Mitch grew up in the foothills of Appalachia outside Berea, KY He spent much of his childhood divided between his grandfathers' houses, one a fox hunter and tobacco farmer who plowed with mules and the other a musician and farmer, of sorts (he grew corn with which he made moonshine). In the course of learning both their trades, there was much time for stories, jokes, and especially music.
The Appalachian sensibilities of his youth permeate his performances, whether he's riveting a rapt concert audience or a group of students in one of his school performances.
Mitch's gift for spinning a tale is woven through his music, where he is apt to break into an improvised story in the middle of one of his songs. His award-winning songs, coupled with his unique rhythmic guitar style and smooth voice make him a true mountain troubador.
Mitch is available for festivals, concert series, libraries, parks, storytelling events, colleges, and school assemblies.
• Winner, 2009 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest, Colo.
• Winner, Rocky Mountain Festival Songwriting Contest, Colo.
• Winner, two-time Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, N.C.
• Winner, Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Competition, Texas