With a Chicago blues resume that stretches back thirty-two years, Mike Wheeler began his career playing guitar behind Muddy Waters’ keyboard man Lovie Lee Watson. Wheeler also spent time in the bands of “Big Time” Sarah Streeter, Sam Cockrell & The Groove, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, and Peaches Staten.
He has recorded with Cockrell, Big Ray and Chicago’s Most Wanted, Cadillac Dave, and Peaches Staten. Perhaps most notably, before going on his own, Wheeler was the axe man for several years touring with powerhouse trombone funkster Big James and his Chicago Playboys, and appeared on five of their recordings.
In 2012 Delmark Records brought him into the studio to record Self Made Man, which featured his smooth soul vocals and string squeezing on a set of all original songs. His follow-up Delmark effort, Turn Up!! was released in 2016.