Many have tried, but very few have succeeded to fuse Rock and Country in a manner palatable to fans of both. Mark Mann easily straddles the line between both creating an unforgettable, catchy sound that’s sure to get every toe in the house tappin’.
Mark Mann was born in Covina, CA but raised in Hattiesburg, MS, the true home of Rock n’ Roll according to the 1960 edition of Rolling Stone’s Illustrated History of Rock n’ Roll. His parents, Christian fundamentalists, all but banned Rock music from his home with “the irony being that mid-70’s Country music and ‘Days of our Lives’ seemed to be ok for a 5 year-old kid,” he says with a laugh.
Mann’s musical career began when he was selected to play bass at his parent’s church when he was 14. He made the switch to guitar within the year and began to expose himself to music that would’ve probably made his mother cringe. “I was able to witness the first days of MTV,” he remembers. “I saw Tom Petty, The Cars, Stevie Nicks etc. I even spent the night with a buddy to catch the debut of Thriller.”
Since then, Mann has logged thousands of hours over the past 15 years behind the guitar and microphone as a performer with Eulogy of the Dog, Eulogy and Opal Dial before flying solo. In 2007, he reunited with a few of his old bandmates for his current solo project. His latest work expands on his past endeavors by combining all the influences of his past in one amazing package.
The influence of musicians such as Tom Petty, U2, Love & Rockets and R.E.M. sit comfortably next to the styles of Jim Croce, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young. As testament to his relentless touring and incredible songwriting, Mann has developed fan bases across the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Denmark, Israel, Argentina and many other countries.
While many musicians start thinking about retirement after nearly 20 years, Mark Mann is just getting started…
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