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Purple Room

by Tricia Mitchell

Fans compare Tricia Mitchell to: Roseanne Cash, early Jewel, Carrie Underwood, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, Suzanne Vega, Sheryl Crow, Colbie Callait, Sarah McLachlan, the Indigo Girls, and Joan Baez.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. For This
3:10 $0.99
2. Bobby Joe Plays Violin
4:04 $0.99
3. What If I Was Serious?
1:52 $0.99
4. Valerie
4:25 $0.99
5. What Did I Do?
2:32 $0.99
6. Twenty Years to Life
3:33 $0.99
7. Learn You Like a Book
3:48 $0.99
8. Girlfriend of the Band
2:51 $0.99
9. I Wonder What You See
2:52 $0.99
10. Crybaby
3:36 $0.99
11. Lilly's Verses
3:20 $0.99
12. Never Say 'I Do'
2:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Do you like being pleasantly surprised? Or taking a chance on something new that totally thrills you? Tired of buying CDs that have only one or two great songs?


Frank Goodman of wrote, "All fans of good songwriting should pick this record up and catch the rise of a new voice. This songwriter is going places."


Texas singer/songwriter Tricia Mitchell's first solo album is called "Purple Room," and it was produced and engineered by Dallas-based singer/songwriter Colin Boyd. The project began with some recording equipment in the extra bedroom in Mitchell's Houston house, which was painted purple.

Mitchell's music is a fusion of pop, folk, and country. Naming influences such as Elvis Costello, Ron Sexsmith, Bruce Springsteen, and Lucinda Williams, she describes her songs, "I strive for catchy melodies, and lyrics that depict the strength in being and remaining emotionally vulnerable. I enjoy writing very simply-structured songs that draw an audience into a complex moment."




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Great Work
Tricia sounds like another Mitchell of whom I am a fan: Joni. While Tricia's song structures are not as complicated as Joni can be I hear the same amount of intelligence in the lyrics; very cleverly crafted in that each song tells a clear story. I love the simplicity of the songs. It is very refreshing.

Frank Goodman

"All fans of good songwriting should pick this record up and catch the rise of a
The spark and originality of a great writer coming into her own is immediately apparent and consistent through this Texas debut. We became aware of Tricia Mitchell in our interview this month with Sara Hickman, who covered two Tricia co-writes on "Motherlode."

Stylistically, "Purple Room" is unabashedly all over the place, but not without the charms of eclecticism. I love the tune "Learn You Like A Book," written with producer Colin Boyd. His playing is not exactly my cup of tea, nor is the sonic atmosphere of the record--much of it sounds like it was recorded on a multi-track cassette in somebody's house, by people with very good songs who play pretty good. Many find that kind of thing endearing, I'm just not usually one of them.

Nonetheless, the open-faced allure of Tricia Mitchell is indeed revealed, and the artist and producer get kudos for that. Besides "Learn You Like A Book," the other tune that Sara Hickman covered, "Twenty Years To Life" (co-written with the mighty talented Monte Warden, veteran of many cuts including the George Strait hit "Desperately," and several records with the seminal alt-country group The Wagoneers), gets an excellent read here. Another noteworthy departure from that grave tune is "Girlfriend Of The Band."

Milo Deering contributes some very spirited tracks on pedal steel, violin, and mandolin; his pedal steel appearances on "Bobby Joe Plays The Violin" and "Lilly's Verses" bring a new ambience to the sessions.

Tricia Mitchell is curiously self-assured on this debut, and sounds vocally like she has several records under her belt. She's in full possession of her songs, and her delivery is very present. All fans of good songwriting should pick this record up and catch the rise of a new voice. This songwriter is going places.

