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Thursday Music: Mike Babyak

Mike Babyak began playing guitar in his early teens while growing up in the Allentown, Pa area. In the mid-70s, Mike enjoyed success with his first serious project, Gateway, a 5-piece band that covered bands such as Steely Dan and Yes.

He went on to study classical guitar at Muhlenberg College, winning several local performance competitions. He spent the next 11 years performing as a classical soloist and guest artist with small chamber and early music ensembles.

In the mid-90s, his interests turned back again to the electric guitar. Also at this time he began to study the lap steel more seriously.

Early in 2001, he founded the Triple Fret project, an improvisational blues, jazz, and world act with a rotating cast of musicians.

Mike cites his long time teacher and friend, Steve Kimock, as his most important and enduring musical influence. He also has studied with Durham jazz guitarist, Scott Sawyer. His influences are wide-ranging and include V.M. Bhatt, David Lindley, R. Prasanna, Diblo Dibala, and Ry Cooder.