Mark Fosson / Bio

Songwriter and guitarist Mark Fosson grew up in Kentucky, where he began writing songs while still in his early teens. In the late '70s he sent some song demos to John Fahey's West Coast-based Takoma Records, and Fahey, impressed with what he heard, offered Fosson a recording deal. Fosson lost no time in relocating to Los Angeles and began recording with Fahey, but as bad luck would have it, Takoma was in some difficulty, and the label soon folded. Fahey allowed Fosson to retain the master tapes of the sessions, however. Now located on the West Coast, Fosson met fellow songwriter Edward Tree, and the two began working together, eventually forming the Bum Steers, a country-tinged group, in the late '80s. Fosson's material appeared on several soundtracks through the 1990s. In 2005 Fosson released a solo project, "JESUS ON A GREYHOUND", on Big Otis Records. The record drew positive reviews and Fosson was frequently compared to Americana artists like Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Joe Ely, John Prine, and Guy Clark. The Fahey material finally saw the light of day as "THE LOST TAKOMA SESSIONS" from Drag City Records in 2006. An instrumental piece "Another Fine Day" is included on the critically acclaimed Tompkins Square compilation "IMAGINATIONAL ANTHEM Vol. 3". His music has recently been featured in the Emmy-nominated AMC movie "RING OF FIRE" and his newest release, "DIGGING IN THE DUST", is currently available on Tompkins Square Records.

General Info

Band Members
Edward Tree, Bob Glaub, Gabe Witcher, Sarah Coleman, Dave Beyer, David Jackson
Artist Name
Mark Fosson
Profile Page
Folk / american primitive / acoustic

Contact Info

Catonsville, MD

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