Daves, Michael


  • From Atlanta, Georgia. Lives in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Pronounced DAVE’S (not Davis or Davies).
  • Grew up in a musical family with bluegrass and country roots. Also studied music at Hampshire College (Western Massachusetts) and played there with a number of jazz, rock and Americana groups. His primary instrument is guitar.
  • 2002, formed an old-time string band called Underbelly, opening for Bob Dylan in ’03.
  • 2003, moved to Brooklyn, New York and began playing with several bluegrass bands including his own group The Bluegrass Mob.
  • He is a music teacher (private lessons) and also has a recording studio. He performs weekly at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall as a solo artist and also hosts a monthly bluegrass jam there.
  • 2007, released a solo project, Live at the Rockwood (no label).
  • 2011, recorded an album of duets with Chris Thile called Sleep With One Eye Open (Nonesuch Records).
  • 2013, formed a duo with fiddler Brittany Haas.
  • Has performed with Steve Martin, Tony Trischka, Rosanne Cash, Bruce Molsky, Sara Jarosz, many others.
  • 2016, released Orchids and Violence album (Nonesuch), a two-CD set featuring the same songs on each CD, but performed in two different styles: bluegrass and alternative-rock.