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Life one song at a time…
What do baseball, coffee, hydro-fracking, and bright light of a near death experience all have in common. They're all fertile ground for songs by Marc Black. Songs that led to his 'Pictures of the Highway' CD remaining in the top 5 of the Roots Rock Internet top 50 for six months.
Over the past year, Marc has been deeply involved in the battle to end the scourge of hydrofracking. His song, 'No Fracking Way' which was recorded with help from John Sebastian and Eric (duleing banjos) Weissberg, has been played at rallies as far away as Ireland and Australia. And Marc has been performing it live pretty much non-stop.
Another of his recordings, 'Sometime a Spark' has received immediate notice, especially in Europe and Tunisia. This is a letter Marc got the day he posted it on Facebook: "This song is going to have an amazing effect on the Tunisians and the Egyptians who will hear it. You are making us feel so proud of what we achieved and of what some have died for. Thank you."
Although Marc is generally traveling solo, his full band features amazing players like John Sebastian, Warren Bernhardt from Simon & Garfunkel, Eric Parker from the Joe Cocker Band, Don Davis from the Microscopic Septet and Mike Esposito from the Blues Magoos! He's also recorded with a host of luminaries including Art Garfunkel, Richie Havens, and Taj Mahal.
When Marc was still in high school, his band, the 'Blades of Grass', had a top forty hit and performed with the Doors and Van Morrison. Next stop was Woodstock, NY where he lived in Tim Hardin's house and put together a band that attracted world famous musicians and a dedicated following.
He's recorded more than a dozen CD's, including a ‘pick hit’ in Billboard Magazine, and another recognized as a ‘minor masterpiece’ by famed music A&R man, John Hammond Sr. and a childrens album, recorded with Richie Havens and Taj Mahal, that was awarded Best of the Year honors by the American Library Association.
Happy Traum recently wrote about Marc's new CD, Pictures of the Highway…'Foot-tapping grooves, excellent playing, top notch guitar and vocals…Marc's songs are timeless."