/engineer/producer

Mike Hounshell started playing bass guitar professionally

at 15. After five days of practicing with the band, the

other members of his first band invited some guys from one

of the other local bands in the area to evaluate his playing.

The drummer/vocalist from the other band happened to be none

other than a young undiscovered Steve Whiteman, who went on

to became the lead singer of the legendary band "Kix".

After that Hounshell began constantly playing clubs and concerts

in cover bands along the east coast.


During his senior year in high school He was selected

for the Maryland 1978 All-State Chorus. He graduated

from high school with the "Outstanding Music Student

Award" and an accompanying music scholarship($25).

Houshell passed the vocal audition and attended

Frostburg State University where he majored in music.

There he played bass in the jazz ensemble, trombone in

the marching band, and performed in many vocal

ensembles. He engineered and was an artist on both

student talent association albums, "Beleive It", and

"Plateu".


In 1981 He released a solo album, "Sometime,

Somewhere". The single he put out was featured in the

regular rotation on some FM radio stations. The album

received generous airplay. Since the digital age, it

has been made available for download in a bit torrent

on many web sites by fans of the record. The vinyl

album is now a rare collectible.


In 1984 Hounshell's band "Ten Below" made it to the

final's of "DC101's Battle of the Bands". Out of

hundreds of entries they were selected to compete in

one of four of the semi final competitions at the Bayou

(long gone now) in DC. they won their semi final

round. they then went on to the finals to compete with

3 other bands at the Sylvan Theater in front of the

Washington Monument in front of a crowd of 20 thousand

people.

Ten Below came in fourth in the contest out of over 250

original entries.

He spent the rest of the 1980's playing bass in various

bands and getting to open for some national acts (Henry

Lee Summer- CBS Records), and international acts at the

Bayou in DC and doing studio work for other bands. He

also received three Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest

awards.


In 1991 He joined a progressive rock band "Cathedral"(a

registered U.S. Trademark 1991). This band is not to

be confused with the Death Metal band from the U.K. by

the same name. Cathedral entered a song in Musician

Magazine's 4th "Best Unsigned Band Contest". Cathedral

made it to the finals and had their band name listed in

the magazine for being in the top 100 best unsigned

bands. Cathedral opened for "Dream Theater" at the

Bayou and was booked by "Cellar Door Productions"

around the DC area. Later that year they signed a

recording contract with Kinesis, a progressive rock

label. their first CD, "Kingdom of Ends" was the first

original CD the Kinesis label ever released. It was

well received in the progressive rock world. After

Cathedral released their second CD, "There in the

Shadows" on Kinesis in 1993, the band split up. A few

of the band members formed a group called "Hip

Omelette" that recorded and gigged around DC, Maryland,

and Virginia until 1995.


Hounshell recorded some original material by mainly

concentrated on producing and engineering other bands

material for the rest of 1990's. Ironically, Mike

ended up mixing a post "Kix" Steve Whiteman demo.

In 1997 Hounshell recorded bass during a session at

Sountrax with Roger Fisher, legendary guitarist of the

band Heart.

Mike engineered and produced the doom epic "Review Your

Choices" CD with Joe Hasslevander and Bobby Leibling of

Pentagram in 1999.


Cathedral released a remastered version of their first

CD. "Kingdom of Ends 2012 Remaster" was released

commercially in July of 2012.

In 2012 Hounshell joined the band "Ad Infinitum".

Hounshell is recording bass with Todd Braverman and Ad

Infinitum for the new "Ad Infinitum 2" CD.


In 2013 He began releasing some of his new solo

material in the online digital music stores. Hounshell

released an online EP "Sometime Somewhere 2".

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