Mike Mitchell Band
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Mike Mitchell Band

Floyd, Virginia, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | INDIE | AFM

Floyd, Virginia, United States | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Americana Bluegrass

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Nov
02
Mike Mitchell Band @ Pearl Bluegrass Show

Gatesville, Texas, United States

Gatesville, Texas, United States

Sep
28
Mike Mitchell Band @ IBMA Showcase

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

Sep
25
Mike Mitchell Band @ IBMA Showcase

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

Music

Press


"-Carl Goldstein,"

“I absolutely LOVE it. You know, there really haven’t been very many really good voices doing that kind of folk stuff
in bluegrass for a long time…” - Delaware Valley Festival, WVUD, Newark, DE


"~Kevin Slick,"

“I was so glad that all the folks I talked to afterwards had the same experience as I did the first time I heard Mike. After I heard the first song I thought “Wow, that’s a great song!”, then the next song “Wow, I like that better than the last one” and so on all night long.” - Colorado Bluegrass Society/Midwinter Bluegrass Festival


"–Karen Capell,"

“The Mike Mitchell Trio won over the Lucketts Bluegrass crowd
with their fresh take on traditional American music.
Whether performing original tunes, bluegrass classics, or fiddle tunes, they did so with joy and skilled musicianship.” - Lucketts Bluegrass


"– Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine"

“Mitchell’s command of the instrument is evident and his tone is righteous. Mitchell is a smooth and talented fiddler…
he sings smoothly in a contemporary style and
his fiddling is just right.” - Dead Center Album Review


"–Jason Gallimore,"

Mike ….. is unbelievably talented! Reliable and professional, through the booking process and
all the way throughout the event. You guys really are top notch​!” - Chantilly Farm Bluegrass and BBQ Festival


"~Mary Sue Scott,"

“Mike Mitchell played to a full house tonight at The Listening Room, and he captivated every single heart in the room. What a musician! What a performer! Mike is a renown bluegrass musician whose newest CD, “Small Town,” just debuted at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart, but tonight he played unplugged, returning to his folk and jam band roots and playing solo versions of old time and bluegrass favorites, as well as brilliant originals and a few covers. Mike’s wife, Jennifer Brooke, often performs with him and sang harmony this evening on a lovely number. Mike alternated between guitar and fiddle/violin solos, and his strong sweet
voice complemented both instruments.
Thank you, Mike, for such a fine evening of music!” - The Listening Room, Wytheville, VA


Discography

SMALL TOWN--debuted #2 on Bluegrass Billboard Chart , December 2018

Bluegrass Unlimited Review: Mike has assembled a fine team to complement his considerable talents. Award-winning bass player and producer Mark Schatz is here in both capacities. Tommy Morse (of the Mike Mitchell Trio) share banjo duties very well with Sammy Shelor. Jesse Smathers contributes great tenor harmonies. And the strong yet nimble mandolin picking of Jarrod Walker is an especially good fit for Mitchell’s material . . . what especially makes Small Town a listener destination is Mike Mitchell’s distinctive songwriting on eight of the album’s 12 tracks. 

produced by Mark Schatz, features Mike on fiddle, rhythm guitar, and vocals, Mark on bass, Sammy Shelor (banjo) and Jesse Smathers (tenor harmony), The Mike Mitchell Trio’s Tommy Morse on banjo – Claire Lynch on Mike’s original tune, “Jenny Lynne.“ Recorded at Blackwater Recording by Harold Thompson and Mastered at Bias Media


     Dead Center #1 on Airplay Direct May 2017–  top 40 albums of the year

Bluegrass Unlimited Review: Mitchell’s command of the fiddle is obvious and his tone is righteous. At times, his bowing is just different enough to cause a double take. The title cut, one of five originals, is a proclamation of what it is like to live in the middle of it all. It is humorous with a nice old-time bluegrass bounce to it. His “Homeplace” is a sentimental reflection on younger times. There are some standout cuts, like “Rachel” with a sweet triple fiddle treatment featuring Laurel Brooke and Buddy Pendleton playing along with Mitchell and the harmonic potatoes to kick off a nice version of “Limerock.”

produced and banjo-ed by Sammy Shelor, Wyatt Rice on guitar, Jacob Eller on bass, and Jeff Midkiff on mandolin. The CD also features Buddy Pendleton, an early Bill Monroe Fiddler
Recorded at Mountain Fever Studios and mixed/mastered at Blackwater Recording.

THIRTEEN HOURS 2012

…the title song, a ballad written in commemoration of the miners who died in Sago, WV in January 2006, is more than that. Among the finest songs I’ve heard in this very good year for roots music, it tears straight to the listener’s heart and soul from its first line, ‘I was a man…’ If that haunted melody sounds a little like something you’ve heard before, well, it’s at least an echo of the one that carries the Grateful Dead’s beloved ‘Ripple’. Nothing wrong with that. What matters is that Mitchell’s way of telling its profoundly sad yet ultimately affirming tale is utterly unforgettable.”           
                                                              – Jerome Clark, Rambles.net

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Bio

“Traditional and then some…” Mike Mitchell comes down from the blue Ridge Mountains, bringing powerful new songwriting with catchy hooks. “The songs have staying power, and hang with the listener for days…” 

Backed by Bluegrass veteran, Tommy Moss, on banjo and Jazz great, Tom Klingelhofer, on upright bass, Mike fronts this power trio with guitar, fiddle, and unforgettable voice. The Mosley Brothers, Jake&Joey, join the trio to make the powerful five piece, MMB

Mike’s “Dead Center’ album debuted in May, 2017 at #1 spot on Airplay direct downloads chart and continues to chart in their top 40.  

His current album, “Small Town” debuted at #2 on the Bluegrass Billboard chart in December 2018. Produced by Mark Schatz, it features 10 of Mike’s original tunes, with Schatz on bass, Jarrod Walker on Mandolin, Sammy Shelor and Tommy Moss on banjos, Claire Lynch and Jesse Smathers on harmony vocals.

Mike lives and works in one of our country’s richest musical areas, Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. He is fortunate to perform, record, and teach alongside some of the country’s very best players and educators. Equally at home on the Bluegrass stage and the singer/songwriter venues, Mike also performs Jazz and Classical violin. His critically acclaimed recordings and performances have earned him a respected name within the regional industry and a fan base of discriminating listeners throughout the U.S and Canada.

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