The Jared Mitchell Band did not disappoint Music in the Park fans Tuesday night. In fact, quite the opposite, judging from the comments made and the number of new fans they made who stayed behind to purchase merchandise, shake their hands, get autographs and say ‘thank you.’ The band closed the 2018 season out with their concert on the Railcar Stage.
Music in the Park will kick off again in May 2019, keeping the same schedule as this year, with concerts on the third Tuesdays of each month. This year, they were scheduled as such to coincide with the Railcar Farmers Market, held each Tuesday at the Interurban Park.
The Jared Mitchell Band consists of Mitchell on lead vocals, Chance Cody on guitar and backup vocals, Johnny Waitt on bass, Adam Doty on drums and backup vocals, and Kirby Kelley on lead guitars.
Mitchell said if it weren’t for these guys, he wouldn’t be a musician. He was a young child when his dad became a minister at a church in Denison. Doty, Fuzzy Smith (their booking agent), and Cody were members of that church and active in its worship, just as Waitt was in its youth band. Then, Cody fronted the band known as Spur 503.
“I joined with Johnny (in the church’s youth band) when I was 11 and played every instrument in the band at some point.”
Then, when he was a young adult, Mitchell got the invite to join Spur 503.
“I seriously can’t imagine where I’d be without them, ‘cause those were the years I learned the most and became interested in music. Because of them.
“Now, years later, we are all still playing music, only it’s my band now. I give them the credit.”
Kelley only recently joined up. He was the 2009 Guitar Center “King of the Blues,” aka national guitar champion, and plays many styles of guitars.
The band played a mix of covers, starting with Jason Isbell’s “Super 8 Motel,” and originals such as their “”Best Thing You Ever Did.” In between, they threw in The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishing In The Dark” and their original “Back to Carolina.” Mitchell told the crowd that song has been played twice on the radio, and elaborated a bit more on that later on. “We played seven originals on The Ranch Roadhouse (106.9 in Corsicana) Sunday and then on Monday morning, I was back and played ‘Back to Carolina’ live there.”
They haven’t recorded a full CD or even an EP yet, but as Spur 503 in years past had several songs on the Texas charts.
This 2018 Music in the Park series started out with four local musicians song-swapping, followed by the Tanner Sparks Band, Tony Ramey solo, Big Joe Walker and his band, all sponsored by various local businesses; and lastly, thanks to sponsors Texas Star Bank and the Community Development Corporation, the Jared Mitchell Band.
Music wise, next up in the city, is Fall der All, Oct. 13, with bands on the Railcar Stage and solo/acoustic performers on the Dorothy Fielder Park gazebo stage. Also, for the first time, Fall der All is hosting a child/youth open mic session on the gazebo that Saturday.