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Cole Mitchell
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  • Albuquerque, NM
  • United States
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Cole Mitchell's song was featured

 play Amarillo Butcher House Blues - Cole Mitchell

Nobody's Blues
03:35
Dec 27, 2011
Cole Mitchell left a comment for Chris Myers
"Hey Chris, Thanks for dropping by. It means a lot, after all that's why we make the music. Thanks, Cole"
Mar 17, 2010
Cole Mitchell and Chris Myers are now friends
Mar 17, 2010
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This Group welcomes primarily fans which we all are to some degree. As well as writers, song writers and visual artists who are captured or awed by the South West.See More
Mar 16, 2010
Cole Mitchell and Chris Krupar are now friends
Sep 25, 2009
Cole Mitchell and Arthur Gonzales are now friends
Sep 16, 2009
Cole Mitchell was featured
Jul 26, 2009
Cole Mitchell's song was featured

 play Amarillo Butcher House Blues - Cole Mitchell

Nobody's Blues
03:35
Jul 26, 2009
Cole Mitchell posted a blog post

Casino Boogie

This songwriter business is and isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It’s a passion, it’s what I do, I can’t not do it. So in that sense it is highly pleasurable and a defining point in this life. I work for myself, I call the shots. On the other hand, to be successful, to eke out a living, requires a considerable amount of jumping through hoops, to get airplay, to tour, to sell records. The more I try to remove myself from duality the more it constricts, like a creeping vine. All in all, though,…See More
Jun 30, 2009
Cole Mitchell commented on Cole Mitchell's blog post The Rustic Side - March 3, 2009
"Thanks, I'll try to keep up dating the posts. Still getting used to this site."
Jun 25, 2009
Jack Jackson commented on Cole Mitchell's blog post The Rustic Side - March 3, 2009
"I do indeed like this one. very nice and insightful with strong poetic overtones well done."
Jun 18, 2009
Cole Mitchell posted blog posts
Jun 18, 2009
Cole Mitchell left a comment for Jack Jackson
"I've thrown up a couple essays. Tell me what you think. -cole"
Jun 18, 2009
Cole Mitchell posted a group
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Terrain Vague Twisted Roots (The Cole Mitchell Fan Club)

This Group welcomes primarily fans which we all are to some degree. As well as writers, song writers and visual artists who are captured or awed by the South West.See More
May 29, 2009
Cole Mitchell posted photos
May 29, 2009
Jack Jackson left a comment for Cole Mitchell
"Hi there Cole. I am Jack. I administrate the writer's group. To join the group everyone is asked to display some of thier written work. If you could throgh up the lyrics to a song or a short story, that would be fine. The hope is to continually…"
Apr 15, 2009

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My favorite band
The Curs
My website
http://www.colemitchellmusic.com
My short bio
"American Roots singer and songwriter Cole Mitchell's work is an expression of a hard life, well lived. "Kind of a sideways take on the music I'd heard as a kid hangin' around my grandmother's honky tonk in southern New Mexico. See, I was born in Billy the Kidd country," says Cole. "and raised in Hank Williams country."
Spending many of his formative years in Alabama, he moved back to New Mexico in his teens to work his parent's ranch near the Gila Wilderness. "I never considered riding horses for pleasure," he says only partly kidding. Cole worked alongside his dad from an early age and got a steady stream of country radio. He started entertaining himself by learning to play a guitar his folks gave him, and soon enough started picking out Cowboy traditionals, as well as the Frizzell, Cash, and other country tunes his father listened to.



After discovering that 'other' music on rock and roll stations, Cole's rebellious nature was impressed and momentarily uprooted by such artists as The Stones and Faces. Until he learned how to blend the raucous style he was growing to love with the deep secure roots he had grown up with. So, full of piss and vinegar, he left home at sixteen to front a touring band that he'd impressed. Though he found the road invigorating, being of working man's stock Cole determined to get real about music, and about making a living.



Soon, he was back in New Mexico working long hours on oilrigs. He made good, bought a ranch, and before long was trading horses and running cattle. But his restlessness again took hold of him, and the next thing he knew he was skinning carcasses in a slaughterhouse in a town he didn't know. Not finding that work particularly appealing, Cole next got involved in a rather nefarious border business. Sensing that nothing good was coming out of most of it, he hit the road again. Through his forty days and nights in the wilderness, Cole's constant companion was his guitar and music his best friend.



Whether from good fortune or dumb luck he can't really say, but he eventually made his way north to Albuquerque where he soon came to the music establishment's attention as front man for Saddlesores. The Saddlesores went on to become a somewhat legendary roadhouse band specializing in their own brand of cow punk, a free wheeling mix of what Cole had been developing since his childhood. He fronted Saddlesores for some fifteen years stirring up powerhouse performances, writing and singing raucous, memorable songs that defied description and eventually came to be labeled, perhaps for lack of any available idiom, Americana.



Tragically, Cole lost his eyesight in 1992. Deciding to take this part of his journey anew, Cole broke with Saddlesores and has been recording and touring largely solo since. His current work still bears the mark of that raw and original take on life that colored much of his work with Saddlesores.



Cole's two solo CD releases are an expression of his transformation from a writer and front man for an iconoclastic, good time band to a poet and storyteller becoming more intimate with the raw honesty of life. During his travels along the highways and byways stretched between the Wild West and the Old South, he apparently learned a good bit by staying true to himself. Cole Mitchell's restless heart, and the people and places he's kept with him along the way, give his music an authenticity missing in too much of contemporary music. His heartfelt musings, dry humor, hard luck, and hard edge give these stories from the fringe of what's left of blue-collar America a genuine sense of real music, real life.



Cole Mitchell. American roots. American real."

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Casino Boogie

Posted on June 30, 2009 at 3:36pm 1 Comment

This songwriter business is and isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It’s a passion, it’s what I do, I can’t not do it. So in that sense it is highly pleasurable and a defining point in this life. I work for myself, I call the shots. On the other hand, to be successful, to eke out a living, requires a considerable amount of jumping through hoops, to get airplay, to tour, to sell records. The more I try to remove myself from duality the more it constricts, like a creeping vine. All in all, though,… Continue

The Rustic Side - March 3, 2009

Posted on June 18, 2009 at 3:35pm 2 Comments

I would imagine that if you live in or come from a metropolis or any town or village with a thousand-plus population, you may not be familiar with the rustic side. I would wager that if you are rushing off to work in the morning in a suit and tie or business skirt and heels, that you aren’t familiar with the pristine air that fills your lungs as you are walking outside your front door at 8,000 feet with the clouds swirling around your head, like fog rolling in off of the ocean. The scent of… Continue

No Conscience Blues

Posted on June 18, 2009 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Kicking rocks down the road of a thousand sins may or may not be a legitimate form of education but an education nonetheless, and only the keenest of the road scholars will survive with their hearts intact. The alumni are many: some have chosen but most have unwittingly stumbled into their studies; a few have received one or more degrees from “legitimate” universities before realizing that life is as treacherous as it looks. Fiction and textbooks are far more forgiving. Any way it happens, our… Continue

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At 6:07pm on April 15, 2009, Jack Jackson said…
Hi there Cole. I am Jack. I administrate the writer's group. To join the group everyone is asked to display some of thier written work. If you could throgh up the lyrics to a song or a short story, that would be fine. The hope is to continually put things up to make a more dynamic group. Ok later man.
 
 
 

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