What others say about Lu Mitchell|
Steal: Lu Mitchell is Our Favorite Crazy-Ass Grandma
"The musical version of Molly Ivins, Lu Mitchell looks like someone’s crazy-ass grandma, replete with a gray bowl haircut enormous, out of style red-rimmed eyeglasses that would better suit Mrs. Roper than a social critic. At first, when you hear the twang of her band Catch-23 and the old-school Americana roots-y twang in her voice, you assume her show will probably be just about as fun as watching granny’s organ recital at the local Baptist church. But Mitchell will surprise you—her songs are just as down-home, rootin’ tootin’ groovy as anything you’d hear at the All Good Café or Poor David’s, and her lyrics are less shtick-y than they are insightful. Take 'Love on the Internet,' the story of a couple who meets online and falls in love, only to have the love crushed due to the mores of Dallas social structure, as outlined by the highway system: 'She wrote/ Why not come to my house for the evening/ We’ll send out for pizza, watch a video/ He was eager, til he found she lived in Plano/ and north of Loop 12 he would not go/ Oh, it’s a sad, sad tale of one city/ where status draws the line I hate to say/ He would not go north of Northwest Highway/ She would not go south of LBJ.' This, from Mitchell’s excellent album I’m Not Martha Stewart.
Jonanna Widner, The Dallas Observer, November 1, 2007
"With Tom Lehrer long absent from the musical-satire scene, we rely more than ever on local folkies such as Lu Mitchell to make sense and nonsense of current events. Just in time, Dallas-based Lu will make one of her too-rare Tarrant County appearances Sunday at Fort Worth's Jefferson Freedom Cafe."
Perry Stewart, Ft. Worth Star Telegram, March 10, 2006
"...Lu Mitchell is a funny gal who...cocks a saucy, irreverent eye at our mad, mad, mad world... like a banshee zonked on truth serum."
Music Critic Grover Lewis
"Lu Mitchell was one of the earliest influences on my career. When I was only17 years old Lu was actively singing and playing guitar in the Dallas area, making everyone aware of the impact that a good song can have on society in general. One thing we always loved about Lu was her humor, her satirical style, and her ability to keep her head during her performance. Her style is ageless. She is as fresh today as she was many years ago when I was a kid in high school."
Michael Martin Murphy, from the liner notes on the album "Chant of the Rat Race."
"They'll probably be singing Lu Mitchell's songs around the fire in summer camp around 2049. That's if by then young campers sing about old women caught growing marijuana or young women aspiring to be misbehaving White House interns..."
Lawson Taitte in "The Dallas Morning News," Sept. 16, 1999.
"... Lu's recordings and songbook... all full of her wise, witty and wonderful social commentary... Lu is able to channel strong feelings about the corporate world, the Christian right and the medical profession -- to name a few of the targets -- into clever and catchy songs, never sounding mean-spirited or superior... she flails the sacred cows of our society in high good spirits."
Faith Petric, Folknik, Newsletter of the San Francisco Folk Music Club
"...Her highly developed sense of the absurd keeps her satire fresh and sharp without being bitter. In the tradition of Tom Paxton and Tom Lehrer, Mitchell takes the "ire" out of "satire," writing with wry wit and whimsy of things frustrating to us all...."
Cathy Gould, Buddy Magazine
"...she is a kind of Erma Bombeck of the folk circuit... whose plucky wit and strong delivery of satirical commentary folksongs belie her age..."
Susan Pena, "Eagle-Times," Bethlehem, PA