Award-winning, Wikipedia listed artist/engineer/producer 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
During his senior year in high school He was selected for the Maryland
All-State Chorus. He graduated from high school with the "Outstanding
Music Student Award" and an accompanying music scholarship ($25).
While attending Frostburg State University Mike majored in music. He
played bass in the jazz ensemble, trombone in the marching band, and
performed in many vocal ensembles. Hounshell engineered and was an artist on
both student talent association albums, "Believe It", and "Plateau".
Hounshell released a solo album, "Sometime, Somewhere" in 1981.
The single "So Right"/"Krazie Kind of Love" 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. A copy was sold for $354 in
an online auction on a rare vinyl website.
In 1982 Hounshell and former "Skywalker" band mates, Chris Ogden
and Terry "Turk" Horner" formed "Ten Below" with drummer Tony
Rogers. The band played live and recorded many originals.
Ten Below sent a few of their songs to a local rock station,
WQZK in Keyser, WV, and was placed on the regular rotation
with their song "Straight to the Point". The band also released a
single "Jealous Boy".
Ten Below made it to the final's of "DC101's Battle
of the Bands". Out of hundreds of entries they were selected to compete
in one of four of the semi final competitions at the Bayou (long gone
now) in DC. They won their semi final round. They then went on to the
finals to compete with 3 other bands at the Sylvan Theater in front of
the Washington Monument in front of a crowd of 20 thousand people.
Ten Below came in fourth in the contest out of over 250 original
Later in the 80's Mike opened for national acts (Henry Lee Summer CBS Records),
and international acts at the Bayou in DC and doing studio work for
other bands. He also received three Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contests
In 1991 He 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". Cathedral made it
to the finals and had their band name 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 ever released.
It was well received in the progressive rock world.
Cathedral released their second CD, "There in the Shadows" on Kinesis in 1993.
WJFK's "Don and Mike Show"
included a spoken intro of a track from the band's
CD in their pre-show "Cavalcade". The "Cavalcade" was a series of movie excerpts
edited together that ran before the show started for the DC area listeners only.
A few of the band members formed a group called "Hip Omelette" that recorded
and gigged around DC, Maryland, and Virginia until 1995.
In 1997 Hounshell recorded bass during a session at Sountrax with Roger
Fisher, legendary guitarist of the band Heart.at his studio Sountrax, in VA.
Mike engineered and produced the doom epic CD "Review Your Choices" with
Joe Hasslevander and Bobby Leibling of Pentagram in 1999.
Cathedral released a remastered version of their first CD. "Kingdom of
Ends 2012 Remaster" was released commercially in July of 2012.
In 2012 Hounshell joined the band "Ad Infinitum". Hounshell is recording
bass with Todd Braverman and Ad Infinitum for the new "Ad Infinitum 2" CD.
In 2013 Hounshell released a four song EP on iTunes titled "Sometime
Sometime, Somewhere III, a full length Album is set to be released in 2016.
Mike and former Cathedral band mate, Mark Copney, are recording and
performing live as Mike Hounshell & The Indignities.