Musical History - Mike Hounshell
Mike started playing bass guitar professionally at age
15 in 1975. After five days of playing bass and
practicing with a cover band, the guys in his first
band invited two guys from one of the other bands in
the area to evaluate his playing. So that night the
guitar player and drummer from the other band showed up
at his parent's house. The drummer happened to be none
other than a young undiscovered Steve Whiteman, who
became the lead singer of the legendary band "Kix".
They said Hounshell played too many wrong notes. He
went on to play that gig and many many more.
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
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
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 several Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contests
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
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".
Hounshell finished the year in the number 2 chart
position for Alternative music on the ReverbNation U.S.