Artist info

Genre

Indie, Roots


Sounds like

Marlon Williams, Calexico, Neil Finn, Beck, Paul Kelly


Influences

Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Early Elvis, John Prine, Joni Mitchell, Serge Gainsbourg, B.B.King, Calexico, Charley Pride


Website

www.ben-mitchell.com/

Bio

Healesville based singer-songwriter, Ben Mitchell has written a few songs, recorded a bit and dragged his guitar around a few countries.

Mitchell’s newest recordings were made in a little country studio on the outskirts of Melbourne through an old analogue desk with a couple of fancy mics.

Acoustic based—with a bit of electric tremolo guitar (through Australian musical legend’s Ross Hannaford’s old amp), a tinkering of piano and spot of Mandolin—this roots n’ all production style captured Mitchell’s natural character, which harks back to country crooners and folk troubadours of old, and the blues players jumping trains from gig to gig; all of whom knew you’re only as good as your last song.

A few highlights include:

RADIO
- Each song on Chance To Love (2015) and Summer Lover (2016) received radio play across Australia including on 3RRR, 3PBS, RTR FM, 4ZZZ and more.
- Number 1 single on AMRAP Regional Charts
- International radio play in UK
- Featured artist for Play Vic Week 2015

LIVE
- Toured UK, Germany, France, Netherlands
- Blues Train, Queenscliff
- Marysville Jazz & Blues Festival
- Queenscliff Music Festival
- Apollo Bay Music Festival
- Salt River Sessions
- Spydafest (Alt-country festival)
- Toured east coast Australia and WA

MEDIA
- “Mitchell has a strong voice that adapts well to a number of styles, but it’s his song-writing skills that put him in a league above.” AMERICANA UK
 “A thoughtful songwriter with a gift for simple melodies and powerful emotion.” TIME OUT (UK)
- “My favourite local release at the moment” Stephen Walker, 3RRR.
- “A loving ode to this great country of ours. You can almost smell the surf.”  Myles O’Neill Shaw, 3PBS (of Summer Lover)
- “A powerful performer with bags of stage presence and memorable songs.”
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- “A late night gem.” THE MUSIC

@BenMitchellSong (Instagram, Twitter)

www.ben-mitchell.com www.facebook.com/BenMitchellSong

Review

Review by Veronica Milsom Veronica Milsom

07 Sep 2015

Triple J
30

Super laid back bluesy tune with some smooth raspy vocals.

PS. Thanks for sending me yr album - sorry it took me so long to get back to you :)

Super laid back bluesy tune with some smooth raspy vocals.

PS. Thanks for sending me yr album - sorry it took me so long to get back to you :)