By: David DiPino Contributing Writer
After the birth of his son, Roots Rock musician and Delray Beach resident Mitch Herrick wanted to focus on playing more gigs at home.
That brought Mitch Herrick & The Homegrown Sinners band to Avant Delray on a recent Friday night.
Herrick has toured nationally with an all original band before starting The Homegrown Sinners. While Herrick has a large catalog of originals ready for the road, but since becoming a dad, he is looking into booking opportunities closer to home.
“Since my wife and I had a baby 16 months ago, I’ve decided I really want to focus on playing close to home, so we do much more cover music here in South Florida. I just think that this market likes to hear many different types of music that they already know and want to please the audience every night. Of course, when it’s called for and the time is right, I still love to break out the original songs. I had a guy come to the Dubliner Irish Pub and request a bunch of originals the other night. Love when that happens,” Herrick said.
Herrick defines his sound as “Roots Rock.”
“We try to a little bit of everything like Funk, Soul, Classic Rock, R&B, Grunge, Alternative, Folk and Folk Rock, and of course Americana, even some Reggae. Everything from Stevie Wonder to Jimi Hendrix to The Black Crowes to Neil Young to The Rolling Stones to The Eagles to Bob Marley to Dave Matthews Band to Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers,” he said. “I would say Roots Rock or a.k.a. Americana is a mix of Blues, Folk, Folk rock and Southern Rock and all of the root forms of rock music that we have come to know.”
Today, he emulates icons like Neil Young, Chris Robinson, and Dave Matthews; but there are new guys on the scene that he draws inspiration from too, like Joe Pug, Gregory Allan Izakov, and Joey Landreth.
“I came from a family of piano players, so naturally I took up anything different. I started on the sax when I was about 6-years-old. I still played the guitar during that time though, but was really into the saxophone until I got older and realized that chicks didn’t dig the sax,” Herrick said.
The line-up for Mitch Herrick & The Homegrown Sinners changes often, a nod to the thriving local music scene.
“I just checked the lineup the other day and we are up to 20 players total now. In order to have the best on a local level, I quickly realized that the best is busy, so I was going to need a deep bench. You will always find four of five of us together on a stage at least twice a week,” he said.
Band members have played with everybody from James Brown to Gloria Estefan, John Secada, Pink and Santana.
Herrick plays between 275-300 shows per year between solo, duo, trio and full band work.
“My biggest passion at this point in my life is my family. I’m lucky enough to be married to a beautiful, amazing woman, and our new little guy of 16 months has been an absolute blessing. Beyond family and music, I played ice hockey for most of my life and it’s still an obsession. I eventually would like to record a new album and get a select group of players back on the road to tour the original music again. The artistic side of music always has its claws in me.”
For more information visit: www.mitchherrick.com