Biography

The Chris Mitchell Band was handpicked from the finest musicians in the area to form one of the south’s best (and busiest) party bands. Lifelong friend and extraordinary musician, Jake Hallman, plays keyboards and performs on backing vocals. Ryan Kelly, grandson of the legendary Emma Kelly holds the bottom down on bass. Matt Fallin holds a doctorate in percussion performance (and as J.J. Evans would put it - is DY-NO-MITE!). The final member of the group is Chris' wife, Ashlee. Ashlee has gained notoriety throughout the Southeast as a strong vocalist and has performed throughout the area in several touring ensembles.

Chris took a hiatus from recording in 2007 to produce an album for his former student and colleague, Mary Hannah Riggins. The collaboration resulted in Damsel in Distress-a-lot, Mary's debut album on Pladd Dot Records.

Currently, the band is hard at work on a solo album for Chris, the pieces of smalltown which as it's namesake suggests, will offer an edgier "americana roots" tour of the artist's soul - tracing Mitchell's history to the "small towns" he knows and loves. The band will be in the studio recording later this year. There are plans for a Christmas album in in the future, marking the artist's fourth album. Chris' first instructional guitar book, lessons for life (and guitar), was published in February 2009. Chris published Away in a Manger - 12 Christmas songs for easy guitar (2010) and Halloween Night - 13 Songs that go Bump in the Night (2011)