Ada, Oklahoma may be known for being the hometown of Blake Shelton, but he was certainly not the only Country talent bred there. Mitchell Trimmer, lead of Mitchell Trimmer Band, is a Country/Southern Rock songwriter/artist is a different style than Blake, but just as passionate & talented.
Mitchell’s style is Country meets Southern Rock meets Texas Country meets Alternative. The style is very unique, fitting that Red Dirt niche. His band does a great balancing act of preserving traditional roots, while also adding a distinctive spin. It fits the the category of “on the outskirts of ordinary” because it literally sounds different than anything I’ve heard.
The band has been playing for over 10 years. They have focused on playing & building an audience, and just released their first EP last year. Though that is unusual to play for so long without publicly releasing, I commend their hustle. Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, etc is prime gigging territory. Bars in those areas actually could put Nashville to shame, as they get the bands who are grinding, playing, & growing their fan base. It is actually intriguing to see this mentality as it is so different from the way we do it here.
I also will say that there are no fans quite like the Red Dirt ones. They travel, go to festivals, find dive bars, & root for their favorites no matter what. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Nashville way, but I think the we could learn some new concepts from them.
The LEPA Mixtapes
This one’s got a good beat & a strong baseline. The electric guitar has a good riff that just makes you want to drink a beer & dance. Small town love. Nothing like it. This is also recorded in a very raw way which makes it so organic. Less production is such a nice change of pace.
I Got You
I Got You has such a true Classic Southern Rock sound. The feel is a little more intense, as it is a strong love song. The balance of instruments & vocals is on point. Good, clear sound.
Long Way To Tulsa
Something aboutthis one is reminiscent of Gary Allen. I think the style mixed with the rasp. A little more on the Country side than some of his others, but still has a bit of edge.
I love the fact that this song mixes rolling stone with troubadour. I think this is a good representation of the band’s sound. Rocking Cowboy doing his own thing.
Roots Run Deep
The band will be releasing their next project very soon. I got to hear samples of it & I can tell y’all it is a treat. Good ole Country roots with an edge. Excited to hear the finished product...
Huge thanks to Mitchell Trimmer for partnering with me & sharing some exclusives. This guy encompasses what this blog is about. Chasing dreams, following your passion, taking the road less traveled, & keeping it on the outskirts of ordinary.