Mike lives and works in one of our country’s richest musical areas,
Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains,
where he is the founder and director of Floyd Music School,
located in the old Pix Theater building
where Bill and Charlie Monroe performed
and Kenny Baker signed to the record label, County Records.
Mike is fortunate to perform, record, and teach alongside some
of the country’s very best players and educators.
Mike’s “Dead Center” album debuted in May at #1 spot on
Airplay Direct downloads chart and continues to chart in top 40.
Mike’s current album, “Small Town” is in production
and will be released in February 2018,
at Folk Alliance in Kansas City.
Produced by Mark Schatz, it features Mike on fiddle and vocals,
Mark Schatz on bass, Jarrod Walker
(of Claire Lynch Band on mandolin and guitar),
and both Sammy Shelor and Tommy Morse on banjo.
Mike is at home on the Bluegrass/Americana stage
and the singer/songwriter venues.
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.
“Mitchell’s command of the instrument is evident and his tone is righteous”
– Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine
“Mike Mitchell is another one of those multi-talented, self-produced artists who’s a pure joy to uncover…”
– Bluegrass Now Magazine
“Mitchell is a smooth and talented fiddler and also sings smoothly in a contemporary style. His ‘Jerusalem Ridge’ is more ethereal than hard-edged, more laidback than ominous. ‘Music In Our Souls’ is about the life of a musician. ‘Eat My Dust’ is a more ethereal piece, and Mitchell’s fiddling is just right.”
– Bluegrass Unlimited
“Mike and students are unbelievably talented! Reliable and professional, through the booking process and all the way throughout the event. You guys really are top notch!”
–Jason Gallimore, Chantilly Farm Bluegrass and BBQ Festival
“Floyd Music School brings a unique offering to FloydFest in our Children’s Universe, allowing kids of all ages to explore their musical talents through improvisation and collaboration to make music from scratch. Mike & Jen Mitchell have brought the Magical Musical Tour to FloydFest for the past three years, and we can’t imagine the children’s area without their involvement.”
–Kellee Barbour, CPO, FloydFest
Western Conservatory of Music, London, Ontario
Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, OH
National touring artist (Mike Mitchell Band and The Recipe)
Encrypted Records, Flat5, and Mountain Fever recording artist
Founder and Director of Floyd Music School, est. 2005
Honored at The White House by President Obama for achievements in Heritage Music Instruction
Listed as a “teacher of note” within 27 counties in SWVA by
Virginia’s The Crooked Road organization