Australian singer-songwriter, Ben Mitchell writes folk, country, blues and indie-pop with a little rock. A genre-hoping troubadour at heart, Mitchell’s music blends the heartfelt simplicity and story-telling of country and blues with the authenticity and romance of classic 70s singer-songwriters.
Writing, gigging and recording for ‘a couple of decades’ Mitchell’s latest release, Slow Is The New Fast is out on the 10th October 2019; this new acoustic album marking the culmination of a slow and steady journey of refining his songwriting voice.
“Just about my favourite local release at the moment” Stephen Walker, 3RRR – Chance To Love (2015, album)
In 1998 Mitchell moved to London to develop his music career. He stayed for six years, writing songs by day and performing them by night, appearing at venues across the city. During this time he made his living promoting other songwriters by hosting a songwriter night in Camden. At these shows in particular he built a network of like-minded musicians, whilst gaining glowing reviews for his songwriting and performance:
“Calls to mind the song-smithery of Neil Finn and Ben Harper—a thoughtful songwriter with a gift for simple melodies and powerful emotion” TIME OUT
A major turning point for Mitchell’s career came one night when, after performing a few of his songs, he was approached by an engineer from Air Studios (then owned by The Beatles producer, the late Sir George Martin) who offered to record Mitchell’s songs on ‘down-time’.
“A powerful performer with bags of stage presence and memorable songs” Get Rhythm Magazine, LONDON
From this session, and from recordings made at Mitchell’s bedsit in Leytonstone, and in other London studios (Toe Rag, Regal Lane and Battenberg Studios) Mitchell compiled recordings which would become his first album, The Stars Can See (2006). Reviewing Mitchell’s debut Americana UK gave The Stars Can See 8/10 saying:
“His song-writing skills put him in a league above.” Americana UK, LONDON
Recorded and produced in his Healesville home-studio Mitchell’s Chance To Love album (independently released in 2015) featured 17 songs described as a mix of country-soul, and lo-fi pop. Every song on Chance To Love was played on radio across Australia, on genre specific shows ranging from alt-country to folk to pop. One song, Beautiful Mess, was picked up by Amazing Radio in London and Ireland, and the video by Foxtel’s Country Music Channel.
“He has a very interesting, sort of indie-folk/indie-pop-rock sound with some lovely, lovely songwriting.” John Carver, 3 PBS FM – Chance To Love (2015, album)
In June 2016 Mitchell achieved a Number 1 on the AMRAP Regional charts with a solo acoustic recording of ‘Keep Community Radio’. His other albums incorporate lo-fi elements (as in the pen on cassette-case percussion of ‘Cool & A Little Silly’) with high fidelity production of programmed drums and multi-layered harmonies (as heard in ‘Ocean Road’, and ‘Smooth Sailing’).
“It’s a great album turned up loud for summer driving, but also rewards closer listening with its many subtle delights.” Rhythms Magazine – Summer Lover (2016, album)
Summer Lover, released on 21st June 2016 through Beautiful Mess Records, is a collection of sunny pop-rock songs and country-stung love songs, and features Shane Reilly (Tex Perkins, Lost Ragas) on pedal steel and baritone guitar. Once again, every song on Summer Lover received radio play.