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Blue Plate Special: Mitch Barrett Today at Noon

Posted in Mitch Barrett, Zoe Speaks on August 19, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

Quick update this morning to ask you all to tune in to WDVX’s Blue Plate Special today (Wednesday) at noon (Eastern) to hear a live set from songwriter Mitch Barrett.

Mitch is a singer/songwriter from Berea, Kentucky who I first discovered a few years back when he was performing as one half of the folk duo, Zoe Speaks. Their albums Pearl and Birds Fly South were kept in steady rotation at my former station, Morehead State Public Radio, and the duo would often perform at MSPR functions.
Mitch is performing on his own these days, and has been doing quite well for himself. He is a two-time winner of the Chris Austin songwriting competition at Merlefest, and has also won songwriting competitions at The Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Competition. This past June, Mitch was named the winner of the Telluride Troubadour Competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado. Previous winners of that competition include Catie Curtis, Nels Andrews, Kris Delmhorst, and Deb Talon (The Weepies)… pretty solid company.
Here are a couple of songs to give you a taste of Mitch’s music before you tune in to the show today. Both tunes come from his days with Zoe Speaks since I don’t yet have his new solo disc. The first is a reworking of the classic tune “Shady Grove” with new lyrics from Mitch. In his version, “Shady Grove” becomes a chilling tale of an interracial relationship in the deep south. It’s a great re-imagining of a standard tune. After that is a YouTube vid of Micth performing an original tune called “Sacred Yard.” You can also hear more on the Jukebox at Mitch’s website.
You can listen to the Blue Plate Special live on-line by following this link.
Zoe Speaks: Shady Grove (Buy Album)
One more quick note…

As you probably know, the radio station where I work… WDVX… is a non-commercial station that relies on the contributions of listeners to stay alive and on the air. We are currently running a fund raising raffle until August 29th to raise funds for the station. Tickets are available online at our website for $10 per ticket. The grand prize this year is $5,000. If you’re feeling lucky and want to help out a radio station that plays great Americana music, gives voice to local musicians, and provides live music to the community (like today’s Blue Plate Special… a show we put on every weekday for free), stop by and pick up a ticket. Thanks.