Ken Leighton 12:30 p.m., Feb. 21
RIYL: Eric Johnson, Steve Hackett, Steve Morse, Larry Carlton, Lee Rittenour, Les Dudek, Robin Trower
Influences: Eric Johnson, the Edge, Jeff Thall, Steve Stevens, Nile Rogers, Prince, Neal Schon, Steve Via, Andy Timmons, Andy Summers, Prince, Kings X, Dan Reed Network, Tony James, Jeff Coplan; producers Nile Rogers, Daniel Lanois, Jeff Coplan, Trevor Horn, and John Kurzweg
Larry Mitchell is a solo artist, sideman, songwriter, and music producer. As a solo artist, he has released six guitar instrumental albums, ranging from mellow acoustic to scorching rock arrangements.
In 1999, he was named Best Pop Jazz Artist at the San Diego Music Awards, and in 1986 and 1987 he won the New York City Limelight Guitar solo contest. Mitchell has been endorsed by Ibanez guitars, D'Adarrio strings, and DiMarzio pickups since the mid-'80s.
As producer, Mitchell has won many production and engineering awards in various categories such as adult contemporary, pop, R&B, and rap. Mitchell won a 2008 Grammy for coproducing the album Totemic Flute Chants: Johnny Whitehorse, released on Silver Wav Records, in the Native American category.
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