Larry Mitchell is a solo artist, sideman, songwriter, and music producer. As a solo artist, Larry has released six guitar instrumental records which met with significant critical acclaim. The albums range from mellow acoustic to scorching rock arrangements. In 1986 and ’87, Larry won the New York City Limelight Guitar solo contest and in ‘99, Larry was awarded the much coveted San Diego Music Award for Best Pop Jazz Artist.
As a sideman, Mitchell toured as guitarist for a wide range of musical artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek, as well as being a band member of The Crunch (T.M. Stevens, Bernie Worrell, Crystal Taliefero, and Tony Smith).
Larry shares songwriting credits with Steve Vai and Thomas McRocklin on the Bad for Good album and with Brian Hardgroove (Public Enemy) and Bootsy Collins on the song “It Is What It Is” on Bootsy’s upcoming release.
As a producer, Larry has won many production and engineering awards in various categories such as Adult Contemporary, Pop, R&B, and Rap. Most recently, Larry Mitchell won a 2008 Grammy for Co-producing Johnny Whitehorse’s Totemic Flute Chants in the Native American category, which was released on Silver Wave Records.
Larry uses the VOX AmPlug and the TonelabLE. He says, “I have been enjoying the AmPlug…I was just down in Florida doing a Show with Robert Mirabal and the AmPlug came in very handy at the airport and at the Hard Rock show. I got to warm up with it and even played quietly on stage in the many hours of sound check, when no one wants you to play while they are still setting things up!”
Larry was nice enough to send over a killer demo of him using his beloved VOX TonelabLE. All guitar sounds on it are coming straight from the TonelabLE!
By: Evan O’Brien
Photo: Scott Davis