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Mike Hounshell started playing bass guitar professionally
at 15. After five days of practicing with the band, the
other members of his first band invited some guys from one
of the other local bands in the area to evaluate his playing.
The drummer/vocalist from the other band happened to be none
other than a young undiscovered Steve Whiteman, who went on
to became the lead singer of the legendary band "Kix".
After that Hounshell began constantly playing clubs and concerts
in cover bands along the east coast.
During his senior year in high school He was selected
for the Maryland 1978 All-State Chorus. He graduated
from high school with the "Outstanding Music Student
Award" and an accompanying music scholarship($25).
Houshell passed the vocal audition and attended
Frostburg State University where he majored in music.
There he played bass in the jazz ensemble, trombone in
the marching band, and performed in many vocal
ensembles. He engineered and was an artist on both
student talent association albums, "Beleive It", and
In 1981 He released a solo album, "Sometime,
Somewhere". The single he put out was featured in the
regular rotation on some FM radio stations. The album
received generous airplay. Since the digital age, it
has been made available for download in a bit torrent
on many web sites by fans of the record. The vinyl
album is now a rare collectible.
In 1984 Hounshell's band "Ten Below" made it to the
final's of "DC101's Battle of the Bands" playing
at the Sylvan Theater, in front of the Washington
Monument in front of a estimated crowd of 20 thousand people.
In 1984 Hounshell had been interviewed on a TV show called
"The Green Room" (Channel 56 WNVC) and was asked during the
interview to record a theme for the show.
Mike and his band opened for Henry Lee Summer- CBS Records,
and played regularly at the Bayou in Washington, DC.
Hounshell also received three Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest
In 1991 Mike joined a progressive rock band "Cathedral"
(a registered U.S. Trademark 1991). This band is not to
be confused with the Death Metal band from the U.K. by
the same name. Cathedral entered a song in Musician
Magazine's 4th "Best Unsigned Band Contest" and
made it to the finals and listed in the magazine for
being in the top 100 best unsigned bands.
The band opened for "Dream Theater" at the
Bayou and was booked by "Cellar Door Productions"
around the DC area. Later that year they signed a
recording contract with Kinesis, a progressive rock
label. Their first CD, "Kingdom of Ends" was the first
original CD the Kinesis label released. It was
well received in the progressive rock world. In Jerry Lucky's book
"The Progressive Rock Files", he called Cathedral
"Pioneers of neo-progressive rock".
After Cathedral released their second CD, "There in the
Shadows" on Kinesis in 1993, the band split up. The nationally
syndicated "Don and Mike" WJFK 106.7, Fairfax, VAb used the intro or
one of the bands songs from "There in The Shadows" in the show's daily intro.
In 1997 Hounshell recorded bass during a session at Sountrax
with Roger Fisher, legendary guitarist of the band "Heart".
Mike engineered and produced the doom epic "Review Your
Choices" CD with Joe Hasslevander and Bobby Leibling of
Pentagram in 1999.