The Jared Mitchell Band is unlike any other county-influenced genre band. Where many of these particular bands adhere to a certain sound, such as Red Dirt, Texas Country, Southern Rock-Country, Americana/Alt-Country, Neo-Traditional Country, and the Nashville Sound, JMB intertwines all of these stems of country music together for a vast spectrum of sounds ranging from David Allen Coe to Turnpike Troubadours. JMB is often part-genius and part-adventurous as they reach beyond cross genre-divided lines to produce different and oddly satisfying mix-ups of cover songs. For instance, listeners might hear an almost dreary guitar riff before John Anderson’s “Seminole Wind,” but after the initial opening of the song, the band could jump right into Indie-Pop band Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks.” Or, they might just slip into one of their originals, something from the days of yore when the band was called Spur 503, or something new and hot off the songwriters’ pens.
The Jared Mitchell band is bringing all that and much more to the 5th in the Music in the Park series Tuesday night. Bring your lawn chairs, Texas Star Bank brings plenty of free cold bottled water, and if it rains, the concert will move inside to Jafar’s Mediterranean Grill on East Marshall. And it’s all free, especially thanks to sponsors Van Alstyne Community Development Corporation and Texas Star Bank.
The Jared Mitchell Band originally began as Spur 503 in the early 2000s and has been performing under the current name for the past several years, after Spur’s lead singer Chance Cody handed over those reins to Jared Mitchell, who was then adding harmonies and plucking his guitar. Now, it’s Jared on lead vocals and Chance adding those harmonies and plucking away. This veteran band also has added Kirby Kelley, who hailed as Guitar Center’s King of the Blues champion in 2009.
Three of the original founders of Spur 503 transitioned with JMB, Cody, percussionist Adam Doty, and sound engineer Bryan (Lil’ B) Willis. Johnny Waitt adds the bass notes and rhythm. Spur 503 toured with anyone and everyone in all strands of country music, including Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Gary P. Nunn, Daryl Dodd, and Randy Rogers Band. And now, as Jared Mitchell Band, those opening slots just keep adding up.
When asked what it was like to take the reins of the bandwagon, Mitchell said, “That’s a tough question. There is no better group of guys that I would have a band with. I’ve been fortunate enough to not have to go out and piece together a band – Chance, Adam, and Lil’ B handed me the 1,000-piece puzzle, and it’s nearly completed. Just gotta added the missing pieces, new songs.”
The Railcar Farmers Market sets up at the Interurban Park, South Main and East Marshall, at 4 p.m., and will remain open until the music is complete, which runs from 6:30-8 p.m.