June 26, 2015
Come on out and join Mark Brown, along with Dean Jones, Ken McGloin and John Parker; as they dust up the Cafe with the release of Mark’s new CD, “Skin and Bone”.
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 his characters, he’s been around: after growing up in Maryland, Mark’s done some farming, worked as a mechanic, spent years as a commercial fisherman in the northern Pacific, and worked as a carpenter in the northeastern US. These experiences have influenced his music the way an oak cask influences good whiskey.
Mark got his first Johnny Cash record when he was 6 years old, and wore it out in short order. A farrier took him to his first Tom Waits show in 1975, and that set fire to the barn, flipped the car in the ditch, and started Mark on his own musical career. Mark has been writing, playing and performing for the last 25 years… writing interesting, carefully crafted songs that maintain a soulful integrity, while never taking themselves too seriously.
You can read Mark Morganstern’s review of the album here: http://unclebuckle.com/review-of-skin-and-bone-mark-morganstern/
“Mark Brown may well be the preeminent songwriter of the Hudson Valley.” –Cafe Guide
“Mark Brown writes songs that stick like a knife in the heart. His is a a voice of hardship, full of ruts and shakes, kicking up emotion in every line of every cut.” –M. Morganstern
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