In 2008, Stages instructor Mitch Treger suffered a traumatic brain injury. The accident forced Mitch to relearn everything over again including standing, typing and playing the guitar. In 2018 he’ll release his first studio album in over 15 years.
Recorded and mixed in Studio B by Evan Kornblum, the album, “Plus4”, includes former bandmates Leland Nakamura (drums) and Peter Fraize (sax).
From ‘93–’03, Mitch (vocals, guitar), Leland, and Peter toured and recorded with original rock band, The Emptys. Based in D.C., the band also consisted of Jeff Reiche (bass) and Doug Derryberry (lead guitar), who made his mark as producer, engineer for artists like Dave Matthews Band, Ben Folds Five and John Mayer.
Despite Mitch’s success with the Emptys, it wasn’t until after his accident that he became, as he describes, “a serious musician.” He explains, "In a way, the brain injury was the greatest thing for me as a musician to finally grow because I feel like what it did was shake up my whole frame of reference of what I was doing in the world to actually give me direction.”
Mitch attributes the majority of his recovery to music. He says, "Music opens up neural pathways in ways you don't even know. After the accident, there were ways in which I was totally in every direction and I feel like playing helped my neural channels become more focused.” Upon returning home from the hospital, he immediately began writing songs and relearning guitar techniques. In fact, Mitch wrote much of “Plus4” during his recovery. “Songwriting is sort of like shaping a little bit of chaos. It’s welcoming that something is taking shape.”
We hope you join us in welcoming Mitch’s release on Friday December 7th at 9:30PM at Koopers North.