Hammond is a Walla Walla resident, musician, business owner,
and promoter who grew up in the small Idaho town of Culdesac.
After purchasing Melody Muffler and moving to Walla Walla,
Mike's interest in automobiles led him to become a successful
stock car racer.
Music was Mike's first artistic passion as an adult. His
earliest music-related project was in the production of
an album by Chris Anderson's band Fat Dogs Bark and two
by Dave Joseph's blues-rock band Iguana Hat. These were
recorded and produced in Mike's B Street Studio.
Mike is also a prolific musician himself, and has played
in several bands over the years. His current band, the Dawg-on
Cool Katz, consists of JoAnn Morhland, Phil Lynch, and Mike Campanelli, and plays country, rock, rock-a-billy and blues.
began making muffler art to help draw attention to his business.
To Mike's surprise, more people have noticed his art than
just the customers of Melody Muffler.
The subjects of Mike's art range from whimsical garden
pieces whose subject matter is obvious to those which are
more dramatic and abstract.
Mike's work appeals to people of all ages. Some of Mike's
greatest rewards are the smiles and the looks of awe from
people checking out his creations for the first time. One
of his most popular pieces is the "Art Car", a
visual feast on wheels with a mind-boggling paint job, which
he enjoys driving around town for the entertainment of all.
On most days Mike can be found helping his son Tyson, the
new manager at Melody Muffler.