Mitch Laddie was born in the North East of England on 24th September 1990. Drawn to music from an early age, Mitch listened to Country greats with his late maternal Grandfather. Hypnotised by the sounds he began building his own record collection at the early age of 3 years old, moving from Country into Blues, Motown, Soul & R&B.
Fascinated by the guitar he heard on records and his Father’s that lay around the house, Mitch always knew what lay ahead. Although it wasn’t until the age of 13 Mitch began playing guitar seriously after suffering a sporting injury, which led to several months in hospital reduced to traction. The musical journey upon leaving hospital has been a fruitful one for Mitch. During the early days, Mitch was introduced to one of his guitar heroes, the great blues legend – Walter Trout.
After sitting in with the band many times, Walter then introduced Mitch to Ed Van Zijl of Mascot/Provogue Records after a guest spot at the Paradiso, Amsterdam. Mitch signed a deal with Provogue Records at the age of 17, releasing his debut in early 2010 to rave reviews and critical success from magazines like; “Classic Rock”, “Blues Matters” and “Guitarist” saying “”Laddie technically hits the same notes as a thousand hack guitarists, but strokes & strangles them from the fretboard with rare soul”, “It is always pleasing to hear home-grown talent producing high quality music and Mitch certainly is doing that.” And “He shows he’s an exciting prospect not afraid to stretch the boundaries of pentatonic blues” respectively.
Having toured alone and with Walter Trout, in both the UK and Europe; the Mitch Laddie Band are stirring up a lot of excitement in the modern Blues genre and receiving rave reviews wherever they play, with their music being described as “Very diverse, lulling you into a false sense of security and then WHAM, it hits you full-on like a freight train.” Mitch’s guitar playing has been compared to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Philip Sayce and Greg Howe, describing this mix as “making his playing style both complete and unique, but it also makes him a joy to watch. It really is hard to believe that this guy is still only 20 years old. Definitely one of the best young British blues players I’ve had the pleasure to see in a very long time”.
Walter Trout championed Mitch to a European crowd as “The best young guitarist in the world” and having said previously in an interview “Mitch is amazing. If you close your eyes when he is playing he sounds like a guy who’s been at it for Forty years and has had all these experiences and maybe come out of some Classic Rock band and has all this authority in his playing. I heard that when he was fifteen. I knew when I heard him at fifteen he was going to be a great artist. He has an incredible gift.”
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