With too many years of musical experience to count, Bob Mittnacht is embarking on a solo career in an effort to put a long overdue focus on his original music and impressions of life which he has gathered over the years. The results can be found in the mix of rock, alt-country and blues influences that you will hear in Bob Mittnacht and The Crowning Glories.
Born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Bob’s musical interests were cultivated at a very young age listening to his parents who both had a musical performing background. There was always music heard around the house as he was growing up either from his piano playing kindergarten teacher mom or his funeral director dad who had been a big band drummer with a touring army band during World War II.
Bob’s interest in rock music can be best traced back to that Sunday night in February of 1964 when The Beatles invaded America through television sets across the country on the Ed Sullivan show. Shortly thereafter he started amassing a collection of vinyl 45rpm singles which in turn lead to his interest in playing music. His first band, Myst was formed with some high school friends during the late 60’s and early 70’s. This group with some line-up changes evolved into a follow-up group Mad Hatter, both of which dabbled in original music along with the blues-rock and pop covers of the day.
Throughout his musical journey Bob Mittnacht has continued to write and intersperse his original music into the live performances and recording efforts of a variety of bands he has performed with over the years. Some of them included Centerline, Fly By Night, Network, Lavish Means, Beam and The Schwags to name a few. These bands covered a wide spectrum of musical styles and as a result, provided influences which can be heard throughout Bob’s songwriting today. As it goes in the band business however, none of these groups ever stayed together long enough to release any of the original material that was written and recorded. This frustration, lead to Bob’s eventual decision to pursue a solo career.
Bob Mittnacht and his band The Crowning Glories first got together in early 2006. The band brings together some of the best players Bob has worked with over his many years making music including John Barrett on drums and backing vocals, Shane Loy on bass and backing vocals and Larry Byrne on organ and piano. Bob handles all of the guitar work and lead vocals.
With a catalog of original material written in recent years, Bob Mittnacht and The Crowning Glories spent the summer of 2006 recording their self-titled debut album at Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin with Brandon Mason (Norah Jones, Bono, David Bowie, Martha Wainwright, Tim McGraw, Joan Baez and The Secret Machines) handling the engineering and mixing duties. Additional recording was done by Beau Sorenson at Smart Studios and the project was mastered by Trevor Sadler at Mastermind Productions in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The CD was released December 5, 2006 on Lavish Means Records and the band performs and tours on a regular basis.