The Denver Post
June 16, 2009
by Candace Horgan
"...they sounded tight; the five-piece horn section added great texture to a lot of classic Band songs, including “Rag Mama
Rag,” with a tuba solo by Howard Johnson, and “The Shape I’m In,” sung by organ player Brian Mitchell."
Read more: Denver Post
June 13, 2009
The Levon Helm Band @ Fitzgerald Theater
by Josh Keller and Jon Behm
"The covers ranged from a jazzy take on Bob Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate,” sung with scratchy voiced authority by organ
player Brian Mitchell to two Grateful Dead tunes (the scorching “Deep Elum Blues” and “Tennessee Jed”)"
Read more: Culture Bully
June 11, 2009
By JON BREAM,
"...and soulful keyboardist Brian Mitchell. Mitchell took Dylan's "Simple Twist of Fate" to New Orleans and did it Dr. John
Read More: Star Tribune
June 11, 2009
The organic nature of Levon Helm
By Andy Downing | Special to the Tribune
"Just four songs into Levon Helm's 140-minute performance at a half-capacity Chicago Theatre, the legendary singer-
drummer, best known for his work with The Band, ceded the microphone to keyboardist Brian Mitchell for a woozy, New
Orleans-style waltz through Bob Dylan's "Simple Twist of Fate." What followed was a master class..."
Read more: Chicago Tribune
Big City Blues
New York Piano Man
By Felix Ybarra
"Keyboard and accordion musician Brian Mitchell is a fitting candidate for keeper of the realm of backstage storytelling.
As a heavily sought after studio session man, composer, touring artist, and much in demand music collaborator; he has
naturally assumed the role of fly on the wall to countless backstage vistas."
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July 6, 2007: MUSIC
By Margaret Moser
Meet the Monstas
"You've met the Montas before. Ernie Durawa is a fixture on the Texas-drummer scene, having played with Doug Sahn,
the Texas Tornados, Los Jazz Vatos, and countless others. Brian Mitchell is the first-call keyboardist whose credits include
Bob (Dylan), Al (Green) and Levon (Helm). Add weighty pros Matt Smith, Rich Stanmyre, Aaron Lack, and Joe Morales,
and the scales are tipped."
Read more: The Monstas
Diggin' Up The Roots
"Keyboard wizard Brian Mitchell is loads of fun at a party. I say that from firsthand experience, having watched his funky
style and growly vocals elevate the proceedings at a few Midnight Rambles. (He's a member of Levon Helm's band) His
clever songs and swampy groove entice other musicians to ride along, and quite a few do just that on this cool collection of
15 original songs and three convincing covers."
To read more: Elmore Magazine
Interview with Allen Toussaint
by Brian Mitchell
"Fifty years of music from the heart? Allen Toussaint makes it look easy. From his legendary first solo record in 1958,
The Wild Sound Of New Orleans by "Al Tousan" to his songwriting and production work for Lee Dorsey and Aaron Seville,
and his work on the funk hits of The Meters to his collaborations with Paul Simon, Allen has spread his masterful music far
and wide, and influenced countless musicians over the past half century.
Also well-known for his humanitarian efforts in the community, the New Orleans artist quickly became involved in the
relief effort after the devastating strike of hurricane Katrina. In fact, it was..."
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" Big Apple Blues July 2006 "
by Bob Putignano
As it appears in "Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine"
New York Report - July, 2006
Greetings from the Big Apple where there has been some stellar shows to talk about, as well as we will peak a bit into what is coming to the NYC
area in the next month or two.
Up at Levon Helm's in Woodstock NY I had the good fortune of catching two performances, the first of which featured the N'Awlins Gumbo Kings,
and the second show featured The Brian Mitchell Band. Both nights also had the wonderful soul stirring Alexis P. Suter opening up (see this women
and her band live with the always wonderful Bruce Katz in her band & wonderful background singers lead by Vicky Bell & Levon's daughter Amy) and
of course The Levon Helm band closes things out with the likes of Jimmy Vivino, Michael Merritt, and the aforementioned Brian Mitchell, who all
reside as part of Levon's band...
... Brian Mitchell is another musician to keep your eye on at Levon's, (many of you might remember Brian from his days
with the great Walter "Wolfman" Washington) as Brian is now striking out on his own with a solo career, and a brand new
CD titled "Diggin' Up the Roots" which is available at his web site: BrianMitchellMusic.com. Brian's performance at
Levon's was second to none, as he is an extremely gifted and creative pianist, with deep roots from his hometown of
NOLA, this cat can hang with the best of them, and Brian received several standing ovations during his intense piano
attacks on this very special night, his band is also of high caliber musicians as well. So put Brian Mitchell on your watch
list (he gigs around the NYC area) and if you can catch him as part of the Levon Helm band in Woodstock- you will not be
To read more: Big City Blues
For more info about the Levon's "Midnight Ramble" go to: Levonhelm.com And if you go to NYBluesandJazz.org find out how you can win a ticket to
one of the now legendary Levon Helm's "Midnight Ramble's."
"To help inspire you to pursue your dreams of keyboard heavens we spent some time with New York session ace Brian
Mitchell, our vintage keys poster boy. If he can help it Brian never does a gig without his B-3, Wurly, Clav, and accordion -
all essential gear for modern alternative styles whether jazz, country or pop. As you'll see beginning on page 38, he thrives
on the interaction between human and Hammond, and between brawn and bellows - and he's made quite a name for
himself in the process. He explains how he uses the latest technology..."
Read more: How to play the piano