Born in Grand Haven, Michigan in 1956, Michael Beans is a high-energy entertainer who cut his musical teeth on the port towns and islands of the Great Lakes. He was raised to the sound of jug band music and spent countless hours absorbing the magic that is found at spontaneous jam sessions with family and friends during hunting and fishing camps. With an ever-growing love for the old timer's stories, he grew especially fond of backwoods lore and the seafaring songs from the early days of sail.

Inspired by the music of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot and Donovan, he began writing his own songs in the mid-70's. In 1977 he began his musical career playing the nightclub and festival circuit throughout Michigan in the summer and touring the Florida Keys in the winter. In 1980 he recorded his first album "Driftin'" under the Pro Am label. For the next decade he continued to follow the north/south trail while expanding his horizons. In 1987, with four albums to his credit, he purchased his first boat, "Esperanza," and took his music to the Caribbean Sea. For the next thirteen years he lived aboard Esperanza, working between the United States and British Virgin Islands, during which time he recorded two more albums with his traveling bands "The Hornswagglers" and "The Seafarin' Turd Whirlers."