Over the past two decades Mitch Mann has assimilated the music of his heroes. His songs offer the groove and feel of many styles of music. Being well versed in Blues, Folk, Country, Pop and Rock has allowed him to create a “roots music” totally Americana in flavor. He has tenure in several of the most successful bands in the challenging Muscle Shoals music community, and plays many solo dates.
Born in Birmingham and reared in Lynn, AL, Mann began playing guitar at age eleven. He was soon writing songs and playing in local bands. After graduating from Lynn High School, he studied Commercial Music at Northwest Community College in Phil Campbell, AL. After teaching guitar in the Shoals area for many years, in 2007 Mann received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of North Alabama majoring in Professional Writing with a minor in Music.
Since Mann moved to Muscle Shoals in 1993, he has added his succulent guitar and smoky vocals to groups such as LSD-30, Blackwater Toad, The Fiddleworms, Donnie Fritts, Monkee and The Spank Daddys, and The Mojo Mixers. With these groups, he has shared the stage with The Temptations, Government Mule, Eddie Floyd, The Commodores, and American Idol winner Ruben Studdard. In 2006 the song “Good Things” was included in the film “When I find the Ocean.” “Good Things” was co-written by Mann and former Grateful Dead member and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay.
In 2013 Mann and writer James LeBlanc’s song, “Hold Her While You Got Her” made the Grammy entry ballot for best Americana song. In addition to his own songs, Mann’s live performances include many of the songs of the artists who have influenced his music…Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Townes Van Zandt, and Steve Earle.
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