Kentucky Jamaican: Owensboro Country Singer Releases Ambitious Debut Album
I first met Mitchell Douglas last summer. He showed up for a preliminary audition for WBKR's Friday Night Fight, our talent contest we host in partnership with Friday After 5. I knew Mitchell planned to audition because I was alerted by his friend Keaton. See, Keaton had already become a fan and was there, along with a bunch of other friends and family, to cheer Mitchell on.
It worked. Mitchell won his prelim with a rousing rendition of his original song "Kentucky Jamaican." Singing an original song at a talent audition is not typically a good idea. If you're going to take that approach, you better hope your song is good enough to play in front of a crowd that's never heard it. Mitchell's song wasn't good. It was GREAT! The folks who knew the song already sang along with him. The folks that didn't know it immediately picked up on the rhythm and lyrics and the banks of the Ohio River quickly turned into the beaches of Montego Bay.
Since that time, the Owensboro singer/songwriter has been working on his debut album. He spent about six months writing the ten tracks included on the release and another six months in the recording studio. By the way, he worked with Matt Gray at Gray Sky Music on recording, producing and mixing the project.
That album, called Easier Said Than Done, just released to all streaming platforms.
As I mentioned, the album features ten tracks. Here's the official listing:
1) DEVIL IN DISGUISE
2) GOOD GIRL
3) THAT'S WHAT BOURBON'S FOR
4) MAKE ME FEEL HOME (featuring Cam Thompson)
6) KENTUCKY JAMAICAN
7) GIRL I KNEW BEFORE
8) THE LONG HAUL
9) THERE'S GONNA BE SOME DAYS
10) WHEN IT RAINS (Acoustic Session)
Mitchell says initial response to the project has been strong and all the songs seem to being doing "pretty well thus far."
There's no doubt that a fan favorite is the duet with fellow aspiring country singer Cam Thompson, who's also from right here in Owensboro.
Here's a sneak preview:
This morning, Mitchell visited the WBKR studios and performed a couple of tracks from the album. Here's "Kentucky Jamaican."
He also performed what he calls his favorite song from the project- "That's What Bourbon's For."