Variety: Bluegrass, Celtic, Cowboy, Folk, Instrumental, Jazz, New Orleans Funk, Swing
Bands, Solo Performer, Instrumentalist, Songwriter / Composer, Artist
Through original and classic songs, Mark Merryman, a seasoned guitar player, presents entertaining anecdotes that capture the multidimensional aspects of life in the west; songs inspired by journeys along the fringes of scenic byways.
For forty years Mark Merryman has been an independent performer, recording artist, songwriter and composer on the Colorado Front Range. Proficient in many styles on the guitar (2005 Swallow Hill Flat Picking Champion), his songs present an interesting variety with influences including swing, bluegrass, folk rock, early 70s and old school country. Former bands include Off Centre Family Band, Down Home Again, Fret Knot, RC Project, Mark Merryman and the Canyon Rats, Quickdraw Homegrown Music, OTC Varmitz. Mark is now freelancing, performing solo, working in his art studio and on the recording production of his songs and instrumental compositions.
His latest band is Dad Burn It with Bill Burnside.
Discography (available through your favorite digital download provider):
"MARKS SONGS ARE A JOY TO LISTEN TO, NO WASTED WORDS, YET THE STORIES HE TELLS ARE PAINTED WITH AN INTRICATE PALLETE OF COLOR. SHORTLY AFTER YOU PUSH THIS CD INTO YOUR DASH YOU WILL FEEL LIKE YOUR RIDING WITH ONE OF YOUR BEST FRIENDS.
"ITS FUN TO PICK OUT MARKS SIGNATURE LYRICAL TWISTS, WHETHER THEY ARE THE ADDITION OF A SINGLE, COMICALLY MADE TO SOUND LIKE AN AFTER THOUGHT, OR AN ENTIRE MUSICAL FORM TYPICALLY RESERVED FOR SOMBER REFLECTION WHICH MERRYMAN, INSTEAD, USES TO CELEBRATE LIFE.
"THIS CD IS GUARANTEED TO RAISE THE HEARTS, SPIRITS AND EYEBROWS OF ALL WHO ARE WISE ENOUGH TO ADD IT TO THEIR MUSIC COLLECTION."
— Comments by Wade Krauss, music therapy practitioner
Greely Bluegrass Festival, May, 2005
Picture a worry free music experience these fine musicians have been playing around the Colorado Rocky Mountains and south eastern Utah since 1993, focusing on a modern bluegrass sound. Founded by Mark Epstein and Mark Merryman in 1993 with a primary goal to have fun playing acoustic music, the group has gone through some changes but has continued to meet that prime directive - to have fun!
"The variety the band displayed at the festival sets them apart from the other performers" — Durango Meltdown
"Finger blistering licks heart rendered vocals the women swooned" — Black Rose Society
"Some good original music from Colorado. If you like good Acoustic Music, this CD is for you " — CD review by Robert Lee Johnson — The Guitar Man
Presenting songs by Robert Clousing-songs that stimulate visual images of beauty; from the beaches of sunny Brazil to the desert canyons of the great southwest. The creativity of the contributing artists reflects the flow of universal harmony, inspired by the spirit from which the songs flow. A message for the sharing of love; love of the land and love of life, and most of all, love for each other. With every beat of the heart, the wind will blow, the stars will shine!
The lineup includes: John Magnie-keys and accordion, Rashad Eggleston-cello, Roxanne Staples-flute, Ari Dvorin-sax, Bruce Lish-sax, David Snyder-banjo and harmonica, Jim Craighead-fiddle, Linda Malinski-background vocal, and Mark Hutchinson- mandolin.