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What is Foxgloves

Gregory Rawlins and I started writing songs together in 2003 with two acoustic guitars and an old typewriter. Soon thereafter, we moved to Seattle and started a rock band called Sons of Guns. In the years since, we've been lucky enough to continue making music...

Where Do You Get Off

Inspiration and enrichment come from nature and people. From new entries of these. Inspiration and enrichment do not come from TV and work. Go outside and look and listen. Go to a bar and chat with the old guy wearing a t-shirt from a Norton Buffalo tribute show where...

Folk vs Rock

It's all rock and roll to me. My new solo project Dear Mr. Henshaw is off to a fun start; It was partly a way to declare that I'm doing something a little different than just Mike Surber with an acoustic guitar, and partly an excuse to come up with yet another project...

The Biggest Little Film Festival

Four years ago, my wonderfully talented filmmaker and an artist friend Ian Clark and I launched the first Eastern Oregon Film Festival in the upper room of a now defunct Alehouse in our home town of La Grande, Oregon. This year I have the pleasure of returning to La...

White Christmas Noise: A Mike Surber Christmas Album

I've been wanting to do this for a long time, but I never think about Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving, and by that time it's too late to make an album. Well, ,sat year I wised up and set a reminder on my phone for October to get my ass in the garage...

Milk Jugs of Gasoline

The merch table and the tip jar will forever be characters in the performance of a traveling band. You've heard us all before - subtly, humorously, and creatively reminding you that those few extra bucks in your pocket (I do take credit/debit now, btw) will go a long...