After breaking into the music business in the early ‘90’s as a member of the rock and roll group Jennyanykind (Elektra), Mark has refined his blues-based act over 16 years of writing, performing and recording, supporting such acts as Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Southern Culture on the Skids, Paul Thorn, Flaming Lips, Afghan Whigs, Howard Jones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Toby Keith, Shooter Jennings, Trace Adkins, Luna, Fastball and many others. As a songwriter, Mark began with his side act to Jennyanykind, Jule Brown. His first album contained 12 originals and garnered press from New York Times, Billboard and the local Independent Weekly. He continued to contribute to four more Jule Brown records and also began writing for Jennyanykind along with his brother Mike. Mark continues to write and perform as a solo artist, specializing in country blues, as well as with the re-formed Jennyanykind. He has contributed songs to movies (see Desert Saints with Kiefer Sutherland). Mark has recently appeared in the video/audio “Sessions” with American Songwriter, and in an American Songwriter interview hosted by Roman Candle’s Skip Matheny (published in the “Drinks with…” series).
“Country blues so sinister it could scare the guy who scared Robert Johnson.” Indy Week - Rick Cornell
“Jilted lovers everywhere might consider the example of Mark Holland, who parlays heartbreak into 12 spectral songs.” New York Times - Jon Pareles
Billboard’s Editors and Writers pick Their Top Ten records: 5 Mark Holland: Mutant country necromancy recorded solo by North Carolina savant. -Chris Morris
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Discography: With Jennyanykind: Etc…. (1993) No. 6, Blues of the Afflicted (1994) No. 6, Mythic (1995) No. 6, Revelater (1996) Elektra, Big Johns (1998) Yep Roc, I Need You (1999) Yep Roc, Money? Can’t Buy Mojo (2000) Big Johns, Peas and Collards (2003) Morisen. As Jule Brown: The Legendary Magic of…(1995) No. 6, Occurrence at Jule Brown Bridge (1997) No. 6, Smoke and Mirrors (2006) Enabler, Soldier in the 9th (2007) Enabler, Surreal Folk Blues (2008), Dualtone Music Group. As Mark Holland’s Rhythm Force: On the Rhodes (2009), MackPad Records. With Country-Blues duo Applesauce: The New, New Country Blues of Applesauce (2010), MackPad Records. As Mark Holland: Rough Cuts (2011), MackPad Records.