Mitchell was born singing in Denver Colorado. His first instrument was harmonica a present from his father at age eight. Relocating in Los Angeles Mitchell found himself in early teens singing and playing bass around Hollywood and the L.A. scene with “The Coast Runners”, “T”, “The Deciples” ect, ect.
In 1967 fresh from High School Mitchell migrated to SanFrancisco right into the “Summer of Love” with Val Fuentes the drummer with whom he began forming a unique psychedelic band called “Itʼs A Beautiful Day”. Beautiful Day recorded several albums with CBS records including the cult classic featuring the song “White Bird”. 1971 Mitchell left Beautiful Day with itʼs guitarist Hal Wagenet to form “Natural Act” that toured till 1976. and recorded one album for Half Moon Bay Records.
In 1971 Mitchell developed a bowable electric bass violin. 1991 he built a refined model (photo left) which he performs with to this day.
Mitchell is still part of the bay area scene, jaming with many of the original San Francisco sound players, Barry Melton (Country Joe and the fish) Roy Blumenfeld (Blues Project) and Norman Greenbaum to mention a few.
In the ninties the “Zensnap” band emerged combining the SF jazz sounds ala Larry Blackshere RIP, with Mitchellʼs cosmic sounds. A limited number of the original CD are available with the four page fold-out.
Piano is the go to instrument for his song writing so Mitchell currently performs as a soloist on Bowed Bass, Acoustic Piano and ocasionally guitar. On tour he sometimes taps local talent if a more rockus sound is called for.