Dave Pyndus

A Wealth of Styles and Moods
The girl powrrr precociousness displayed on assertive opener “For This” gives way to a wealth of styles and moods. Tricia Mitchell’s not afraid to tackle Texas country (“Bobby Joe Plays Violin” and “Never Say I Do”), though the Houston native really excels at new wave power pop (“Valerie,” “Learn You Like A Book,” or what could have been a fine Blondie B-side, “Crybaby”). Produced by Colin Boyd, who also supplies guitar, bass and harmony vocals, Mitchell’s heart seems to reside with a singer-songwriter ethic, though when she gets too personal things get shaky. Her tale of spousal abuse “Twenty Years to Life,” which earns points for descriptions of physical pain but misses the mark emotionally, is a prime example of a song that doesn’t work despite hard won integrity. "Purple Room" is an album of self-expression (many songs were recorded in a purple room of her South Texas home) that proves some of the most unexpected surprises can come from just about anywhere.

Lisa Fancher

I love being pleasantly surprised!
I love being pleasantly surprised! Not that I didn't expect a good record; I just wasn't expecting the rockin' pop arrangements and definitely not the twang of the last song. It's very good. I like the upbeat feel of the songs that could have been so sad.

Mitchell shows her Costello influence with unusual melodies with big intervals--and reflects that influence without at all copying anything that he did.
My favorites so far are 'Learn You Like a Book' and 'Never Say 'I Do'.

William Sederholm

'Purple Room' is Wonderful!
'Purple Room' is wonderful! I'll be sharing it with folks as quickly as I can & urging them to buy it: $10 is quite a bargain.

I'm totally impressed with the whole package: lyrics, musically, you name it. I'm very very picky about music, so it says a lot that 'Purple Room' hooked me so fast.

David Fishken

I LOVE Everything On this CD!
I LOVE everything on this CD!--the songs, their melodies and lyrics, the vocals, the quirky and endearing harmonies, the rhythms, the Debbie Harry thing, the youthfulness interwoven with the maturity, the fun and the sadness, the variation across songs, the production, the mix, the instrumentation choices (was that an electric jaw (Jews) harp?).

I listened to it twice today while driving and will do the same tomorrow.


12 Tracks of Unforgettable Original Music
Stand back, open your ears, and really listen to this woman. Her solo album, “Purple Room,” demands it from every angle. With its 12 solid tracks, professional recording quality, synchronistic instrumentation, and clear crisp vocals, the album is a powerhouse of personal expression.

The first thing you get about the recording itself is how crisp and perfect it is. It almost makes you jealous. Every track is clean and superbly mixed.

Tricia at times seems to venture in seemingly opposite directions, holding the line tight and steady with her experienced voice. On the Purple Room album, she starts off with a little song of hope and and being on the cusp of something great with “For This,” then somehow is able to pull the listener into “Bobby Joe Plays Violin,” which could most easily be compared to bluegrassy songs of old. Because her voice easily adapts to difficult and different styles, for the most part, there is no turbulence for the listener in the transitions. Her more quirky songs, like “Valerie” (a hello/goodbye song to a friend lost in a plane accident – really more of a celebration of the friend than anything somber) and “Girlfriend of the Band” (a parody song about dating a drummer) are definitely influenced by the great masterpieces of Elvis Costello. Her voice itself is a mix of Dar Williams and Sheryl Crow. Innocence meets experience. Tricia’s got the practiced and tightly reined vocals of a true pro.

Tricia Mitchell’s Purple Room contains 12 tracks of unforgettable original music.

Tricia understands commitment to her vision. You can hear it in her voice. Tricia seems to understand her art form and has a vision of what it looks like and what it sounds like. In my opinion, she’ll only progress from this point on – most likely to that “next level”, which, if Purple Room is any example of her overall sound and skill, she’s more than ready for. I have no problem placing her among some of my favorite “chick rock” musicians. In fact, this is really a chick worth checking out.

Sara Hickman

I have played 'Purple Room' over and over...on my stereo, and in my mind. Tricia has captured herself on CD the way seasoned veterans wish they could: with eyes and heart wide open, first take.

Spike Gillespie

I loved Tricia Mitchell’s Purple Room on the first listen. I loved it even more on the second listen. The singer, the songwriting, the whole of it is an incredible journey to a place peopled with the hopeless, the hopelessly optimistic, and every sort of character in between.