Mike Mitchell – Uncommon Man

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Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell Releases Uncommon Man From His Fathers and Sons Album

Mike Mitchell has unveiled a deeply emotional musical collaboration in his new video and focus track called Uncommon Man.

This special project features the reigning International Bluegrass Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year, Greg Blake, adding his distinct voice to the mix. Uncommon Man is a heartfelt tribute perfect for Father’s Day. The video below was filmed in Mike Mitchell’s hometown by Beehive Productions.

Uncommon ManUncommon Man was written by Mike Mitchell and Dawn Kenney, and a standout track from Michell’s Fathers & Sons album released on Turnberry Records. He shares a heartfelt story about the song’s creation below:

One late night in 2020 at the SPBGMA convention, Jenny and I stayed with Dawn Kenney at The Hit House in East Nashville. We were chatting (definitely not gossiping) about the music industry and catching up on friends. The conversation turned to Greg Blake’s career, both past and present. Greg is one of those guys who chose to prioritize raising a family over pursuing a performance career.

Greg’s story, much like my own, is truly inspiring in this business filled with broken homes and isolated musicians. Feeling it deserved a ballad, I woke up the next morning with the first line of the chorus in my head. Dawn and I spent countless hours crafting the rest of the song; we consider it some of our best work. I’m incredibly excited to have Greg singing harmony with me on this track – Mike Mitchell.

It was never a question to me, where to put my love and my loyalties. My family was and is everything to me and I wouldn’t trade those years at home, with them, for the world. The fact that I am now able to follow my other passion in life, and enjoy travel, with amazing musicians who are also good friends is proof that God’s plan for my life was always in place – Greg Blake.

Uncommon Man began making waves on bluegrass charts in April. The Fathers & Sons album spent 11 months on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 15 Album Chart, with 8 months in the top 10, peaking at #5. Other chart songs from the album include Making Hay, which spent 13 months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 chart, with 8 months in the top 10, peaking at #4.  Love of the Mountains spent 11 months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 song chart, with 8 months in the top 10, peaking at #7.

About Mike Mitchell:

Mike Mitchell is a singer, songwriter, fiddler, and band leader based in Floyd, Virginia. His contributions extend beyond his own music, as he is the Director of the IBMA Songwriter Mentor Program and a proud member of the IBMA Leadership Bluegrass, Class of 2024. For more information, please visit mikemitchellmusic.com.

With his effortless vocals, distinctive songwriting, and instrumental prowess, Mike continues to capture audiences and carve out his own place in bluegrass. Mike Mitchell is a singer/songwriter and fiddler in the contemporary bluegrass style. He is most influenced by 70’s J.D Crowe and The New South, Tony Rice, and Sam Bush.

Mike has been a player all of his days, starting Suzuki violin lessons at the age of four. Through violin studies, a short stint in music school at Youngstown State, and playing in folk and rock bands through the ’90’s, Mike took a serious dive into bluegrass music around 2005 and has never looked back. He is fortunate to record and perform with some of the world’s finest and most accomplished musicians. Having cut records with the likes of Mark Schatz, Wyatt Rice, Sammy Shelor, Jarrod Walker and Jesse Brock, Mike knows how high the bar is set in top-level Bluegrass music, and strives to make it on every cut and at every show!

Mike and his amazingly talented band are playing festivals and theaters in the U.S., Canada, Ireland and the U.K. this year to promote the Fathers & Sons album.

When not on the road Mike can be found at home, in rural Floyd County, Virginia where he and his family run the Floyd Music School.


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