Mark Allan Atwood
Mark Allan Atwood has been entertaining audiences for nearly 30 years. Fronting popular hard rock bands Wild Child and Wasteland from the late 80's to the late 90's, Mark Allan rocked stages as tour support for some of the top selling acts of the time (Vince Neil, Dokken, King's X, Slaughter, Tesla, Great White and more), and packed houses on his own. This was after learning his writing craft at the open mics and acoustic showcases in Dallas as part of the amazing Lower Greenville scene of the early 80's.
After a hiatus to spend time with his young daughter, he came back to writing and performing in 2005. After opening for Red Dirt scene stalwarts Cooder Graw, Mark Allan began penning tunes that paid homage to the heroes of his youth such as Willie, Waylon, Kris, Cash, Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen. Since then he's played shows with Johnny Cooper, 2007 Texas Music Awards Entertainer of the Year, Doug Moreland, Grammy Winner Redd Volkaert and 2007 Official Musician of the State of Texas, Dale Watson
Playing an average of 25 plus dates a month, Mark Allan stays pretty busy. As the host of The Monday Hangover at Fuzzy's Corner (a true Texas honkytonk landmark near Lake Buchanan), No Bad Wednesdays at the legendary Poodie's Hilltop Roadhouse near Austin and Open Mic With MAA on Thursdays in Burnet at Spokes Sports Bar, his weekly dates alone are enough to wear out a lot of folks. But almost every other night of the week finds him somewhere, anywhere, in Texas playing acoustic solo shows, duets with his friend and lead guitarist Heath Childs or full band shows with a talented group of musicians.
His new release, How Country, featuring 10 original compositions and a classic Kristofferson tune, has garnered both public and critical acclaim. The release party and all-star jam at the iconic Poodie's in December of '09, was one of the largest crowds that venue saw all year. The first song from it to hit the airwaves, Honkytonk Blues, was released in advance of the album. It received airplay in markets across Texas and ended up as the 15th most requested song of 2009 on Radio Free Texas. In April 2010, the title track, How Country, began its journey and is now being spun by a number of terrestrial and online stations that report to both Texas charts and promises to outpace the first single's success.
Mark Allan was nominated for a coveted Texas Music Award, in the category of Rising Star of the Year, upon his first year of eligibility. The awards ceremony took place May 15, 2010 where he was announced as the winner of the award over four other deserving nominees.
What folks are saying
The last couple of years have been a fast ride of shows and faces from across the state. There's a growing collection of people who support Texas artists and venues, as well as those artists themselves and other industry pros who have boarded Mark Allan's outlaw honkytonk train. Here's what a few of them have had to say.
"Mark Allan Atwood is a True Texas Hippie Honky-Tonker, great new record out, can drink me under the table and a great live show with tunes with substance." Brett Dillon - Long time Texas DJ with KHYI 95.3FM The Range, Dallas, TX
"Mark Allan Atwood gets the most out of what he does. Life, songwriting, the new CD, or up on stage, you get the same high-octane energy from a man who not only loves music, but is passionate about sharing with those fortunate enough to cross his path. Double-Dog Dare anyone to test my theory, three bars into an MAA song and you'll know what I'm talking about!" Tres Womack, Singer/Songwriter and Texas Music Awards Songwriter Of The Year 2009
"I think Mark has one of the nicest voices in Country." Dash Crofts, of the legendary duo Seals & Crofts
"Mark is a unique artist, partly because so many of his songs seem like a friendly conversation with the audience ... one line might be a rock & roller's boast, the next a good old boy's self-deprecating shrug. Plus he's got that big, earthy voice to push those cool songs all the way to the cheap seats, and that's a rare combination." Mike Ethan Messick, Singer/Songwriter and writer of Roger Creager's hit, Everclear
"This is one of the most entertaining releases of the year. There's something for everyone here, but get your travelin' shoes on. Once you've heard the disc, you'll stop at nothing until you can catch a live show." Lucky Boyd, MyTexasMusic.com, co-founder of Academy of Texas Music
"I listened to Mark Allan Atwood's new CD on the way home from the release party last night. Folks, you have to get a copy of this in your hands. Seriously, you won't be disappointed. It's one of the best CDs I've listened to this year. Get cha' one." Fond Kiser, Singer/Songwriter, frontman of Fond Kiser and the Swinging Johnsons
"Not a CD full of the typical country clichés. Instead it is a fun, rollicking ride through the life of a professional musician who has a great sense of humor and can certainly laugh at himself." Julie Mercier, founder/owner of LiveCentralTexasMusic.com
"Mark Allan Atwood has been an entertainer for years, and does it show! Even as a solo act, this enigmatic performer pulls the crowd in with some good ol' fashioned, hell-raisin attitude and then knocks 'em flat with his rough edged, passionately delivered ballads. From his arresting choice of covers to his life-stained, gut-blasting originals, he is Honkytonk at its best." Wade Phillips, Outlaw Magazine
Who, What & Where
The full band's current lineup includes Mark Allan on lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars and harmonica, Heath Childs on vocals and lead guitar, Courtney Watson on Drums and Adam Spafford on bass.
Mark Allan is endorsed by and plays Kona Guitars, based in Fort Worth, TX - designed by musicians, for musicians.
The new album, How Country, is available for purchase Lone Star Music (at their physical location in Gruene as well as online at www.lonestarmusic.com), online at www.MyTexasMusic.com, Sundance Records in San Marcos, Hastings in San Marcos, Mustang Music in Marble Falls as well as at all live shows.
Tracks from the album are currently being spun on RadioFreeTexas.org, BigStar97.com, www.txmrs.com, Texas Music Radio Show at www.live365.com/stations/billyg2008, KKCN 103.1 San Angelo, KRUN 1400 AM Ballinger, KHYI 95.3 Dallas, KRVF 106.9 Corsicana and KFAN 107.9 Fredericksburg, KOOK 95.3 Junction, and many others, with more stations adding the single every day. Two of the songs from the album have reached #1 on Radio Free Texas' 40 Most Requested chart and one song has reached the #2 spot. One other track also reached the #1 spot on TOSSM Radio's (now BigStar97) Top 20 Most Requested chart.
Mark Allan performs as a solo acoustic act and as half of a duo, as well as with a full band. Shows can be anywhere from 45 minutes to 4 hours in length. He travels with a sound man and a full PA system.
Mark Allan Atwood