Featured Artist of the Week – Bobby Mitchell

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Bio:

Bobby has always had a passion for singing. So at the age of 20 he taught himself to play the guitar and started writing songs. He began sitting in with some local bands singing Traditional Country Music never singing his originals. Around 1996 he started playing HIS songs to the public and Hillbilly Bob was born. Six years later he released his debut CD Redneck Havin’ Fun. He has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Kelly Shoppe and the Amarillo Band, Hayes Carll, Richard Dobson, Rex Bell & The Hemmer Ridge Mt. Boys along with many others in the past. Bobby Mitchell plays Classic Country Music with a little Classic Rock and is known for his original Abnormal Country Music.

He is a member of the Fort Worth Songwriters, Houston-Fort Bend Songwriters Associations and Houston Association of Acoustic Musicians. His CD Redneck Havin Fun is available at: My Texas Music.com & CD Baby.com. For Bookings from Hillbilly Bob Adult Comedy Shows to Cowboy Campfire Cook-outs to a full Bobby Mitchell Band Show click the contact link here.

Interview:

TRD: Who do you consider your influences?

BM: I was really impressed with the “Outlaw Movement” of the 70’s. So I reckon Willie, Waylon and the Boys influenced me just a tad more than Elvis.

 

TRD: What was your first Gig?

BM: Since I indulged in a lot of alcohol beverages and herbal fragrances back then (I’m 48yrs.old) it’s hard to remember, but I do recall sitting in with some local bands to sing a song or two and then other times and places I’d leave my guitar case open for tips at some local dives in the Highlands/Baytown TX area.

 

TRD:  What groups or singers do you listen to now?

BM: Hank III, Kevin Fowler, Jarrod Birmingham, and Jack Ingram.

 

TRD:  What is your favorite venue you have performed at? Why?

BM: The Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe in Galveston TX. The place is nostalgic; a fitting tribute to one of the Greatest Songwriters ever, Townes. The owner Rex (Wrecks) Bell is a friend of mine. And to think he is also friends with Dusty and Rocky Hill, Rodney Crowell, Lucinda Williams, and was best friend with the late great Townes Van Zandt, it just blows my mind to think I have something so realistically common with these Greats.

 

TRD: If you could perform only 1 more show, anywhere in the world, where
would you want to play? Why?

BM: Willie Nelson‘s Farm Aid. Knowing I can help the American Farmer Survive would be worth its weight in gold.

 

TRD: What is your favorite song you have recorded? Why?

BM: “Two Fifteen In The Morning” I feel this is a Great Traditional country song paying tribute to any performer that has lost a love relationship due to their late-night – always out of town lifestyle they live.

 

TRD: When you’re not performing what do you like to do with your spare time?

BM: I own some property up on the Frio Canyon near Leakey. I call it “Mitchell’s Mountain” that is where I go talk to God and Mother Nature. (It’s all primitive)

 

TRD: If you could perform with any other artist, who would you like to
share the stage with? Why?

BM: Willie Nelson. Why cuz he’s Willie Nelson!

 

 

Discography:

Redneck Havin Fun (2003)

 

Tour:

August 2nd, 2007 – Bayou Sports Bar & Grill in Houston, TX with Larry Sepulvado and his son Austin

 

Enjoy! And check back next week when our featured artist is the 80 Proof Band

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