Mitch Grainger infuses the Blues & Roots genre’s traditional styling’s with a confidence, and depth of spirit, that has seen him compared to the likes of Robert Johnson* by American music critics.
No overnight sensation, this accolade came after over 25 years of performing and recording predominantly as a side-man with some of Australia and the world’s greatest blues and blues-rock artists.
Beginning his career at just age fourteen playing harmonica and guitar in the bars of Balmain in Sydney, Mitch Grainger spent his teens honing his craft as a side-man, by jamming with fellow high school mates CW Stoneking, Alex Lloyd and later The Bondi Cigars, who toured every inch of Australia three weeks out of four, and had Mitch playing all the major Australian blues festivals multiple times over before he had turned twenty one.
Balmain was fertile ground, and if not for being born here Mitch’s life may have taken a totally different path. One night at The Bridge Hotel in Balmain, Malcolm Young of AC/DC who also lived in the area walked in and saw Mitch Grainger playing, this led to a long term friendship and the introduction of Mitch to the Albert’s productions family and one of Malcolm’s mentors, the legendary Australian producer Harry Vanda...