Mike Ness was born in 1962 in Lynn, Massachusetts, but his family relocated to Orange County, California. By his teen years, Mike was in a little band you may know as Social Distortion! rock and roll.
Their music was ground breaking- challenging certain stereotypes set by the English brand of the genre. Mike brought a working class spirit to his songs, recognizing the outcast punks and exposing the effects of a complacent culture, reacted to society's actions and challenged the norm.
"I have a great affection for roots music. Old blues, country, folk, rockabilly, and primitive rock and roll in general. Without these roots, I wouldn't have perspective. I love the music and feel it is as relevant as 70's glitter and early punk. As a solo artist, I am able to cross the boundaries and integrate it all. I tried to bring these influences together and keep it honest." -Mike Ness
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Social Distortion's Mike Ness helped shape a sound that was at the core of the the developing music movement in Orange County. A sound that was loud, hard, fast and anti-social. Ness's solo work, Cheating At Solitaire and Under The Influences, incorporates the raw power and social relevance that has always marked his music, while embracing many of the defining styles in American rock and roll history.
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