"New Blue Yodel"

New 1999 release: "Real Special Feelin' "


"Just think of Woody Guthrie and Lyle Lovett taking Mark Twain on a picnic facing off with Jimmie Rodgers and Louis Armstrong on a hot, dusty afternoon in the Mississippi Delta" and you've got a good idea of Mark Brine's sound.

Singer/songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, and yodeler, Mark hails from Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was part of the 60's folk scene. His rich, authentic roots sound was developed in Nashville and America's south, where he continually impressed musicians who can detect authenticity (or lack of it). Despite having spent eleven years in Nashville and having played at the Grand Ole Opry with Hank Snow's band, Mark will say he is not a "country" artist, but a blend of folk, country, and blues. He won the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festivaltalent contest in 1979 and was the first folk-oriented artist to be included on "The Tape", produced and distributed by the New Music Seminars, NYC in 1986. The single "New Blue Yodel" led to two preliminary Grammy nominations in 1992, for "Best Country Music Vocalist" and "Best Country Song". Mark has also become an author, releasing "The Carol", an audio book with folk music, which was thirteen years in the making.

His newest album release of classic Americana, New Blue Yodel, (<resigned> Records), was made to "sate the roots-starved music lovers of the '90's". Tom Pomposello president of <re:signed>, was struck by the purity of Mark's throwback country sound and teamed up with him to make the album. (In addition to running Pomposello Inc., a New York City-based sound design and production company, Pomposello was a protege of Mississippi Fred McDowell and is a blues veteran himself.) Working with ten sparkling Brine originals with some traditional tunes thrown in (Stephen Foster, Fred Rose), Pomposello, Brine and a wild cast of musicians crafted a rich mix of early century yodeling, smoky blues and folk raconteuring with an edge heard only below 14th Street.

A recent issue of Citypaper (Baltimore) perhaps sums it up best. "Brine knows his stuff well enough to know that there was a time in this country when blues, country, jazz, gospel, and popular song were not nearly as isolated from each other as they are today." Mark's songs live in an entirely different, intangible place you can't find on a map... a place where some people are, in fact, shy! Where life is still precious and significant and death is still a heartbreak that can shatter a soul.. .where a down 'n out singer is still standin' at the intersection.. just try'n t' fig're how t' make a meal."

What people are saying about ...

Mark Brine

"Mark Brine plants both feet in American traditions, wears his heart on his sleeve, and his head... well, its in a very unusual place. His phrasing and his sliding yodel will stick in your head long after first hearing. Brine is a genuine true blue folk singer, with no apologies."
- Marilyn Rea Beyer
MusIc Director WUMB-FM
(Boston, April 1997)

"Mark Brine may originally hall from Cambridge, MA, but to hear him sing and play you'd assume he's been slouching on collapsing front porches and wandering dusty back roads all his life."
- Lee Gardner 
(Baltimore, February 1996)

"Just think of it as Woody Guthrie and Lyle Lovett taking Mark Twain on a picnic somewhere in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. You know the place, a place of earth, grass, hickory smoke, cool water and so many different colors of blue."
Liner notes of "New Blue Yodel" 1996 
(Baltimore, February 1996)

"A fine young man that I think has got a great future!"
Grand Ole Opry 1992 performance with Hank Snow and 
the Rainbow Ranch Boys

"Wild Blue Yodeler"
(September 12, 1992)

..... his Jimmie Rodgers tribute record was one of the great listening experiences of this reviewer's year to date. A DiSCovery Award winner, for sure."
- Robert K. Oermann
(February 23,1992)

"Brine's got the moaning/yodeling vocals down cold."
- Jim Caliglun, CMJ Country Horizons 
(February 20, 1992)

"With each and every recording, Brine cements his standing among the best singer/songwriter's
(March 1992)

"I could listen to him sing all night long. He does a good job, that boy does."
Ernest Tubb's "Midnight Jamboree," WSM 1980 performance 
with Ernest Tubb and the Smokey Mountain Boys

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