Mike Benish wears many hats: school teacher, husband, father, son, brother and friend. He's not just a songwriter from Kansas. He writes songs about Kansas and about Kansans. His lyrics are filled with family, friends and home. These are stories about cowboys, farmers, kids, grandparents, children leaving home for the first time and lovers who manage to stay together through long years and hard times. This is the stuff of real life. His songs have won many awards including the 2010 and 2011 Winfield Walnut Valley Festival New Song Contest. .