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President of Folklore Productions International, which has, for 50 years, worked with roots music artists in a variety of capacities, including management, booking, publishing and production.
A product of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, folk music scene, Mitch recorded two albums for the Prestige label in the 1960's. He also accompanied Rosalie Sorrels on her seminal album If I Could Be The Rain. Towards the end of the decade, he drifted west and, with Mark Spoelstra and Mayne Smith, formed the country-rock band Frontier. After Frontier disbanded, Mitch worked as lead guitarist in a number of Northern California honky-tonks, and continued as a studio guitarist and producer with other artists, including Dave Van Ronk and Eric von Schmidt. In 1976 he joined his father at Folklore Productions, where he worked as agent and/or manager for Doc & Merle Watson, Taj Mahal and others. He produced albums for the Watsons (including one Grammy-winner), and also for John Renbourn, Rosalie Sorrels, Robin Flower and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Resuming their performing and songwriting partnership, Mitch Greenhill & Mayne Smith released two albums and toured Britain and Italy.
In the mid-1980's, Mitchell began Folklore Productions' involvement in theater. On Broadway, he composed original music for An Almost Holy Picture, a dramatic play starring Kevin Bacon. At the Mark Taper Forum, The Waiting Room (mainstage, 1994) and Getting Away With Murder (cabaret, 1992) were recognized by Drama-Logue Awards for sound design and original music, respectively. At South Coast Repertory his 1997 work on Sidney Bechet Killed A Man also received a Drama-Logue Award. Film credits include Walter Hill's The Long Riders and Todd Haynes' Safe.
Mitch's early Prestige recordings have been reissued on Fantasy as Shepherd of the City Blues. Also available on CD are Storm Coming and Back Where We've Never Been, by Mitch Greenhill & Mayne Smith.