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Mike Mitchell — Singer, Songwriter, Fiddler
With his effortless vocals, distinctive songwriting, and instrumental prowess, Mike continues to capture audiences and carve out his own place in bluegrass.
Mike Mitchell is a singer/songwriter and fiddler in the contemporary bluegrass style. He is most influenced by 70’s J.D Crowe and The New South, Tony Rice, and Sam Bush.
As a recording artist, Mike has released 3 bluegrass albums, the second of which, “Small Town” debuted on Billboard at # 2.
His latest project, “Fathers & Sons” has enjoyed three Top-10 singles. The current one, “Love Of The Mountains” is on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass chart at #7 while the album itself is in its seventh month on the same chart, at #6!
“We bring a high energy show full of Chart-Topping bluegrass and fiddle tunes. Tim White, from the Song Of The Mountains television show calls us "Original Music with a Traditional Flavor"
“As a nationally recognized teacher of Bluegrass music, I enjoy leading workshops that leave everyone happy with their improved playing. I also head the IBMA Songwriters Mentorship Program and always enjoy making songwriting workshops fun and inspirational for folks.”
“The band loves to jam and make friends, wherever we go!”
Mike has been a player all of his days, starting Suzuki violin lessons at the age of four. Through violin studies, a short stint in music school at Youngstown State, and playing in folk and rock bands through the ’90’s, Mike took a serious dive into bluegrass music around 2005 and has never looked back. He is fortunate to record and perform with some of the world’s finest and most accomplished musicians. Having cut records with the likes of Mark Schatz, Wyatt Rice, Sammy Shelor, Jarrod Walker and Jesse Brock, Mike knows how high the bar is set in top-level Bluegrass music, and strives to make it on every cut and at every show!
Mike and his amazingly talented band are playing festivals and theaters in the U.S and the U.K this year to promote the Fathers & Sons album.
When not on the road Mike can be found at home, in rural Floyd County, Virginia where he and his family run the Floyd Music School.
”Mitchell’s command of the instrument is evident and his tone is righteous. Mitchell is a talented fiddler…
he sings smoothly in a contemporary styleand his fiddling is just right.”
—Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine
”Original music with traditional flavor.”
—Tim White (host of Song of the Mountains Live!)
”Mike Mitchell is a musician, an instructor, a teacher, a singer, a songwriter, a storyteller, and a music dad. Mike’s work is very professional, and covers all aspects of this project. Working with him is a distinct pleasure. I hope the people at Turnberry Records realize what they have.” —TheBluegrassJamboree.com
”Mitchell’s unfettered affection for bluegrass has always been apparent. As as a singer, fiddler, viola player, and instructor, his dedication to making music has been evident with each of his four albums, but it’s especially now, courtesy of this vibrant new offering from Turnberry Records, Fathers and Sons.” —BluegrassToday.com
”I first encountered Mike Mitchell in 2018 when we had a last minute cancellation and I called on Mike. He agreed to drop what he was doing and come on a couple of days notice and perform with the Mike Mitchell Trio. To my surprise, he arrived with a 5 piece band and proceeded to give it all he had and it showed.
Fast forward to 2023. Mike took up right where he left off and put on one of the best shows of our festival over 2 days, including a Sunday morning gospel set. The Mike Mitchell band has become a Podunk favorite and will be welcomed back in the future.” —Rich James, Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival
”The Mike Mitchell Band played an amazing House Concert in our Barn on Friday August 11, 2023. Mike is an incredibly entertaining front man and his bandmates were just terrific. They performed an excellent mix of original and cover songs and our audience simply loved them. To top it all off they are all really nice folks.“
—Daniel Woody Weist, The Bluegrass Barn, Leesport, PA