"Out Past the Moon" CD Launch PLAYLIST
Over the past few years Mark Williams has had the pleasure of performing on the same bill as ARLO GUTHRIE and the GUTHRIE FAMILY, STETSON KENNEDY, RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOTT, PIERCE PETIS, STEVE FORBERT, AL LETSON, KELLY JOE PHELPS, WILLY PORTER, TRACY GRAMMER and RANDALL BRAMBLETT.
In 2012 Mark, with Linda Minke, was featured artist on First Coast Living. In 2014 some of Mark's music was featured on the NPR radio show STATE OF THE REUNION.
In November 2004 Mark released his first CD - Ghosts of Eden. He had received an artist grant from The Community Foundation of Jacksonville and the J. Shepard, Jr. and Mary Ann Bryan Arts Endowment. He produced the CD along with Bill Pillmore at RoadWorm Music Studio.
In August 2015 Mark, along with Blue Horse released the CD Out Past the Moon. It was produced by Mark and Roy Peak at Radical Recording Studio.
"It was a warm April night at the Waterfront, and Mark Williams was on stage...and he was in top form. And though most in the room were unfamiliar with Williams and his music, it took just a few songs for him to have everyone’s attention."
—from MUSIC ON THE MENU, by Alan K. Stout Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
(Williams') eclectic adult alternative sound has haunting melodies and poetic lyrics"…
—Tamara McClaran, The Florida Times-Union
“'Ghosts of Eden' is tremendous",
—Dave Stewart, Music Director 102.3 FM The Mountain
A blend of Americana and Southwestern flavor…Williams’ music never strays far from the point - which seems to be the point – offering tightly crafted backdrops for the engaging stories he tells.
—J. Citrone for FOLIOWEEKLY
Excerpts from the review "Out Past the Moon" from FOLIO WEEKLY written by John E. Citrone:
"Opening track, “Quiet, Baby is Sleeping” .... He’s creating a minor-chord atmosphere, with gypsy strings, Latin percussion and strummed electric and acoustic guitars. His upbeat mid-tempo instrumental, “When Jonathan Richman Comes to Town,” all harmonicas and lap steel, is another example, unrefined and rocking. The fade-in and premature fade-out give one the feeling of peeking in on a jam session. It’s all very personal...
The lovely title track deepens this vibe. Joined by Amy Carlson during the chorus, Williams’ grainy, trebly voice enjoys a sort of softening, with Carlson adding a lullaby-like quality to the tune. And the memorable “What Do I Say,” floating like the lyrics suggest, is certainly the finest track on the record. It’s the kind of piece you sink into, voices moving around you as the music drifts below. “Stephanie,” too, gets all brooding and Neil Young distortion-y, with mysterious imagery embedded in the lyrics and nasty, nasty guitar soloing. The lyrics are personal."
Mark in Pennsylvania with Geej Lang and the Last Surviving Buffalo band: Rick Wagner, Stevo Krulick, and Brandon Wisnosky
SOME SONG BLURBS:
DUST BOWL - A parable sung from the perspective of one man's experience in the 1930's when the dust storms ravaged the farm lands due to bad agricultural practices while mankind failed to except responsibility for it's actions. Based on Ken Burn's documentary.
MALI IS MUSIC - Written in solidarity with the musicians and artists of Mali who have come under attack in recent years by religious extremists who tried violently to ban the rich culture of music and dance.
CUBAN DREAMS - This was written as the theme for a character in the play Essential Personnel, written by Al Letson.
DRAGO'S WISH - The story of an Italian immigrant and his dreams and life in America.
SNOW FALLING - A meditative piece that tries to evoke the peace and beauty of walking through the falling snow.
WITCH HUNTS - A look at the fears and hatreds that still exist in the modern world.
WHO IN HELL - A soldier tells his story. Based on many stories I researched on PTSD as well as the experiences I saw first hand of family members suffering from post traumatic stress.