Mark Viator & Susan Maxey / Press

“Mark Viator and Susan Maxey serve up a tasty platter to whet your musical appetite. It’s a good menu of originals and a few well-chosen covers -- the Farina’s “Reno, Nevada”, Bruce Cockburn’s “Someone I Used To Love” and Mr Van Zandt’s "No Place To Fall” -- with courses ranging from staples like the tale of 2 journeymen musicians and the bar they crank out tunes in “Me & Gary Lee,” the spicy Cajun tastes of “New Jerusalem,” the instrumental “Wayne Perry Blues,” and the added treat of Susan’s smooth voice doing a couple of tunes that remind me of something a young Doug Sahm in his San Antonio days might have covered, “Bottom of the Blues” and “Don’t Step Away.””

David John, Host - "Chicken Skin Music," KTRU Radio, Houston, TX

“...the musicianship overall is first class, but the main attractions are Viator's acoustic, electric, National Steel, and Hawaiian guitars and Maxey's spare, atmospheric vocals.”

John Conquest - Third Coast Music

“Mark Viator and Susan Maxey have been building a following among fellow musicians and fans for years. ... Now the duo's magic has been put to CD, and THESE ARMS drives home the fact that these two are the freshest, most sincere artists on the Texas scene today. Just feel Susan's vocals on songwriter Thad Beckman's ballad "Where Do I Belong" ... she makes Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" her own, assisted by long time compadre Slaid Cleaves. Mark's harmonies, lead vocals, and slide guitar bring it all home with his shining songwriting talent, like on the title track, the rockin' "Ain't Goin Back," and his East Texas roots running deep on "Queen of The Bayou." This is natural talent put to disc that takes you on a journey you'll want to go on time and time again, with backing from friends who are the best artists in Austin, Texas today!”

Ted Branson, Jr., DJ/Programmer - Under the X in Texas on Austin's KOOP Radio

“I love your songs. You have a rare ability to bring the listener into your musical world. You have a very unique musical personality with this mix of Louisiana and Texas music, your southern soul makes your music shine...I love this meeting of different musical influences to create a sound that is only yours ...”

Mike Penard - American Roots Music, Radio ISA, France

“Mark Viator and Susan Maxey originally set out to record some low-key acoustic versions of some new songs, together with a few old favourites... Imagine their surprise when they came up with this masterpiece... “By The Riverside”... a Viator original ... features some bold slide guitar and shows off his Louisiana Cajun roots. Maxey takes vocals on the title track, and it’s a performance full of heart and plenty of soul, as is her take on Kate Wolf’s “Across The Great Divide.” ...“Queen of the Bayou” is another chance for Viator to parade his swampy pedigree and “Dharma Bums” brings out his wandering Kerouac side. All in all, just a great collection, and one that’s easy to recommend to any fan of Texas roots music, Americana or alt country.”

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