Americana roots duo Mark Viator & Susan Maxey perform in Austin and the western United States. Taking turns singing lead and harmony, the pair weaves tight arrangements of Viator’s well-crafted lyrics and accomplished guitar work with Maxey’s soulful voice.
Together Mark Viator & Susan Maxey put on a show that reflects the dynamics of their relationship and the paths they have traveled. The couple joined forces in the early 1990s, after a chance encounter at the legendary Kerrville Folk Festival. Viator’s bayou beginnings combine with the influence of contemporary songwriters to create a gumbo of original Americana music. Raised on classic country twang, Maxey broadens her voice to encompass strains of Kate Wolf and Townes Van Zandt, and many Austin songwriters.
Their newest release is "Bottom Of The Blues," released in mid 2014, and still getting airplay on independent stations around the US and Europe. The record bridges the stylistic spans of their roots, from Susan's soulful vocals on the Viator penned title track, a juicy slice of swamp pop, to the funky National slide guitar driven narrative of a soup kitchen on "New Jerusalem," the warm acoustic folk of a daughter's coming of age on "Before It's Time To Go," to Susan's lovely acoustic rendition of the Van Zandt classic, "No Place To Fall." They are once again backed by many of Austin's finest players, all longtime friends of the couple.
They released "These Arms" and "Wire & Wood" in 2011, both produced by Viator at Rambleheart Studio in Austin. Viator also has earlier solo releases: "Bayou Teche" in 2003, Rue La-La's "Sky On Blue" in 2000, "Salvation Highway" in 1993, as well as appearances as a lead guitarist on several Slaid Cleaves records in the 1990's, and recordings by Jane Gillman, Russ Somers, Jim Stricklan, Mitch Walking Elk, and many others.