November 23, 2019
Local songwriter Mark Brown will be joined by his longtime band members and friends Ken McGloin, Dean Jones, and Mark Murphy. Come join us if you can for an evening of hometown fun.
When you first listen to Mark Brown, you might find yourself wondering where he’s been and why it took him so long to get here. Combining a sharp eye with a sly sense of humor reminiscent of John Prine, Mark makes songs that hail from everywhere, incorporating ballads, cowboy songs, jigs, sideshow melodies, and field hollers. His songs give voice to craftsmen, broken-hearted mechanics, heavy equipment operators, squatters, and girls with their dirt bikes. Like many of the characters in his songs, Mark has been around: after growing up in Maryland, Mark did some farming, spent years as a commercial fisherman in the northern Pacific, worked as mechanic and a carpenter. Mark got his first first Johnny Cash record at six years old and he wore it out. Seeing a Tom Waits show in 1975 inspired Mark’s musical career. He’s been writing, playing, and performing since then, with carefully crafted songs that maintain a soulful integrity leveled with a rye sense of humor.
“Brown’s latest album opens with his voice sitting on top of a strident banjo motif, some distorted guitar and hard percussion. It sets the listener up for something a little out of the ordinary and a long way from the honky-tonks… the words as they do throughout, have a directness that underscores their effectiveness, specially when delivered in Brown’s hard scrabble and road-worn voices of the ages.” –Stephen Rapid, Lonesome Highway (Ireland)
“…Mark sings mostly about the small everyday things that can make life delightful (or difficult); about larger-than-life emotions (without melodrama)… and then again I often had the feeling that he might be singing the lyrics with a wink.” –Marcus Kerren, Rock Times (Germany, translated)
“Bitter ballads and stories with a pinch of irony… solid songwriting and an air of an authentic troubadour without taking itself to seriously. Mark is a great artisan of Americana with years of hard work on his shoulders… and you can feel the difference.” –Roots Highway, (Italy, translated)
“Mark Brown populates his stories with diverse characters who are not at all easy to place, but because of that all the more plausible and fascinating.” –Ctrl.Alt.Country, (Netherlands, translated)
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