Mike Davis is a professional "head in the cloud" artist and peace-seeker as well as singer, songwriter and guitarist for The Laughing Buddha Episodes. He grew up on the mean streets of rural Norwich, NY, living a rough existence eating cheese doodles and practicing guitar scales. Drawn to the music he loved, he moved around the east coast for years playing in bands. While living in Rhode Island, his band "expandid" recorded the first collection of Mike's original material. Tracks like "Alright by Me", "Pangea" and "Don't You" became fan favorites. But after the drummer left the band, Mike decided to move back home to upstate NY. Fast forward to the end of 2007 after another promising original band "Plainman Brown" had parted ways, in his parent's basement, the concept for what would become his debut solo album, "The Shape Under..."came to him.
"I knew there was something deeper I wasn't getting to in my songs...I wanted to make a tribute to God and all of creation." While experimenting in his basement with an out of tune piano he had inherited from his Grandmother, the first track, "Tree of a Million Branches" came to be. For the next 7 years, however, Mike struggled between the urge to play music and the urge to be free of ego and to follow a spiritual path. Mike would go through periods of not playing music at all, opting instead to spend days meditating. No matter how peaceful or - if you have ever tried meditating before - rambunctious Mike became, the album kept peaking through the silence. He would inevitably return to his Taylor guitar, "Truth", and music: the heart-magnet. After many phases and moves along the east coast, the album's final metamorphosis took place at Good Flow Productions in Asheville, NC. "The Shape Under..." was released in July 2015 in upstate NY.
It was while living in Asheville with "Plainman Brown" bassist, Anthony Dorion, that Mike was first hit with the idea for the Laughing Buddha Episodes. One night sleeping at Anthony's studio, like most nights, Mike watched Satsang with Mooji (his guru) before bed. It was an episode called "The Laughing Buddha" where after a short discussion with Mooji, the spiritual seeker realized the sublime, simple truth of who he is and burst into uncontrollable laughter. The mind-less giggles quickly spread over the 200 plus folks in attendance until the place was a madhouse. At the studio, Mike laughed 'til he cried, knowing deeply his connection to the whole universe. So, touched by, and in homage to the great spirit that lives in all of us, the Laughing Buddha Episodes were born.
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Mike also enjoys long walks on short beaches an d prefers the Beatles to the Rolling Stones, but will be damned if he doesn't get teary eyed at "Angie".