Though the banks of the Belubula are a far cry from the bayous of the Deep South, Canowindra will welcome signature southern sounds when Aussie musician Mitch Grainger “brings the blues to Canowindra” next Friday, 23 April.
Mitch’s love for the blues started early and diversified before becoming his unique sound, which mixes in elements of rock.
“I started on harmonica when I was about 14 and through that I discovered blues music and from there I discovered rock and roll. I am inspired by people like Eric Clapton and JJ Cale. I play harmonica, guitar and sing. It is really a great art form to express your passion, feelings and emotions,” Mitch said.
Though Mitch has left his band in the United States, music lovers can rejoice, as his one-man show is anything but ordinary.
“The thing with blues is, if people stick to the formula, it can be quite boring. I am always pushing myself to improvise and do something different so each song will not be the same every time I sing it. It is more entertaining for the audience and it is more fun for me,” said Mitch.
The singer has taken quite a roundabout trip to get to Canowindra. Hailing from Sydney, Mitch spent the last ten years in Los Angeles, but found himself having an extended stay in Australia last year thanks to COVID. When Arts OutWest approached him to play in Canowindra with Canowindra Music & Events Co, Mitch jumped at the chance, having been well received in Orange previously.
The event will kick off Canowindra’s Bal-loon Challenge week and will continue Canowindra’s cracking year of live music, with Mitch promising: “Blues is the foundation, but anything can happen.”
Mitch Grainger will be performing at Moorbel Hall on Friday, 23 April at 7pm. Tickets are on sale online: rb.gy/qvvwqt