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His self title debut album not only features Mitch's writing and singing, but the cover is a painting by his own hand. Playing music and painting have a lot of similarities, but the most important is that the emphasis is on expression, not perfection. When you look at a painting in person, you can see the brushstrokes, the texture of the paint, and depth of colors. A photograph just isn't the same.
The "Mitch Mallahan" record features some great musicians who were given the chance to express themselves through their own instruments. While expertly mixed and mastered, the brushstrokes are still there. Expressing the emotion and feeling the groove were paramount. In today's world of auto tune and elastic time, this album stresses the human element over digital processing. Art, life, and music are messy, embrace the brushstrokes...