January 16, 2010
He’s back with a bucket truck of new songs and tales of woe.
Mark Brown’s songs give voice to craftsmen, broken-hearted mechanics, heavy equipment operators, squatters and girls with their dirt bikes. Mark got his first Johnny Cash record when he was 6 years old, and wore it out in short order. A blacksmith 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 decade or two; writing interesting, carefully crafted songs that maintain a soulful integrity, while never taking themselves too seriously. Backing up Mark is pedal-steel player extraordinaire Fooch Fischetti, bassist John Hughes, and the versatile Dean Jones on everything else. When the band begins to play the room fills with dust, tarpaper shacks and decrepit farm machinery.
“Mark Brown may well be the preeminent songwriter of the Hudson Valley.” –Cafe Guide
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