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"This recording is a beautifully eclectic mix of blues, blues/rock and soul, all of which have one thing in common ... that powerful touch that only Mitchhart can do so well. ... it doesn't get much better than this ... recommended highly." --Bill Wilson, Billtown Blues / Reflections in Blue
"A tour de force as Mitchhart displays his adeptness at different styles of the blues. All along his seasoned vocals exhibit his sourlful passion ... he has given us a great one. Thank you, Stacy Mitchhart." —Richart Ludmerer, Making a Scene
"A blues rockin' party!" —Bman's Blues Report
"Stacy Mitchhart ... deepens his connection to primal Mississippi Roots [and] delivers a how-to guide on Live My Life, with a Blues shifting shape that fast tracks Funk with Soul and boasts sinful success on an uptown groove." —The Alternate Root
"Memphis meets Chicago meets the Delta, a Blues Gumbo ... The new album from Stacy Mitchhart is a great experience and a must for those who seek more than the usual blues." —Eric Schuurmans, Rootstime
#7 on the Billboard Blues Chart
Debuted at #23 on the Living Blues Chart
The Nashville-based singer-songwriter and guitarist’s 12th record captures the thrill of his live shows with original songs, a surprising Beatles cover, cigar box guitars and his stage-honed band.
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STACY MITCHHART / Live My Life
Dr. Sam Records DSRO12
National Release: October 30, 2014
Genre: Blues, Americana, Roots, Blues-Rock
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Stacy Mitchhart’s Live My Life stakes out bold new territory for the veteran entertainer. The 12-song album mixes down-home blues with a splash of soul to serve as a springboard for his canny storytelling and meanly elegant guitar. Live My Life is a departure from his mostly soul-blues flavored catalog, reflecting Mitchhart’s deepening connection with the genre’s primal Mississippi roots.
Powered by strong, original songwriting and surprises like raw-boned cigar box guitar, Live My Life opens with the grinding blues howler “I Drink Whiskey,” showcasing his dirty licks ‘n’ tricks. The title track, which is also the album’s first video, shines a beacon on the rollicking artist’s newly stripped down approach. The song is among the three tracks that showcase Mitchhart’s cigar boxes, while another side of his playing fuels the instrumental “Soul Stoll,” which teams an elegant, funky soul-blues groove with flashes of jazz and a sinuous melody. The disc’s biggest surprise, besides its unfiltered hard-core blues sound, is Mitchhart’s interpretation of the Beatles’ “Come Together,” which he reinvents as a killer Delta blues.
Live My Life was co-producer by Mitchhart and Scott McEwen at Nashville’s all-analog Fry Pharmacy studio and features the touring band that accompanies Mitchhart for an impressive 275 shows a year including his famed ongoing residency at Nashville’s Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar.
“I’m more comfortable onstage entertaining than I am in my own living room,” Mitchhart says. “I've spent my whole life there. And I feel like the stripped down approach of this new album lets other people get inside my music almost as deep as I do every night when I’m performing.”
Photo by Duan Davis / Images by DUAN
SUMMARY: Stacy’s new 12-song CD captures the power and joyful energy of his live performances. It’s packed with the buoyant original songwriting, playful delivery and roadhouse virtuosity that have won Stacy an international following and made him the ambassador of the Music City blues scene.