Remaining true to his traditional roots, Mitch Barrett's original work has created a contemporary understanding that reaches beyond his Appalachian heritage to the music that today is being called Americana. Believing that everyone has a story that needs to be told, Mitch's songwriting speaks of his own story and the stories of people that have passed through his life.
He is a resourceful and fascinating storyteller of Appalachian tales. Ears perk up and eyes widen when he begins his diverse mix of myth, tall tales and folklore. His storytelling resonates with humor and poignancy. His show can be filled with Jack tales, tunes on the dulcimer and guitar and a lot of great reflection about his life and the traditions of the mountains.
Mitch's songwriting talent has won him many of the country's most prestigious awards, including the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition, twice awarded; the Kerrville New Folk competition; first place at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colo. (out of more than 900 entries); and in 2009 he won the 2009 Telluride Troubadour Competition, selected at the 36th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival.