Hootie and the Blowfish co-founder, guitarist’s latest collection is culled from three-year blog project showcasing Charleston, SC music.
Mark Bryan as photographed by Jonathan Boncek.
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Mark Bryan at Volvo Car Stadium on Aug. 11th, 2017
Mark Bryan defies gravity as part of the yearly two-night “Homegrown” stand by Hootie and The Blowfish, where he also performed his Songs of the Fortnight solo single “Forgetting About Me,” which can now be viewed at this link. Photo by Scott Tucker.
Mark Bryan – Live
9/7/2017: New York, NY @ Paste Studios (1230PM EST, Watch)
9/7/2017: New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall (Tix)
9/8/2017: Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java (Tix)
9/9/2017: Hershey, PA @ Music on Chocolate (Tix)
10/5/2017: Columbia, SC @ Music Farm/Tin Roof (5PM Early Show, Free Admission)
10/7/2017: Columbia, SC @ Books-A-Million (2PM EST, In-Store)
“A driving, full-on pop masterpiece.” – Popdose
Fresh off of two sold-out nights at Volvo Car Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina as part of Hootie and The Blowfish’s yearly “Homegrown” weekend, the band’s two-time Grammy-winning guitarist and co-founder, Mark Bryan will be embarking on a handful of dates in support of his recently released third solo album Songs of the Fortnight. The run includes a visit to NYC on Sept. 7th for an acoustic live session and chat with Paste Magazine at 1230PM EST, followed by a full-band set at Rockwood Music Hall at 10PM EST that evening. Full itinerary just above.
As a member of a nearly 20 million album selling group, singer-songwriter Mark Bryan’s guitar playing was ubiquitous in 1995. 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.
After Hootie went on semi-hiatus almost a decade ago – the band still convenes for its hometown two-night stand every August – Bryan became passionate about producing other artists, which led to a prominent role as a producer in Charleston music scene. As Bryan began to amass dozens of production credits, he also started to record and release songs on the fly – first his own, and then those of other artists he was working with. This led to the launch of the “Song of the Fortnight” blog, where Bryan posted a new song of his own, or an artist he was playing with or producing, every two weeks, for three years.
Eventually, there was enough material for an album, which comprises the 11 songs on Songs of the Fortnight. The album features ten Bryan originals, and an opening cut that is another nod to Bryan’s ease at throwing the spotlight; a barn-burning cover of Scruffy The Cat’s college radio favorite “Mybabyshe’sallright” (featuring frequent REM collaborator Peter Holsapple on harmonica.) In fact, Songs of the Fortnight functions as somewhat of a capper – the “Song of the Fortnight” blog could have continued indefinitely if Bryan hadn’t received an offer to work for the College of Charleston, but the opportunity was right in line with his interest and continuing passion for elevating the local music community.
Furthering his community efforts, Bryan also teamed up with the esteemed local venue, the Charleston Music Hall to launch a television show “Live at the Charleston Music Hall,” which recently won a regional Emmy Award, and he is also heavily 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 brings his unique perspective on the industry to his work managing the emerging Charleston-based rock band Stop Light Observations.
“Charleston is an amazing city in the middle of a remarkable renaissance,” Bryan says of his adopted hometown. “I’m lucky to be part of its growth.”
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)
Mark Bryan Links
Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion