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Reviewed on 7th October 2011.


Stories, Rags and Stomps

By Mark Wynn

Mark Wynn is a local country blues guitarist and singer based in York, which though outside the LMS sphere of influence, is still pretty local. This CD is on the Little Num Num Music, also based in York, who have released 2 other albums by Mark.

Mark's main playing style is alternating-bass finger-picking country-blues (enough hyphens?), Mississippi style, not syncopated ragtime like the East Coast and Piedmont. If you like the sound of Mississippi John Hurt, you won't be disappointed. In fact Mark so strongly accents the on-beats on some tunes that the bass becomes almost monotonic and so moves the 'feel' even further west to Texas and old artists like Mance Lipscomb. The style varies a bit over the CD. "Ramblin Jack" reminds me of Bert Jansch (who, I learn as writing this piece, passed away today. A sad loss for all guitarists), where "Booked an gotta go" is more like the style of John Lee Hooker delivered with the brashness of George Thoroughgood and the Destroyers (really like this track). It's mostly Mark, guitar and voice though here and there a bit of piano, echo and double-tracking just to keep it sweet.

Mark's voice is laid-back, smokey, soulful, laconic even, though not yet world weary, though he is only 24 FFS. The songs are about the experiences, people and pubs that a twenty-something musician experiences from the highs, "Girl a mine", to the lows "Sad Stoned (fallin in the street)". A good album that I really enjoyed. Now I want to see him live.

Buy the album here... http://markwynn.bandcamp.com/album/stories-rags-and-stomps (digital download and CD) Hell, at these prices buy all of them!



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