National Traditional Country Music Association Hall of Fame member Mark Brine will be presented by notloB Folk Concerts at its "kitchen" series at the historic Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington St., Newton this Saturday evening (10/10). Doors 7:15om, Concert 7:30pm.
$10 Suggested Donation, $5 well-behaved children w/ a $30 immediate family maximum.
Capturing the essence and spirit of America through song would be a daunting task for any artist, but Mark Brine has made a long career of it.
Over the years, Brine has won fans, critical praise and awards for his efforts in traditional American music. But as nice as that recognition is, nothing is more important to Brine than his songs and his message – the mark of a true artist. Though a current resident of Baltimore, Brine was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the leading folk music centers in the country, and was exposed to music at an early age. He got his first taste of Hank Williams from his uncle’s record collection and later learned about rock and roll through the Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley records his aunt played for him. Both of these discoveries, along with exposure to the southern blues sounds of artists like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, would cement Brine’s interest in traditional American music.
While in his 20’s, Brine first heard the music of Jimmie "The Singing Brakeman" Rodgers, a discovery that would have a great impact on his path in music. Though widely referred to as the "Father of Country Music" due to his popularization of the hillbilly music form, Rodgers was revolutionary because he mixed elements of the blues, jazz and other popular music genres of the day to make a sound all his own – a style that would be copied by many artists and is prevalent today. Brine was enamored by Rodgers’ and his old time music would be the single biggest influence on Brine’s career.
Though Brine’s professional music debut came as an electric guitar player for several different rock bands in Massachusetts, he ultimately unplugged his guitar and followed down the path created by Rodgers, Williams and the other legendary figures of American music.
Let me sing it here for you
There's a new blue yodel
Let me sing it here for you
Jimmie Rodgers he done start it
'N I'm 'a gonna see it through
New Blue Yodel ©1995 Mark Brine Music (BMI)
Mark will be on three radio programs this week:
10/8: Dan Boudin’s “Barn Dance”, WRIU, 90.3fm, http://www.wriu.org/, 7pm
10/9: Troy Tyree's "American Roots", WCUW, 91.3fm, http://www.wcuw.org/, 10am
10/10: Cousin Lyn's "Hillbilly at Harvard", WHRB, http://www.whrb.org/, 95.3fm, 9-11am
Future concerts at the Jackson Homestead
- Saturday, November 21: 2004 Kerrville Music Festival "New Folk" songwriting competition winner ~ Claudia Nygaard
- Saturday, December 12: From Tennessee one of America's finest songwriters ~ David Massengill