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Mark May Band / Press

“Blessed with a soulful voice that can do justice to whatever he chooses to sing Mr. May understands the power of spacing and his innate feel for soul filled vocals are pleasing on the ear. His guitar work, ranges from funky-back beat styled riffs to subtle soft harmonic laced work and even visits the plain old 'nasty station' all with equal aplomb and grace needed.”

“Mark has earned his wings playing in mean ol’ Texas for over 20 years, to most of us is his stint most prominent stint was with Dickey Betts & Great Southern. With this, his 5th CD release, Mr. May has refined his sound and melded it into an oriflamme of what can happen when Southern Rock meets the Blues head on and become one.”

“Throughout this disc, May’s voice is smooth and pleasing enough for the ballads, with just the right amount of sincerity and gravel to handle the blues. Release My Soul by the Mark May Band did touch my soul with its search for the hard truth in life and its pure, emotion-laden beauty.”

“This CD (May’s 5th) starts off with a fun tune that will rock your socks off, “Six Strings or Two Legs.” The cute and clever – though likely somewhat true – lyrics of this honky-tonk song basically tell you that the singer is “a woman-lovin’ blues man,” and don’t be expecting him to mow the lawn or do chores around the house. But in his defense, he says he’ll “be the bar tonight, if you want to hear some blues.” In this song, you’ll hear some classic Hammond B3 organ, and some really nice slide guitar, as well as a duel between their harmonica and their two lead guitars, playing in harmony. I found this technique, no doubt adapted from Dickey Betts and the Allman Brothers, to be a Mark May Band trademark.”

“It seems the phrase “blew me away” is overused to the point of losing its clout, so I’m going to raise the stakes and say that Release My Soul, a new CD by the Mark May Band, touched my soul.”

"Mark May is far and away one of the most talented and passionate bluesmen I've ever had the pleasure to listen to. His songs work their way into your very soul...in a way that makes you feel naughty for liking them so much. His licks are like narcotic...you simply can't wait for that next hit."

"Equal part blues man and southern rocker, Mark has just released his fifth disc entitled "Release My Soul", his most ambitious and stylistically diverse project to date. Eleven original tracks that showcase his talent to pen strong melodic songs, featuring warm confident vocals and stinging guitar work and instrumentation. If you dig your blues with an attitude, you owe it to yourself to check this one out."

“I used to go stay with my aunt and uncle, because they lived close, and my aunt had a record collection. She had a BB King album “Live In Cook County Jail”. And she used to say, you learn to play like BB King and I’ll come see you play! ~ Mark May”

"When I heard the first CD, Call on the Blues, I was blown away! Mark is one of the best blues-rock artists to come along in years. With great singing/song-writing and guitar playing, he reminds me of everyone from Albert Collins to Stevie Ray to Carlos Santana. Hell, I even heard a couple of my licks in there!"

"With the help of a few Houston lynchpins, we set about to whip these gold bars side-by-side to see whether older was better. Mark May has toured with Dickie Betts and made a name as a guitar man on his own..."

"Mark's originals flow as effortlessly into the mix reminding one of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana and some of the older blues greats who found just the right bluesy tune to carry a simple message, a message of good ol' down home blues."