Existential Banjo


Episode 1
Little Pink America
with Corky Siegel &
Sons of the Never Wrong

Episode 2
People Get Ready
with Sue Demel, vocals

Episode 3
MTA (Poor Ol' Charlie)
with Tony Trischka

Episode 4
Suite for Americas:  Dorian
with Nora Barton, cello

Episode 5
Midnight Rider
with Darol Anger. violin

Episode 6
Vincent Black Lightning
@ Chicago City Winery

Episode 7
Hasna ya Layla
with Aziz Samaoui, ngoni

Episode 8
Opus 821
with Geraldo de Oliveira

Episode 9
Gaudete & Sleepers Awake
with David Jennings, vibes

Episode 10
Corrina, Corrina
with Aziz Samaoui, ngoni 

Episode 11
with Erkan Ogur
(Concert in Istanbul)

Episode 12
Last Thing On My Mind
with Tom Paxton, songwriter

New Releases

A-sides CD

Fingerstyle guitar with Darol Anger on violin 


Two New Hal Leonard books



To Play on the Banjo 
(co-written with Greg Cahill)


About Michael J. Miles



When Pete Seeger first heard Michael Miles, he sent a letter to Michael saying that "in all my 70 years this is among the most beautiful recordings I’ve ever is enough to make me want to learn the banjo all over again.”

Michael Miles is one of America’s most inventive clawhammer banjo players. Add guitar, vocals, jazz instruments, orchestras and complex historically-themed theatrical presentations to the mix and, two decades later, Michael has a critically acclaimed catalog of original compositions, stage performances, music CD’s and music instruction books.

Michael's performance credits include the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, Ravinia Festival, Harris Theatre in Chicago, American University in Beirut, Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival in Ireland, MIAM Graduate Conservatory of Music in Istanbul,  and the Royal Opera Theatre in Marrakesh.






 WAY DOWN THE ROAD is Michael's newest work written  with renowned playwright, Robert Myers. 

The year is 1933. In this one-man show, Michael becomes Billy Campbell, a Chicago musician & bartender (with an ear for poetry) who’s driving a mobster’s cadillac down Route 66 from Chicago to LA. 

America is bursting at the seams as it rises from the Depression and the Dust Bowl with bigger hopes, louder laughter, better music and more outrage .

Hop in the front seat and ride down 2500 miles of Route 66—with an eye for what’s out there, and an ear for a good song.

"The Mother Road" is what Steinbeck called this main street of America, complete with Sunday morning cordial charm and Saturday evening back-street hustle.    


•Stories of the road... 

Songs with banjo & guitar including CC Rider, Lady Be Good, Ain't Misbehavin', Stealin', Pennies From Heaven, Soldier's Joy, Dream A Little Dream of Me, Sunny Side of the Street, Night and Day and others.

Rear screen projection of  breathtaking images from 1933. 

Quotes from FDR, Groucho Marx, Will Rogers, Mark Twain, Wallace Stevens, Georgia O'Keefe, Al Capone, Vachel Lindsay, Langston Hughes, and many characters.














Mural by Diego Rivera