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Singer/Songwriter Keith Alan Mitchell releases solo effort, ‘This Clumsy World’

Keith Alan Mitchelle
Keith Alan Mitchelle
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If you happen upon a show in the San Francisco area featuring a singer/songwriter who sounds like Ryan Adams or a young Paul Westerberg, you may have stumbled upon Keith Alan Mitchell.

Originally hailing from Ohio, Keith Alan Mitchell now resides in the Bay Area and is in the midst of promoting his solo album “This Clumsy World.” A seasoned front man for multiple bands, this is his first solo release, and he uses it as a sounding board for his raw, honest emotions.

“All the songs have to do with breaking free in some way; escaping, moving on, even disappearing. That can be a good thing, like breaking out of old patterns or old disagreements, but it can also mean people moving away from each other, being adrift and not grounded,” Mitchell has said.

After his band broke up because none of the members would acquiesce, he wrote “The Feud.” Lyrics like “there must be something wrong / we’re never gonna agree now,” sway along the modern folk chords, invoking the feeling of exasperation that comes when relationships fall apart.

Then there’s “Diamond Blues,” a pleasant, upbeat, bluegrass ditty. A pub-friendly sing-a-long song can be found with “Tavern Angeline.” Mitchell sings about from the heart in these selections, about feelings of uncertainty and stagnancy, respectively.

Not many artists today are willing to be so emotionally honest; Mitchell’s sharing of his art goes above and beyond, with his website even including the actual chords for some of the songs. Through his live shows is how he really connects with music fans as he typically performs solo now, but the album does feature some help by other up-and-coming Bay Area musicians.

Self-produced by Mitchell, it features mastering by Brian Lucey, who has worked with The Black Keys and The Shins. “This Clumsy World” was released on June 20, 2014.

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