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North Carolina

by Mike Mitchell

Fiddle, Pedal Steel and Rock n Roll Guitar Americana, Neil Young, Hank Williams, Lucinda Williams
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. One More Time
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2. You Don't Have Room for Me
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3. I'm On Your Side
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4. House Blues
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5. Don't Give Up On Me
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6. After the Damage Is Done
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7. Will to Love Again
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8. Pretty in the Sun
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9. In the Pearl
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10. Book of Broken Hearts
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Singer/songwriter Mike Mitchell's "North Carolina" features songs suited for fiddle/pedal steel as well as rock n roll guitar. The album was recorded at Duck-Kee studios in Mebane, North Carolina and displays the talents of many area musicians. Most of the album was recorded live with few overdubs. Mitchell currently lives in Nashville Tennessee where he plays several writer's night venues. "North Carolina" is about the songs and the great musicians who came together to play them.

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Gone Country Magazine

Labor of Love
When you start to dig through the many genres of music that are out there the singer/songwriter genre always seems to be one of the more exciting to me. They songwriter aspects of the genre see the artists taking risks that most mainstream artists would not causing the songs to take on a more Americana based feel at times when a country backbone is involved in the writing. This is the case with North Carolina, the new album from Mike Mitchell. His songs walk alongside many genre borders. He thrusts you into the album with "One More Time," which leans heavy on the more traditional side of country and could easily fit amongst artists like Vince Gill or George Jones. This same side to his music is shown a few times throughout the album as he gives the listeners on cuts like "I'm On Your Side, " "Don't Give Up On Me," and "In The Pearl," all which lean heavy on the pedal steel as the prominent instrument. When he shifts gears a bit and lays off the traditional country aspects it allows his vocals an lyrics to really come to the front of the song as he shows on cuts like "House Blues" and "After The Damage Is Done," which adds elements of folk and rock-n-roll mixed together with his country vibes giving him a late 60's/early 70's style. Though this is very left of the mainstream dial and seems to be more of a labor love for Mitchell, North Carolina is an ambitious project that puts the best his best qualities to the forefront at all of the perfect moments regardless of the style of song being presented at the time.
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Christian Lowensprung w/ The Consensus

Listening to "Pretty in the Sun"
gave a score of 7.62 / 10. Comments were:
Nice, mellow-out track about a girl who's pretty in the sun. Nice violin play in the background brings the mood, and good laid back vocals help the song along even further. Really nice. I have no complaints. Good record quality, nice structure, and in general just a very good song. Recommended listen.
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Dan McIntosh

North Carolina
Mike Mitchell’s North Carolina is both soft and sad. Rejected but resilient, it features the sound of a quiet man having his heart broken.
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Dan Macintosh

Gentle Country Sounds
Mike Mitchell
North Carolina


Album Title: North Carolina
Artist: Mike Mitchell
Reviewers Name: Dan MacIntosh
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Title of Review: Gentle Country Sounds


North Carolina is an apt title for Mike Mitchell’s new CD because its ten songs subtly reflect the quiet dignity of that Southern state. Much of this music resembles Neil Young’s more country moments, as there’s an abundance of pedal steel and fiddle, which gives everything a traditional country base of support. But it’s the vulnerability in Mitchell’s vocal style that reminds one most of Mr. Young.
Ironically, the liner notes to North Carolina advise listeners to play it loud. That’s a ‘Turn it up, dude!’ admonition more often associated with loud rock & roll, where cranked up electric guitars are more prominently in play. Yet Mitchell is such an unobtrusive sort of vocalist, and turning up the volume on his voice would be akin to listening to a whisper at full volume. That’s a strange proposition, indeed.
“Pretty in the Sun” is the track that stands out most from this overall solid collection. On it, the gentle Mitchell lusts over a woman who looks particularly hot in daylight. “She turns me on,” he sings bluntly. The song’s arrangement breaks from this release’s otherwise traditional country vibe, and displays something much more Eastern European in nature. The sound of it makes you imagine that Mitchell is chasing after some mysterious gypsy woman. And you fear for Mitchell because this is more than likely the sort of “lady” that will ultimately break his heart. She’s probably the feminine equivalent to an oasis in the desert – there one moment, gone the next. But maybe I’m reading too much into this track.
The last song, “Book of Broken Hearts”, describes a girl with different carry-on baggage altogether: She is a woman with a full portfolio of broken hearts. Yet much like the gypsy gal described in “Pretty in the Sun”, Mitchell is equally smitten by this femme. “She makes me weak in the knees,” he admits.
It’s also worth noting that the track order in places is pure genius. For instance, “Will to Love Again” comes directly after “After the Damage is Done”. This one-two song punch paints the picture of someone dusting himself off and starting all over again. Humans are resilient, after all, if nothing else. We can have our hearts shattered in over a million places, yet before long we’re out there scouring the ground, picking up the shreds and putting ourselves together again. Song titles like “You Don’t Have Room for Me” and “Don’t Give Up On Me” each describe a man that wants to either hold a relationship together or reignite a quickly cooling one. You don’t get the impression Mitchell is in any kind of control of his relationships. We’re a lot like independent Humpty Dumpties, when it comes to reentering the love game.
Mike Mitchell’s North Carolina is a slice of the South’s slower paced lifestyle. But just because life isn’t going at a breakneck pace, doesn’t mean people aren’t still getting hurt. It’s all about losing with dignity.
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