FRI. MAY 24, 2019 – GABE WOOTTON SONGWRITER SERIES – MARK JUNGERS / CHARLES BRYANT

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GABE WOOTTON

From the piney woods of East Texas to the flat lands outside Lubbock, from the rolling prairies of Central Texas to the sandy shores of the Virgin Islands, Gabe Wootton has covered more than a few miles. With an eye on the horizon and an ear in the wind, he has found melody in the mundane and rhyme in the hum of life. A sketch of scenes in passing, character studies of the broken and the jubilant, triumphant tales of ruin to joyful lamentations of woe, Gabe’s songs run the gamut incorporating elements of all the music he has stumbled upon throughout his life.

MARK JUNGERS

In life and in art, Mark Jungers is a reality dealer. A trailblazing Americana singer, songwriter and musician with By God sod busting roots, Jungers lays out the perils, the pitfalls and the pleasures of life in equal measure. And, accompanied by a like-minded music-making crew, Jungers uses a mixture of country, folk, rock and more to get that reality across with soul, conviction and a solid backbeat.Jim Beal, Jr.
Freelance music journalist
KSYM- Third Coast Music Network DJ

On his 7th release, “I’ll See You Again,” Mark Jungers spins tales of fate, misconception, conditional and unconditional love; and murder. With the gray-colored populist sentiments of Woody Guthrie to the black as night swings of Cohen, the songs are strong and reminiscent of Petty, Young, or Cash (Unchained).

Life is the fallout of good and bad decisions. Would things be different if you hadn’t moved away? Did you make the right choice? Such are the matter-of-fact questions raised in “I Don’t Want To Live There.”

The song, “Johnson Farm,” recounts a desolate family who lives down a small country road, just past a cemetery. The youngest daughter dies in a gun accident, driving the father over that emotional cliff, where he takes the lives of the rest of the family and then, himself.

On being the hardworking underdog, Mark relates the everyday trappings that the working class lives with in “Working Like a Dog.” He meets his audience head to head here, because so many feel the constant looming storm of working paycheck to paycheck, doing jobs nobody wants.

As with all of Mark’s CDs, there is no sameness to the tracks on this latest album, but they all reflect a common life thread that connects, and Jungers accomplishes this with an instantly appealing roots music approach.

Mark Jungers’ songs are full of finely developed characters, whose beautiful desparation shine through the authenticity of Jungers’ voice. Texan, via Minnesota, Jungers has honed his rock tinged country songs for the last 20 or so years.

… Songs like, “I Don’t Want To Live There” and “Do You Still Care” are perfect examples why more folks should be aware of Mark Jungers.Adam Dawson
thebrokenjukebox.com

CHARLES BRYANT

In an article published by Texas Music Magazine last year, music journalist Trey Gutierrez wrote: Charles Bryant may the most prolific Texas songwriter you’ve never heard of. His 3rd, and latest CD, titled ‘Kiss The Sun’ was named one it’s best Texas album releases of 2017. In his review of the album, music journalist William Michael Smith concluded: “A vast, sweeping work of beauty, grace, compassion and heart, ‘Kiss The Sun’ gives hope to those who miss the bruising word constructions of Townes Van Zandt and other Houston singer-songwriters who set the bar so high to begin with. ‘Kiss The Sun’ is no less than a minor masterpiece from a true underdog an native son”. From Houston to Austin, look under ‘Shows’ to see where you can see Charles live.  

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