New season of Bryan’s co-produced, Emmy award-winning “Live at the Charleston Music Hall” series set to debut on regional PBS-affiliates, Jan. 22.
Mark Bryan as photographed by Jonathan Boncek.
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“Leaves us with one amazing feeling: community,” says Popdust in its premiere coverage of the new Mark Bryan music video.
“Forgetting About Me” was shot in and around Bryan’s home base of Charleston, SC and features many locals, friends, and fellow musicians.
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“A driving, full-on pop masterpiece.” — Popdose
“Proves yet again that he’s more than the guitarist from Hootie.” — Free-Times (Columbia, SC)
“Through Mark’s effervescent delivery, you can tell that he’s right where he loves to be.” — Popdust
“Steady, whimsical optimism.” — MAGNET
“It’s satisfying. It’s a chance to take what I have learned from my experiences within the music industry and convey it to the next generation,” says musician Mark Bryan, best-known as co-founder and guitarist of the multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning band Hootie and The Blowfish. On the heels of the recent release of his third solo album Songs of The Fortnight, Bryan recently chatted with the Charleston City Paper about his work beyond being a songwriter and performer.
Songs of The Fortnight itself actually evolved from Bryan’s work helping out aspiring musicians. As he began to amass production credits on dozens of recordings, Bryan launched a three-year long blog project, which saw him posting a new song of his own, or an artist he was playing with or producing, every two weeks over the course those years. Eventually, there was enough of Bryan’s own material for an album.
Now, Bryan’s sense of community comes full circle in the just-released music video for the Fortnight single “Forgetting About Me” which was shot in and around Charleston, South Carolina where Bryan focuses so many of his efforts.
“The idea of an object getting passed around randomly (a key, which is seen being forged as the video opens) and leading to a connected event, felt like a good story,” Bryan says of the clip’s concept. “We asked some of our fellow musician friends to be the key-passers, and some of the kids in the audience are students from my class.”
Along with helping to establish the College of Charleston’s concentration on the Music Industry, which he continues with as a professor (the “class” he refers to above), Bryan is also involved in Carolina Studios, a non-profit recording studio that allows children in low-income areas to have a songwriting and recording experience free-of-charge. Bryan also manages the emerging Charleston-based rock band Stop Light Observations, and by teaming up with the esteemed local venue, the Charleston Music Hall, has co-produced and launched the television show “Live at the Charleston Music Hall,” which recently won a regional Emmy Award.
The next season of “Live at the Charleston Music Hall” will begin airing on PBS-affiliates in the south, starting Jan. 22nd.
“Charleston is an amazing city in the middle of a remarkable renaissance,” Bryan says of his adopted hometown (he is originally from Bethesda, Maryland). “I’m lucky to be part of its growth.”
As a member of a nearly 20 million album-selling group Hootie and the Blowfish, Mark Bryan’s guitar playing was ubiquitous in 1995 (and in last week’s episode of South Park, too!) Hootie and The Blowfish’s Cracked Rear View earned the biggest album sales of any release that year, and is now ranked as one of the biggest selling albums in music history. Success at that level brings all sorts of pre-conceptions, so when first hearing the tunes on Bryan’s just-released third solo album Songs of The Fortnight (Chucktown Music Group), listeners will be surprised at the down-to-Earth songwriting that sounds like Southern hospitality.
Mark Bryan’s third album Songs of the Fortnight is out now via the artist’s own Chucktown Music Group. Bryan is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
Songs of the Fortnight
(Chucktown Music Group)
03. Almost Loved Me
04. A Little Bit of Everything
05. The Great Beyond
07. Whole Lotta Lovin’ (feat. Hank Futch)
08. Sweet Love (feat. Kathy Dempf)
09. Only Love Can Satisfy
10. A Song For Maryland
11. Maybe Then (Acoustic)
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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion