Take a journey to the inner soul with 2007 Texas Music Awards "Musician of the Year" Finalist and 2007 Telluride Acoustic Blues Finalist, Mark Searcy.
Soulful, haunting, jazzy, funky, raw, and eclectic all describe this unique blues-rock fusion featuring Searcy's electric and acoustic slide guitar and the harmonica of "Drywall Dave" Schlabach.
Texas based Mark Searcy releases his third recording, this time with some surprises of new uncharted territory.
- 2007 Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition - Finalist
- 2007 San Antonio Guitar Wars - Winner Best Acoustic Performance
- 2007 Texas Music Awards - "Musician of the Year" Finalist
- 2007 International Blues Challenge - Semi-Finalist
- 2006 TBS Blues Challenge - Winner Solo/Duo
- 2005 San Antonio Guitar Wars - Winner Best Acoustic Performance
Lucky Boyd, My Texas Music (www.mytexasmusic.com)
"If you expect Searcy’s sophomore release to be a simple continuation of his debut release, forget about it. It ain’t so. While you’ll still hear Searcy remaining true to his traditional blues roots on some songs, you’ll also see him take Neil Armstrong-like steps into cross-genre collaboration. This album employs the services of some great company as Searcy surrounds his inventions with certain styles that take little time to appreciate. Searcy’s vocal work is bluesy and complimentary to the arrangements rather than the typical distraction expected from many guitarists who think they can sing. Searcy gets it done. It’s not unusual to see an artist double back after a stunning debut with a more artistic effort. Searcy has done that. Nine of ten are originals, with the lone cover being well worth the purchase. Niche blues fans may not groove the diversity on the first listen, but a second play reveals Searcy’s commitment to the genre, using innovative techniques to express feeling much like shadows and highlights enhance visual works. As up-and-comers try to emulate Searcy, they will find the technical end demanding, as Searcy is an accomplished composer with the ability to fuse jazz, rock, blues, folk, and country. They will certainly find that capturing the same inner soul will be impossible, as Searcy literally melts himself into each cut, a feat that labels him inimitable. A great second effort, Searcy has taken one small step for himself and one giant leap for the blues. This reviewer’s fave is 'Telluride Blues'.”
Peter Hund, Good New Music (www.goodnewmusic.com)
As the CD's title and cover suggest, there's lots of slide guitar here. Award-winning, Texas-based Searcy employs the style with six-string, 12-string, acoustic, electric and resonator guitars. "Slideaway" is his third release, and the first almost entirely made up of original material (B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone" is the only cover).
He wastes no time getting down to business with the opening "Promised Land," a blues-rock number with an unusual backbeat that pricks up the ears in the first few bars. Note-bending riffs underscore lyrics addressing social issues from vigilantism to No Child Left Behind to original sin.
"Ghost Town Blues" is the first of four instrumentals and one of four songs featuring harmonica by Drywall Dave Schlabach, the only other musician on this mostly DIY affair (Searcy handles bass himself and uses a drum machine on songs with percussion). Electric slide, acoustic 12-string and chromatic harp combine to invoke a gothic Western feel.
"Betty May" is an electric blues tune about a car – or is it? – with solos alternating between harmonica and guitar. "K'eb" is an acoustic instrumental that sounds more like K'eb Mo' mentors Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal playing together for the first time since the Rising Sons broke up. "If You Love Me" is a pop-rocker in which electric slide does the chorus rather than vocals, and also has great-sounding rhythm guitar. "Becker's Run" closes the album on a high note, with an extended electric instrumental that channels Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
MUSIC FROM MARK SEARCY ON CDBABY
"Slideaway" - 2007
"Blindman's Blues" - 2006
"Like Father, Like Son" - 2005