Mick Hayes Band

Mick Hayes Band
Mick Hayes
Background information
Birth name Michael Thomas Hayes
Also known as Mick Hayes, Michael Thomas Hayes, ‘Rev. Mick Hayes’
Born 17 June 1978 (1978-06-17) (age 33)
Buffalo, New York
Genres Rock, blues, soul, R&B, acoustic
Occupations Musician, guitarist, singer, song-writer, producer, actor, artist
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1995–present
Website mickhayesband.com
Notable instruments
Fender Telecaster, Gibson Les Paul, Songhurst

Mick Hayes (born June 17, 1978) is an American blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, producer from Buffalo, New York.[1] Mick is an original artist and Buffalo legend at his young age in the blues, R&B, rock, soul and acoustic music scene all over Western New York and the United States. Mick currently resides in Buffalo, NY where he is playing music and exposing the up-and-coming generation to what he says “real music” should be.[2]



Mick began his career at age 7, when he was given his first guitar by his parents who were both accomplished musicians in their own right. Largely self-taught by accompanying his family's diverse record collection, Mick developed a love for the blues and began crafting his unique style. He took some but few lessons from some local Buffalo musicians including Dave Constantino and Doug Yeomans who's relationship with Mick has grown into friendship over the years.[1] In 2003, Mick started placing amongst the top musicians largely in Buffalo but placing in competitions all over the United States.[3] Every year since then, Mick has won multiple awards and continues to do so. In 2010, he was accepted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Achievements as himself and also The Mick Hayes Band. Mick currently resides in Buffalo playing all over Western New York along with some touring outside of Buffalo throughout the year. Mick has recorded multiple albums and is currently in the process of recording a new album that will be titled Recovery, set to release in November 2011.[1][2]


Mick has played all over the United States and has also toured in Canada. His most popular spots included Buffalo, NY, Rochester, NY, New York, NY, Nashville, TN, and the state of Georgia.[1] He has been the opening act for some huge names including: Dave Mason, Robin Trower, Peter Frampton, The Doobie Brothers, Cheap Trick, Smokin Joe Kubek, Michael Burkes, Nigel Mack, Los Lonely Boys, Hill Country Review, Survivor and many more.[4] Mick not only plays electric guitar, but he also plays acoustic and slide guitar. Mick is endorsed by 'The Rock Slide' (WA), Amalfitano pickups (TX), and Songhurst Guitars (WA). Mick is currently endorsing Fuchs Audio Technology and plays an 'Overdrive Supreme" amplifier.

Mick Hayes, 2010


Mick truly has his own sound but growing up in a house with music on all the time, he was influenced by many artists. These artists include Jimmie Vaughan, Robin Trower, Otis Redding, Prince, Elmore James, Jimi Hendrix, and Billy Gibbons.[1]


Mick Hayes is a musician that has cycled through a lot of different guitars but some of his solid playing guitars now include a Fender Telecaster, a truly unique "Songhurst Guitar"- named "The Mick Hayes Model", and a Paul Reed Smith SE-One.[1] His newest guitars are a Gibson Les Paul Gold Top from 1976 and a 1971 Fender Telecaster.

In 2009, development began on the ‘Mick Hayes Model’ Songhurst Guitars (Spokane, WA).[5] The national guitar manufacturer, Danny Songhurst, endorsed Mick after he first heard Mick's music. Mick's music inspired Danny to create a guitar in Mick's honor. Mick has played the 'self titled' guitar all over the country, captivating listeners ears with his powerful, driving tone and compelling guitar playing. Mick Hayes also caught the eye of Amalfitano Pickups (Keller, TX) who were "hypnotized" by his technique.[1]

Mick Hayes with 'Mick Hayes Model' Songhurst Guitar

Media appearances


  • Appeared on NPR 88.7 WBFO Blues show with Anita West (multiple times) [6]
  • 91.3 with Greg Burke
  • WHLZ 1270 AM
  • Classic Country Show on WHUG 101.9

Recorded multiple radio ‘jingles’-

Shield Security Systems, Buffalo Roadhouse Grill, Cellino Plumbing, Vincents Heating and Cooling, Falk& Falk, Niagara Region Bingo, Batavia Downs, Pacillo Fitness Gear, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Premier Group.[7]

