Performs Locally: COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE – Wednesday, April 25
Singer-songwriter Mitch Hayes, Queen City Music Awards “Americana/Folk Artist of the Year” winner, brings his “Chasing The Pacific Sunset” 2018 Spring Tour to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 Lake Ave., Wednesday, April 25. Showtime: 8pm-10pm. Tickets $18. Info: (626) 798-6236 or visit https://www.coffeegallery.com/. Rest of Haye’s Chasing The Pacific sunset Itinerary, below.
Besides excellent reviews for his critically-lauded album Heroes, two of the album’s songs cracked the Top 100 of radio industry staple, the Friday Morning Quarterback Chart: “All Fall Down” (#23), and “Look At You” charting at #42. When one considers that Hayes was competing for airplay with such household name artists as John Mayer, Bruno Mars, and Ed Sheeran, this accomplishment is impressive.
Heroes: What The Press Is Saying-
“Mitch Haye’s new album is an inspiration…a folk/Americana singer-songwriter from North Carolina who many feel is their natural successor to Leonard Cohen for his songs of social commentary.”
“Heroes finds worth in its characters, its story inspiring as the “Hand of the Devi” puts flesh and blood to its champion, warns that ‘you cannot hide from who you are deep inside”…Mitch Hayes is a storyteller, backing his tales with folk music that touches the tunes with Country, Blues, and Americana.”
“A man of many talents and a cancer survivor, which has added an edge to his amazing voice, which can still deliver a powerful message in song. Hi lyrics are so well written, that they instantly connect with the listener. If you’re a Tom Waits and/or Americana fan, it’s truly worth the listen.”
“Heroes is one fine folk/Americana album that is a beautiful result of one man’s dreams and ability to persevere through extreme circumstance….the genuine article – stripped down to the barest essential of artist, words, voice, and instruments. A brave and honest album.”
Mitch Hayes is a singer-songwriter from the Charlotte, NC area. His Original Folk/Americana music is reminiscent of the artists whose music defined a generation, from the mid 60’s to the early 70’s. His songs will take you on an emotional journey through timeless themes such as love and loss, joy and sadness and social consciousness. His lyrics will sometimes make you laugh, sometimes make you cry, but will always entertain you.
Sometimes Mitch performs as a solo artist. Sometimes he performs as a duet with his daughter Erin Hayes on flute and vocals. Then there is his “Mitch Hayes Trio,” with Erin and songwriter and lead guitarist Mike Alicke. Last but not least, Hayes performs on occasion with the band, “Last Chance, Bruce!” Band members are Mitch, Erin, bassist Jim Edwards, guitarist Shawn Kaupish and drummer Scott Newell. Any way you cut it, a Mitch Hayes show is a wonderfully entertaining experience and one that should not be missed!
Hayes has two albums to his credit. In 2014 he released his debut CD, “My Reflection,” recorded at On Pop of The World Studio in Greensboro, NC. The album was engineered, mixed and co-produced with Randy Seals and mastered by Eric Lovell of Blu Bubble Studios of Charlotte, NC. Contributing to this project were some of the finest musicians in Greensboro as well as Haye’s own son and daughter Jordan and Erin Hayes, performing background and harmony vocals. The CD also features a fiddle solo by another family member, Tom Demer.
This recording took almost two and a half years to complete as halfway through, Hayes was sidelined with, and underwent treatment for, throat cancer. Therapy was successful and he is now cancer-free. However, this experience left him with some changes to his voice. “I went from having a smooth sounding voice to having more of a rough edge, like Bob Seger or Tom Waits. But I’m just happy to be able to sing and perform my songs, again,” recalls Hayes.
In August 2016, Hayes released his sophomore CD, “Heroes,” recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Eric Lovell at Blu Bubble Studios in Charlotte. Some of Charlotte’s most talented musicians and singers contributed to this project, as well as again including vocal performances by Mitch’s son and daughter, Jordan and Erin Hayes. The album title “Heroes” comes from the fact that many of the songs share somewhat of a common theme. They speak of personal, spiritual and musical heroes that have had a profound effect on Mitch during his lifetime. “These are men and women, some alive and some that have passed on whose words and lives inspire me to strive to be the best me, I can be.”
Mitch Hayes “Chasing The Pacific Sunset” 2018 Tour Itinerary
- April 24 (Tue.) KULAK’S WOODSHED North Hollywood, CA
- April 25 (Wed.) COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE Altadena, CA
- April 26 (Thur.) GENGHIS COHEN Hollywood, CA
- April 27 (Fri.) LENNY’S STEAKHOUSE Chatsworth, CA
- April 29 (Sun.) BREWYARD BEER COMPANY Glendale, CA
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