Mike's first electric guitar
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The Voodoo Blues Revue 1984
Club Flamingo and The TV show Nightshift Mike Good & Mike Littlejohn.
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Mike (L.J.) Littlejohn
Bass Guitar, Vocals
Lifelong Auburn resident Mike Littlejohn is the newest member of Choice. Mike found his musical home with the guys when he joined the band in February 2008. Mike has played different musical styles over the years, but joining Choice has allowed him the opportunity to reunite with lifelong friends and continue the rock and roll tradition that Choice is known for.
Mike started playing guitar at age eight and remembers that feeling of excitement, getting his first electric guitar for Christmas 1970. His first band The Accents directed by his neighbor Julie Western, played together for six years, entertaining audiences at local functions that included churches, recitals, civic meetings, and Christmas parties. At age fifteen Mike discovered the bass guitar and along with other local musicians played every weekend jam session they could find. It was also during this time that Mike alongside drummer Mike Good played for DeKalb High School’s show group Conglomeration. Group director Jim Markiton and Mike Good were both members of the popular band Choice, and it was during this time that Mike met fellow Choice band members Dan Cory, Dan Guinn, and Mike Penland. After graduation and during his first year of college Mike found himself longing for further musical challenges. He auditioned and was hired by American Entertainment Productions in Columbus Ohio. For the next two and a half years he traveled across the United States playing fairs, festivals, amusement parks, and corporate shows, with the Vegas style show group, Sunshine Express. Mike found himself opening shows for many country music stars and comedians including Barbara Mandrell, The Statler Brothers, and Alan King. The group then embarked on a venture with Home Lines, a cruise ship company in New York City. Mike began playing two shows a week on The Atlantic and The Oceanic for two to six week stints between New York, Bermuda and The Bahamas. Upon returning home in 1983 Mike started writing and recording demos with Choice band member Dan Cory, in hopes of moving to Nashville as a songwriter/musician. Also during this time Mike again found himself alongside drummer Mike Good backing up the Club Flamingo jazz and show group featuring Kent and Shelley Johnson, Brian Remke, and Pam Smith. The Voodoo Blues Revue as they were known would later be hired by the popular television show Nightshift. In 1984 Mike left the show and took a year off. In 1985 he began playing the Ft. Wayne club circuit with the band At Large, playing a mixture of country and classic rock. In 1988 Mike joined the country group Roughshod and embarked on a journey would last 16 years. During this time the group recorded two albums “The Year of the Dinosaur” and “Lonelytown”. Over the years Roughshod opened shows for Alabama, The Judds, Lonestar, and Trace Adkins to name a few. In 1993 the group showcased in Nashville and was approached by producer Bruce Bouton to record a two song CD for record label consideration. The CD was released in 1994 and the two songs “Johnny’s Got a Pistol” and “If We Knew Then” became regional hits for the band through radio airplay. 1994 was also the year that an idea was shared between Mike and Dan Cory that Choice and Roughshod should play a show together. The sellout “New Years Rockin’Country Eve show was born. Over the years the two groups shared the stage together for many shows until Roughshod’s breakup in 2007. Mike has been married for 36 years to his wife Deb and still resides in Auburn. Their son Josh and his wife Meg along with grandson Ari live in Indianapolis, Indiana and is a video producer/director for Tupelo Raycom. Mike’s hobbies include street rodding with his buddies Dan Cory and Mike Good, and spending time with his grandson.