Television appearances:

Other media:

  • Buffalo at Home.com
  • Buffalo News “Spotlite”
  • Buffalo News Life and Arts section
  • Nitelife Magazine

Published writer for:

  • couldB

In the works: Mick is currently recording a new album at Audio Magic Studios that will be titled Recovery and is slated to release in November 2011. Some musicians included on this album are Jerry Livingston playing bass and upright, Ken Kaufmann on piano and arrangements, Carl 'Flute' Johnson on drums and percussion, Bobby Jones on the Hammond organ and Jeff Jarvis on the Fluglehorn.[8] Mick is also very involved in his local church and has played at the well known event titled "Kingdom Bound" which has been going on for 25 years. At Kingdom Bound, Mick played aside with 'The Blues Councel' and the well known guitar player Will McFarlan.

Rev. Mick Hayes


Mick has been apart of many other recoding artists albums including a Nationally published CD that had Mick's popular song "Witchdoctor" on it, but Mick's own albums include- [9]

  • Segue: 2003
  • MHB Live: 2005
  • Mick Hayes Band: 2008
  • Recovery: June 2011
  • Mick Hayes Band Live: Summer 2012

Awards and honors

Year Award / recognition
  • Western New York Peoples Choice Awards- Best Blues Guitarist [7]
  • Western New York Peoples Choice Awards- Top Blues Guitarist, Top Blues Male Vocalist, Top Blues Band. Western New York Blues Society. King Biscuit James [7]
  • Conyers Georgia- Best Blues Act, USA International Blues Challenge in Memphis- placed 10th.[2][7]
  • Buffalo Music Awards- Top Blues Guitarist, Top Blues Male Vocalist, Top Blues Cross-over Blues Band [7]
  • Buffalo Music Awards- Top Blues Guitarist, Top Blues Male Vocalist, Top Blues Cross-over Blues Band [7][10]
  • Buffalo Music Awards- Top Blues Guitarist, Top Cross-over Blues Band [7]
  • Inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Achievements twice- as Mick Hayes as an Individual artist and the Mick Hayes Band. Western New Yorks People Choice Awards- Top Blues Guitarist, Best Cross-over Blues Band [7][11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Intro". Mick Hayes Band. http://www.mickhayesband.com. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  2. ^ a b c // posted by Best of WNY @ 12:15 AM. "Buffalo NY Best of WNY Band, Music and Entertainment Event News: The Tralf Music Hall Presents". Bestofwny.blogspot.com. http://bestofwny.blogspot.com/2009/12/tralf-music-hall-presents.html. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  3. ^ Buffalo Rising (2009-12-28). "The Buffalo Shuffle Starts Tonight at the Tralf Music Hall". Buffalo Rising. http://www.buffalorising.com/2009/12/the-buffalo-shuffle-starts-tonight-at-the-tralf-music-hall.html. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Mick Hayes Band | Hamburg, NY | Blues / Rock / R&B | Music, Lyrics, Songs, and Videos". ReverbNation. 2009-06-06. http://www.reverbnation.com/mickhayesband. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  5. ^ "Songhurst Guitars". Songhurst Guitars. http://songhurstguitars.com/. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  6. ^ "WBFO: Wednesday Night Concert with the Mick Hayes Band (2009-05-11)". Publicbroadcasting.net. 2009-05-11. http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wbfo/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1504220/Wednesday.Night.Concerts/Wednesday.Night.Concert.with.the.Mick.Hayes.Band. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Mick Hayes". Buffalomusicawards.com. 2010-11-23. http://www.buffalomusicawards.com/bands/mickHayes.html. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  8. ^ "Mick Hayes". ESI Artists. http://www.esiartists.com/mick_hayes/index.html. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  9. ^ "Sam Buscarino Management & Productions - Mick Hayes". Sbmproductions.com. http://sbmproductions.com/mickhayes.cfm. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  10. ^ LKPro.com Inc.. "NightLife Buffal Music Awards on". Bestofwny.com. http://www.bestofwny.com/awards/. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  11. ^ "The Mick Hayes Band Live at the Buffalo Music Awards '10 | Artvoice TV". Video.artvoice.com. http://video.artvoice.com/artvoicetv.php?permalink=0000001296. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 

External links

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