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Paul Mark's first solo instrumental acoustic guitar album. A lyrics-free, finger-picked tribute to the legendary, long-gone country bluesmen of the south whose tonality and soul permeate all of Mark's recordings. Influences include Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake, Rev. Gary Davis and Blind Willie McTell, to revivalists such as John Fahey and Leo Kottke.
"Mark's fans will do a double-take after hearing 'Roadside Americana'. Then they'll play it again...Reflective and introspective, [it's] clearly a labor of love."
- Viginian-Pilot, Virginia Beach
Paul Mark's first solo instrumental release, "Roadside Americana" is the moody precursor to his later instrumental release "Mirage Cartography". It's a sweeping all-acoustic guitar, no-vocals collection combining elements of country blues, ragtime and old-timey Americana. The sound marks an introspective u-turn away from the Van Dorens' roadhouse uproar, with Mark performing alone with nothing but his acoustic guitar.
A beautiful and quirky departure that's oddly rhythmic and sweetly melodic, "Roadside Americana" takes an introspective turn into the strange and tuneful expanse of the American wilderness. After fronting Paul Mark & the Van Dorens for more than a decade, whodathunk this wild-eyed front man would head for the tranquility of the backwoods?
Mark's a guitarist's guitarist. Players are invariably are drawn in by the unorthodoxed tunings, odd finger-picked patterns and inventive structures of Roadside Americana. Straight-up listeners are taken by the simple charms and relentless tunefulness of these tracks.
The tracks on Roadside Americana are right up there with the most downloaded of all Paul Mark's recordings.
released June 1, 1999
Produced by Paul Mark
Recorded at Firehouse Studios, New York City
Engineer: Yoram Vazan
Mixed by John Hampton, Ardent Studios, Memphis TN
Mastered by Scott Hull, Masterdisk
Triple-threat songwriter-musician-producer Paul Mark has been turning the heads of critics and barflies for decades. With a
striking lyrical edge and an encyclopedic facility with American roots music, NYC-based Paul Mark has built a top-drawer original song catalog that tugs on the ears of the literary as well as the liquidated. Mark is principal owner of Radiation Records....more