Larry Mitchell (USA)
Larry Mitchell exemplifies the success that can be achieved when one chooses to follow his passion. The gifted Grammy Award winning performer, producer, and engineer continues to amaze. Larry’s guitar textures demonstrate his abilities as a solo artist and as an ensemble player. Larry has had the opportunity to tour with Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek, and Miguel Bosѐ. While on tour with Tracy Chapman, Larry performed for the late Nelson Mandela. In 1999, Larry won a San Diego music award for Best Pop Jazz artist.
In 2007, Larry won a Grammy Award for producing, engineering and performing on the Best Native American Music Album, “Totemic Flute Chants”, by Native American artist Johnny Whitehorse, who is best known as Robert Mirabal. Larry is also the proud recipient of 26 New Mexico Music Awards in various categories which include pop, adult, contemporary, rap, rock, country World music, and Native American music with artists such as Dawn Avery, Joy Harjo, Indigie Femme and Shelley Morningsong. In 2009, Larry had the honor of playing on the Dalia Lama Renaissance album. Larry also made a guest appearance on The Price is Right in 2009.
In 2019, Larry toured with Dawn Avery, Kate Martin, and a few other artists. He also went on tour to promote his 9th solo release Déjà Vu, which is a collection of his previously released songs. His new interpretations of these songs bring new life to them and make them as appealing as they were upon their original release.
When Larry is not performing, producing, or engineering, he enjoys helping others to develop their talents. He often makes appearances at music stores, colleges, and guitar camps all over the world. He frequently leads workshops on technique, tones, and recent guitar technology.
In January 2019 Larry ran a guitar jam class for Joe Satriani’s G4 Experience which was put on by Dreamcatcher events. From July 29-August 2nd, 2019, Larry appeared as a featured artist at world renowned guitarist Steve Vai’s, Academy 5.0, where he taught classes in guitar textures, soloing concepts, guitar effects usage, and home recording. Larry had also been an instructor at Vai’s Academy on two other occasions. After his stint at the Academy in 2019, Larry went on to tour Germany, Italy, Costa Rica, and Australia. He finished his tour with a 3-week master artist residency at The Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida.
Larry has also spent a year teaching production and recording techniques at the College of Santa Fe music program. And Once a Year he has taught a master class in guitar, recording, and production at the Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland campus for the last seven years.
Children hold a special place in Larry’s heart and he frequently does workshops for autistic children who play musical instruments. These workshops are in conjunction with Florida State University, the Center for Autism and Related Disorders located in 27 states, and Y Music in Cleveland Ohio. Larry has also collaborated with Dawn Avery on Native American Language Intensive Programs on the Mohawk Reservation in Canada.
Larry also has many musical instrument endorsements including a signature model guitar with USA based Knaggs Guitars.
Of the eleven album releases by Larry The newest “The Light within” (acoustic) just won a global music award for instrumental release and “Shadows on the Soul” (Electric) can be purchase and streamed on larrymitchell.Bandcamp.com
Larry was a featured artist at 2022 Vai Academy 6.0 as well as Opening act for several of the east coast shows of Steve Vai’s Inviolate Tour 2022
2023 once again saw Larry Opening for guitar great Steve Vai. Playing guitar for former United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Producing an albums and singles for singer songwriter Katie Martin, Performing at Various festivals in the USA such as Word of South in Tallahassee Florida, 30A songwriters Festival in FT Walton Beach Florida,Guitars Under the Stars Festival In Lebanon Oregon, Indigenous Ways Festival in Sata Fe New Mexico,
Larry is also a Board Member for the organization Guitars in the Classroom that helps bring music into schools.