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American Road

by Mark Elliott

American Road celebrates Mark's arrival among America's songwriting greats. American Road is intelligent, witty, sophisticated, and stylish. It's the kind of album that snares new fans and keeps longtime supporters more than satisfied - Ben Kettlewell , Alternate Music Press
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3. Message in a Bottle
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4. Born to Fly
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5. Private in Patton's Army
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6. Baseball & Beatles
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7. Jackass Family
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8. Old Berle Jones
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10. Not Even New Orleans
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mark's acoustic roots run deep. As a teenager, Mark immersed himself in the vibrant bluegrass and folk music scene in Washington, D.C. One of his earliest guitar teachers and mentors was Phil Rosenthal, from the famed bluegrass band, The Seldom Scene. A debut album (Common Ground 1988) and a last minute opening act for Tom Paxton lit the fire of the young writer, leading him to Nashville and a publishing deal with Cherry Lane Music.

Mark has gone on to staff writing positions with major publishing companies including, Bluewater Music Group, Maypop Music Group (owned by the super-group Alabama) as well as Sony Music Publishing. Mark's songs have been recorded by independent and major artists, receiving airplay on radio and TV in the United States and abroad. His songs have hit the Billboard Top Forty charts, highlighted by the hit single by Neal McCoy, "Every Man for Himself." Billboard Magazine called it "a song with rare lyrical and musical edge and the best cut on the album".

Buoyed by wins in singer-songwriter contests at major festivals across the country, Mark began to build a reputation for standout live performances. However, it was winning the Kerrville New Folk Award in 1993 that really put Mark on the map and on the road. As one-half of the duo Culley & Elliott, Mark toured extensively in support of their acclaimed CD, "Flight of Dreams" (1993).

The year 2000 brought Mark back to a solo career and a successful new CD. "My Great Escape," featuring a duet with Tom Paxton (Stars in Their Eyes), was an Americana Chart's top 70 CD. It was played on commercial and public radio programs across the United States and abroad. It generated a #2 song (She Rode Horses) on the independent country chart, "Inside Country". Sing-Out Magazine called it a "superb album" and Music Row Magazine said "almost too good" and "I'll bet he's a killer to hear live."

With experience and perspective that only time and miles can bring, Mark’s 2004 release, "American Road," captures the characters, towns and stories from his well-traveled past. American Road attracted vocal collaborations from luminaries Don Henry (Grammy Award-wining songwriter) and Jonell Mosser (renowned vocalist who has sung with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King and Ringo Starr).

Now in 2006 Mark's road has led back to his Folk and Bluegrass beginnings. The new CD, Pickin' Blackberries shares 12 new songs with some of the most respected names in acoustic music. Mark's guitar and voice, coupled with the likes of IBMA winner Jim Hurst, National finger-picking champion Pete Huttlinger and Americana divas The McCrary Sisters, make for a strong and genuine delivery of his captivating stories!



*Mark continues to be proud to use Elixir Strings

GO TO MARK'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR SONG STORIES
FROM AMERICAN ROAD & THE NEW 2006 CD
PICKIN' BLACKBERRIES - COMING SOON!


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Jack Jorgensen

Beautiful melodies, warm words, a great CD
A bunch of well-written, well-performed songs sung with conviction and emotion by Mark Elliott. The songs run the gamut from the romantic Not Even New Orleans to the hysterical Jackass Family, from the sombre A Private in Patton's Army to the fondly remembered Baseball and Beatles. To my ears the best of a fine bunch is Ride Out of Reno - a lowkey but intense song about what being brothers is all about.

Rambles: Art & Culture Magazine

This is a collection of excellent songs that will be an asset to any record coll
This excellent album opens with the title track, "American Road," which is a driving beat song about the journey through America from the eyes of an Ellis Island arrivee.

Mark Elliott slows matters down to a lovely ballad with "Ride Out of Reno." Again, the ghost of history haunts the lyrics as he recalls the railroad and how many ancestors of those who ride the rails actually helped lay the tracks.

