Mitch Rossell’s “2020” continues to draw a groundswell of support for the rising country star nearly a month into the new year, with a February 11th Greenville, SC show – his first of the year – selling out before the singer-songwriter even had a chance to promote it. As “2020” racks up over 350,000 views and counting on YouTube and almost 250,000 on Spotify (not to mention a number one debut on the iTunes Country Chart) and a growing word-of-mouth campaign on terrestrial radio, Rossell has been invited to perform the song and others as part of SPIN’s “Lullaby” performance series on their Instagram page this Thursday at 8pm CST.
A new Billboard feature this week references the song, and Rossell, as country music “healers” alongside country icons like Tim McGraw, Tyler Hubbard, Rosanne Cash, and Steve Earle as well as Rossell’s collaborator and Country Music Hall of Famer Garth Brooks, who scored his first No. 1 hit in seven years with a Rossell-penned single “Ask Me How I Know” in 2016 subsequently took him out as an opening act on his world tour. Billboard singles out the grassroots radio success of “2020” as “a notable accomplishment for an indie country artist” while painting the “political and patriotic colors” of the song as a key landmark in a growing country music movement.
Accompanied only by celebrated studio ace Gordon Mote on piano, Rossell’s masterful solo composition is a prayer for healing after “the devil’s … been bullying us all year” and a plea to “bridge the line that’s drawn across this country before hindsight’s 20/20.” Its eloquent simplicity resonated quickly in the wake of its Dec. 29, 2020 release. Within days it had rocketed to No. 1 on the iTunes Country Genre Chart and lodged at No. 5 on its All Genre Chart.
“It’s been absolutely incredible watching “2020” explode across social media. Lately, it’s hard to find much positivity in the climate of division we’re living in. But seeing people from all walks of life rally around this song has shown me that we can be Americans first, once again. At the end of the day, I think we’re a lot more alike than we realize, and it’s my hope and prayer that we continue to see that truth. I’m so humbled and honored that God gave me the privilege of being a vessel for this song,” Mitch said.