"Playing acoustic guitar and singing about real stuff." The songs that Kevin Mitchell plays and sings have the feel of a far off Woody Guthrie era, mixed with a contemporary roots vibe." Prairie born and raised( Regina), Kevin Mitchell has been on the west coast for 25 years. In the vein of Alt Country Roots, Folk and Blues, his songs are honest and engaging and performed with a unique style that plays like the band. Strong rhythms and uniquely original lyrics combine for a refreshing original sound. Recently he has stepped out onto the recording and performing scene making him what some may call an 'emerging artist"....And he has only just begun to explore his potential as a professional recording and performing musician. His songs conjure up vivid imagery and timely metaphors that speak to the social and cultural issues that face the planet at this critical time. His songs tell stories about people, places, and things extracted from his native prairie roots, to his life now living on a Gulf Island on BCs' west coast.
A prolific songwriter, he has just released( April 2019) his 6th full length CD, Turn Around , with producer/musician Marc Atkinson(The Bills) on Hornby Island. It also features the trumpet of Daniel Lapp, John Ellis on Lap Steel and Vocals by Kim June Johnson. Last year he released an instrumental album called Pieces ( 2018) . His album, In A Perfect World (2017), produced by Corwin Fox at Hidden Well Studio. The title track was named Vancouver Island Music Awards 'Song Of The Year . His 2015 release, Home In The Sky, also recorded and co produced by Corwin Fox, and featuring some great players from the Comox Valley, including Doug Cox on dobro, Archie Pateman on bass, and Michell Keir on harmony vocals, earned him a nomination in Vancouver Island Music Awards for album of the year. Previous recordings include Bliss (2013) and All The Way (2006), co produced with Doug Biggs.
He is currently in the studio again working on his next album.
For the last few years Kevin has been primarily touring in Saskatchewan and BC. Performing at festivals( Vancouver Island Musicfest, Ness Creek,) house concerts, and folk music venues both in the prairies and in the Vancouver Island region. He also has been known to saddle up with his Dad,( Prairie poet and author Ken Mitchell) and the Mitchell Boys, playing backdrop to cowboy poetry. With yet another album due out in the spring of 2019 with producer Marc Atkinson, Kevin Mitchell is fast becoming a new voice in the Canadian folk scene.
"He performs country/roots music that is organic in all the best traditions of folk and has a groove that gels with the very best roots rock. His music bears the influences of Bob Dylan, Leon Redbone, Waylon Jennings and other greats, yet is thoroughly original and masterfully played on guitar and mandolin. His songs bear the stamp of country and folk's plain and simple views of life. " Crow &Wolf Music
"Kevin Mitchell hosts an audience to an evening of songs that inspire reflection and laughter, all with a splash of Dylan's twang, Leon Redbone's warmth and acoustic fingerpicking that dares one to close their eyes and hear the band coming out his playing style." The Mellow Side Arts Lounge, Duncan
"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. ” Guy Langlois - cosmic Debris
"Kevin played for us at The Grotto and I have to say he played with such dynamics and energy that I feel he is one of the best performers we've had here. I'm looking forward to his next gig."- Marc Duncan, Union St Grotto,Courtenay, BC