T. Mitchell Bell | Witness

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by T. Mitchell Bell

“Witness” is a collection of songs that focuses on social, political, and environmental issues. This record was made with the intention of being an old school rock concept album in the tradition of The Beatles and Pink Floyd.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Stolen Horses
7:08 $1.00
2. Company Store
4:04 $1.00
3. Valley Below
6:28 $1.00
4. Witness
5:07 $1.00
5. Empty Inside
4:42 $1.00
6. Give and Take
3:15 $1.00
7. Iron Bird
3:14 $1.00
8. Freedom Rust
5:04 $1.00
9. Illusions
6:34 $1.00
10. American Dreamscape
2:12 $1.00
11. Dawns Army / Bitter Harvest
4:25 $1.00
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Album Notes
From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Review by Scott Mervis

T. Mitchell Bell made his recording debut in 2009 with a concept record he made in Nashville about his great-great-grandfather who died as a Union soldier in the Civil War.

Now, the McMurray-based singer-songwriter returns with "Witness," turning his focus toward a variety of topics, including the plight of coal miners ("Company Store"), rampant consumerism ("Empty Inside"), fracking ("Valley Below") and economic decline ("Iron Bird").

This time, he says, the musical approach was to go in more of an old-school Beatles/Pink Floyd direction, but you can clearly hear the Neil Young/Bob Dylan influence as well.

"It would have been easy to put out another Americana, roots-based record this time," he says, "but honestly I was getting burned out hearing every me-too Avett-Mumford-oldtimey band out there."

A handful of the songs go back 20 years, he says, "and the weird part is they still sound relevant to what is happening today.

"As I started putting a list of songs together, I realized there was a common theme with some and then it was like putting pieces of a puzzle together."

The densely produced sound pieces fit as well, with a group of scene vets -- Steve Trettel, Randy Venturini, Bill Maruca, Vince Agwada, Patti Spadaro, Matt Locy, Steve Sciulli and Bob Banerjee -- helping to make "Witness" a cohesive listen from start to finish.

"Seat of Rust" Photo by Bill Rizzo (Moedonno)



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