Mike Estes-Lead guitar, Lead vocals Mike’s band, Helen Highwater (named by Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins) had played just about every club and had opened for almost every national Southern rock and Outlaw country band throughout the Southeast and Midwest for ten years. While in high school, Mike became friends with the guys in the Rossington Collins Band (founded by Skynyrd plane crash survivors) who had decided to do the Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Tour in 1987, bringing Helen Highwater on to open some shows for them. In 1992 Mike began going on the road with Skynyrd to write songs for an upcoming album, and signed a publishing deal with Skynyrd guitarist Ed King’s company I Can’t Read Music. He had been writing for six months when he was asked to join the band as guitarist. Mike spent the next three years touring, writing and recording with his favorite band, appearing on the ’94 Capricorn release “Endangered Species” 1995’s live recording, “Southern Knights” and the “100 Minutes with Lynyrd Skynyrd” video. After moving to Tennessee in 1995, Mike co wrote a song with Johnny VanZant and Gary Rossington for Sony Music’s “Hotter Than Asphalt” CD called “White Knuckle Ride” that broke the Billboard charts.
In 2006 the song was used in a CMT original movie called “True Grit: The Junior Johnson Story” as well as in the video

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