It is with great sadness that we report that the Mike Johnson & The Little Big Band has retired their name, in honor of their long-time bassist Steve Switkin who passed away in late 2020. The band has reformed as Live Stream, and can be seen twice every week at The Trade Winds Tropical Lounge.
Mike Johnson & The Little Big Band consistently seem to leave a big wake in the waters of the music scene around St. Augustine, Florida. A hefty dose of southern rock, blues rock, alternative country, contemporary country, and rock and roll, this three-piece ensemble packs a heavy punch that draws an expansive audience demographic across the board. With a genuine southern upbringing, the trio is influenced heavily by prominent rock bands of the south including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, and The Marshall Tucker band. The trio has a vast spectrum of cover songs, playing everything from The Allman Brothers to the more contemporary Kenny Chesney. Needless to say, these boys have a firm grasp on their musical roots and bring a sense of reverence to the genres by which they've been so heavily influenced.
Lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist Mike Johnson carries the trio with his smoky and sultry vocal performances that include complicated melodic runs delved out with extreme precision and outward emotion. Drummer Billy Annin, influenced by rhythm sections of bands such as The Tubes, Toto, and Stevie Wonder, has built a reputation of being a skillful and accomplished double-bass pedal player in the music scene. New to the group, Al Kraken on vocals and bass, brings a gritty, blues sound to the mix — and a bit of fun to the stage. Front man Mike Johnson also writes and composes original songs for the band that are sprinkled into their live performances like little strands of pearls. Mike's original single, "Full Time Habit", is an alternative country gem, displaying his crafty songwriting capabilities and turning the spotlight on the ensemble's organic musical intuition and camaraderie.
We join with many who offer their condolences to the band for the loss of their former bassist, Steve Switkin, who passed away in 2020.