Justin Mychals father loved to tell the stories of the mountains and the families that lived there. Many a night was spent with the grownups sittin’ in the dark tellin’ tales of the older generation while Justin, being of the younger geneation, sat on the floor and listened. And listened he did! Those old mountain and family stories are the cornerstone of his latest release, “Mandolin Mornin”!
The title cut is an uplifting start to everyone’s morning starting the day off with a cup of coffee and a little tune on the mandolin while enjoying the fresh air and stunning mountain landscape of East Tennessee. “Miners and Shiners” is a chilling biography of Justin’s Grandpa Rose and his entrepreneurial moonshine venture. The song tells of a land where in the 1920’s there are only two ways to make a living, coalmining and moonshining. Grandpa Rose chose the latter which landed him in jail and sent Rose’s 11 year old son, Justin’s father, to the coalmines to provide for his 4 siblings and forced them to fend for themselves. Rose also wrote most of the lyrics to “In the Pen In Richmond VA. The verses were written in 1927 by Rose while in the Virginia State Pen. The original lyrics were later found in some family papers. Justin finished the song by adding the music and a chorus Rose’s original verse some 87 years earlier. With a haunting melody it is another fascinating side of the story started in Miners and Shiners. A co-write for Justin with his grandfather whom he never met.
Justin goes back to his youth and his first kiss in “Will You Come Back to Me”. He shares his love of the road with the ones he loves wondering what the “Forever Rainbow” holds for his family. His wonderment and love for an old musician that wanders the streets as he watches him serenade the mannequins on Main Street in his tribute to “Ramblin’ Paul”. The entire album speaks to the life that most of have lived with laughter, regrets, triumphs, tragedies, family and love!
Justin Mychals crafts a story to make the songs jump out of the speakers and dance in front of the listener. Falling in love with the characters and the songs the listener never wants the story to end. He’s a storied Americana musician with just enough Mountain/Folk influences to give that “down home, sit on the front porch” feelin to end your day just right!
Raised as a “City Hillbilly” in East Tennessee, Justin’s musical heritage looks like the spokes on a wagon wheel. Exploding from the center and forever goin’ ‘round and ‘round. Listening to the Grand Ole Opry every Saturday night in bed between his parents and then dancing to the Motown and Beatles his siblings had playing on the old Magnovox built the foundation of the wheel. The Blues and Rock n Roll of his teenage years exploded the spokes. His Daddy bought him his first Sears guitar at the age of 7! He’s been rollin’ ever since!
His constant touring of the last 21 years has turned Justin Mychals into a seasoned and storied Singer/Songwriter/Entertainer. As people leave a Justin Mychals show you hear time and again:
- “I didn’t want the night to end and I just love his stories.”
- “So entertaining”
- “I could listen to his songs all night. A great story teller!”