“Mainly it’s dance music and party music,” he says of what he plays. “Imagine living through World War One or the Great Depression and feeling the urge to play ragtime piano in the face of all that. It’s kinda beautiful, and awesome, that people still insisted on having fun when and where they could.”
-Charleston City Paper, December 2016
Mindful of the past, Mike Collins Jr. forges his own brand of traditional folk music
“Folk music should evolve and stay relevant,” Collins offers.This ethos allows him to remain distinctive despite his loyalty to folk tradition. It’s not hard to see how Collins fits into a current generation of artists like Morgan O’Kane and Scott H. Biram, players who find fascinating ways to innovate and reinvigorate a style that still has little relevance in the 21st century.
-Columbia Free-Times, December 2014
“The Outdoor Protestant Blues Band – ‘Knee Deep In Dirt.’ Ragged but right, Mike Collins kicks and stomps and shouts and shrieks and howls, rooted deep in punk, Delta blues and Appalachian soul.”
– Free Times, Columbia SC, December 2012