There is a feeling of authenticity about the writing and delivery on these tracks. "Message in a Bottle" is a sad reminder that all messages in bottles are not notes from distant lands. Here the message is the usual contents of the bottle. This is a well-crafted piece of writing.

Another song that will get deep into your heart and mind is "Private in Patton's Army." We are so used to hearing songs about the effects of war on veterans of Vietnam or the Great War that we too often forget the longterm victims of World War II. More recent and more domestic history is recalled on the marvelous retelling of a '60s childhood on "Baseball & the Beatles." If you are of a certain age this song will bring back the memories. Go on, be a teenager again.

From the light-hearted he brings us face to face with grim reality on "Old Berle Jones." We can all too often look through rose-coloured glasses at the people in the rural hills, but life was hard and despite their music and resilience they were cruelly used by big business, especially the men who worked the mines.

The writing skill of Elliott is to the fore when he weaves tales around a man imagining the former owners of a second-hand jacket on "The Jacket." One of my favourite tracks is "Old Dogs," which reminds us how hard we can often be on our loved ones.

This is a collection of excellent songs that will be an asset to any record collection, and with a little luck and a lot of justice they should become much better known.

Ben Kettlewell , Alternate Music Press

One of the finest albums I've heard so far this year
Mark Elliott has recently released one of the finest albums I've heard so far this year. His new album, American Road celebrates Mark's arrival among America's songwriting greats. American Road is intelligent, witty, sophisticated, and stylish. It's the kind of album that snares new fans and keeps longtime supporters more than satisfied. More eclectic than electric, American Road is an acoustically charged, high-powered collection of smart songs and irresistible charm. American Road explores an internal dialogue of hope, regret, fear, and ultimately triumph of the human spirit. Highly recommended.

Sam Robbins

Terrific album!!
The new song "Old Berle Jones" is still my favorite on a terrific album.

Jerry Chester

I especially enjoyed Private in Patton's Army
I bought American Road because of Jim Moran's tunes. I like it alot because of all the tunes. I was previously unfamiliar with you, but I am glad Jim steered to your stuff. I especially enjoyed Private in Patton's Army, what a great tune! Keep up the good work.

randy moomaw

Everything on your American Road CD is absolutely brilliant.
Everything on your American Road CD is absolutely brilliant.
The best music takes personal truths and gives them a universal ring.
The pure simple truth of your muse resonates in the heart and spirit.
Your voice is awesome. It shifts from a guttural growl to a compassionate cry in each breath full of heartbeats.
Your work is at once tough and tender, playful and intense, wild-minded, openhearted and profoundly soulful.
Thank you for engaging your outrageous gift.
We are all the richer, wiser and kinder for it!

Kevin McCarthy, Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews

It’s a look at the real America
Close to 50 minutes in length, this barnstorming tour of states of mind and place provides more than enough reasons for anyone to give it a listen. It’s a look at the real America, of situations and settings not all glossed up and packaged pretty, that are actually commonplace in all mankind. That's the beauty and strength of this release. The best of the cuts are "A Private In Patton's Army," "Old Berle Jones" and "Message In A Bottle." "Old Berle Jones" is a wonderful time and place song. "Jackass Family" deserves its own special mention. Reminiscent of but much darker (and funnier) than Robert Earl Keen's "Merry Christmas from the Family.

Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association - Pilot Magazine, August 20

Inspired by Elliott's passions for flying
Mark Elliott, AOPA 3390339, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter, has released a new CD titled American Road. "The CD is a collection of people I've met, stories I've heard, and places I've seen over my years of traveling," he said. One of the songs, "Born to Fly," was inspired by Elliott's passions for flying, stemming from childhood, that led him to become a pilot.

Dave Nemo (Open Road Network - XM Satellite Radio-171)

Powerful stuff on this new CD
Not only a great singer-songwriter, but a great entertainer with powerful stuff on this new CD

Sing-Out Magazine

Showcasing tight, witty lyrics, nimble guitar playing and a soulful voice
A Staff writer veteren of the Nashville hit factories, Mark Elliott is also a gifted performer, wisely continuing his solo career. His latest release showcases his tight, witty lyrics, nimble guitar playing, and especially his strong, soulful singing. Good Album - RM