Chicago is the place to be for someone who loves the blues. For musicians like Mike Darak, the blues scene in Chicago is a proving ground of sorts, a place to prove yourself to a very discerning crowd. While Mike has played the local clubs, his musical tastes are not just limited to the blues. In 2003, Mike independently released the debut CD Nineteen Ten. The CD was well received and established Mike as a singer/songwriter worthy of attention. The material showcased Mike's various musical influences and featured his expressive guitar playing. Songs from the album were played not only in the U.S, but as far as Australia. Eager to follow up Nineteen Ten, Mike has just finished up studio work on the tracks for Ashland. Featuring eight original songs, Ashland displays continued artistic growth and ventures into some new musical territories. The journey continues......stay tuned.