Garth Brooks could have just about anyone he wanted join him as an opening act on his ongoing World Tour. That’s why you might be surprised to learn that the guy taking that gig was playing in a bar at the airport just before he joined Garth on tour.
A few years back, singer-songwriter Mitch Rossell learned that Garth Brooks had an email account set up for new writers to pitch him songs. Since Garth has always been his musical hero, Mitch submitted a few songs and was shocked when Garth himself took the time to write him back.
Garth ended up talking about Mitch’s music to just about everyone who would listen during his business meetings in Nashville. Garth even recorded one of Mitch’s songs, “Ask Me How I Know,” on his new album, “Gunslinger.”
Mitch tells Rare Country, “We’ve built a relationship over the last couple years. Started writing together and hanging out in the studio. One thing led to another, and he welcomed me out on tour.”
As you can tell from this clip shot on Mitch’s birthday, Garth and his team have really made the newcomer feel welcome on the road. They’ve even given him the facetious nickname, “Diva,” since Mitch goes out of his way to stay low-key and not ask for anything from the road crew.
Mitch tells us, “As the new guy, I’m just happy to be there. I’ll do whatever you need me to do. I’ll sweep the floor. I’ll take out the trash. Whatever you need me to do, I’ll do. Just because I’m the artist doesn’t mean I’m above anyone on this tour. I never ask for anything. If they put me in a closet for my dressing room, I’m fine.”
While he may be quiet with his demands, Mitch speaks pretty loudly when it comes to his admiration for his mentor. According to the newcomer, Garth Brooks leads by example when it comes to working hard and treating everyone around you with respect.
Says Mitch, “[Garth] is just the most down-to-earth, humble, approachable, kind-hearted individual you’ll ever meet. He’s pushed me in that way even more. Even if you’re having a bad day, he’s taught me to always be kind to people and make time for people.”
Mitch has posted several performance videos from his time on the Garth Brooks World Tour, including this recent tribute to our troops on Veterans Day.
You can check out Mitch’s EP, “Raised by the Radio,” here.