“West Coast Singer-Songwriter Kevin Mitchell
Mellow Side Arts Lounge & Cafe - March 4th
The Mellow Side Arts Lounge & Cafe provided the perfect atmosphere for Kevin Mitchell’s music.
Kevin started the show laying down some funky syncopated rhythms on his acoustic guitar. He kept the energy up for the whole first set.
The highlight of the show was when he played his mandolin. Mixing traditional phrases with his original improvisational style, a flurry of notes where projected throughout the room, displaying a mastery of the instrument.
His lyrics are evocative and express an innocence that is suited to his vocal style.
“Dylan is alive and well and living on Denman Island. At least, Kevin Mitchell with his new CD, All The Way sure sounds like Dylan. And I’m talking the old Dylan – playing acoustic guitar and singing about real stuff.
There are more than enough Dylanesque tunes on this CD to make it a ton of fun. Mitchell has that classic voice, nasal, drawling and singing just a little off key. But it works. And he’s assembled some great players – most notably Riki Gee playing fiddle.
I loved Morning Light. Great fiddle playing. Same Old Train, got a dead ringer opening for While My Guitar Gently Weeps and doesn’t really need it cause the song is great on its own. Still Running has a good old timey feel.
The very last song is actually a poem he found in the basement of an old house. Kathyrine Barbara – possibly written for the passing of a child. Mitchell builds a lovely acoustic guitar melody around the words, but I found myself wishing he had left it instrumental and let me find my”
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“Just finished listening to Hipbone CD, nice work all around!
Loved the variety, recording sounds crisp while letting the deep end come through.
Loved the mandolin Kevin, melts me.
Vocals are strong. message is clear, harp is sharp and punchy, the guitar... groovy and strident. Couldn't finish doin the dish, kept dancin around the kitchen. I love Michelle's vocals- would love to hear even more
Lyrics are sparse and enriching when they need to be, honestly deep and penetrating other times.
My favourite dance piece: Allah.
Great groove...an anthem man, dance to that for hours.
My favourite song overall: Think Too Much.
Brilliant piece, everything works here, a drifting groove, clean Kevin vocals, Michelle at her haunting best. Love it.