"I find myself a man at peace, with a knowledge of self and of place which makes me the songwriter and musician I am today.

Whether it is my own composition, or an old tune played on the Mitchell Family fiddle, or singing my heart out for the audience, my words and music come from the journey, singing of the destination.

I look forward to sharing it with you."
“I find myself a man at peace, with a knowledge of self and of place which makes me the songwriter and musician I am today. Whether it is my own composition, or an old tune played on the Mitchell Family fiddle, or singing my heart out for the audience, my words and music come from the journey, singing of the destination. I look forward to sharing it with you.”

 

Mike’s fiddle has been in Mitchell hands since at least 1890, when his
great-great grandfather, DJ, carved his name in the one-piece back.
Mike learned his music from the voice of his mother,
the sound of her piano, and the harmony of Sunday hymns….
it was the most natural thing in the world
for him to take up “Grandpap’s” instrument.

A wild and unruly boy, Mike would not finish his classical training
with Maria Reidstra, or his music major at university. 
Instead, he found his own voice with the DeadHeads,
the Jam Band scene, and the pre-Americana music of the last century.

As a young man, Mike moved back to the land and found his home
on the Blue Ridge Mountains.
It was natural that the Old-time and Bluegrass music of the Virginia Hills spoke to him, calling him to learn the secrets, the origin of the ancient tones, and the history of those who invented it.
This was his journey–of place and belonging, family and heritage,
but most of all, music—
the river that would continually cross his path again and again,
demanding to be heard, played, understood, and shared.

 

 

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

Lessonface “Teacher of the Year”, December 2017

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2 Comments

  1. Sarah L Spainhour
    August 17, 2018 @ 5:12 am

    I just wanted to say that I grew up listening to your album “High and Lively”. I was born and raised in Fayette county, WV. About 15 minuted from high and Lively street in fayetteville. Music has always been a part of my life and influences me even more when it seems to echo from the mountains I was raised in. My parents went to see your show you had there at the Whitewater rafting lodge. You were sitting on a stump signing autographs and my mom tripped and fell into your lap 😂. I just had to share that. I live in Florida now so nolstalgia hits me hard sometimes. When I want to go home, I just pop in high and Lively, some John prine, or some Flatt and scruggs. I’m a self taught guitarist and it’s music like yours that inspires me to continue to try to better myself. In more ways than one. Thank you for your time, and keep up the good work!

  2. Mike Mitchell
    September 17, 2018 @ 7:32 am

    Hi Sarah–Thank you for sharing that great memory and the fact that you like my music! We always enjoy hearing that! The teacher part of me loves to hear that you are inspired to keep working on guitar! We will be in FL with our bluegrass/folk band in 2019, if not before. If you listen to Spotify, please add me to your playlists. Thanks, again!

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