Literate and understated, subtle and charged, roots-rocker McKay makes music fitting alongside Steve Earle and Springsteen; an alt-country force. -- Nate Schweber, Village Voice
Lyrically, McKay trusts his instincts and ventures into the abstract; the smaller moments are microcosms. -- Nick Zaino III, Paste Magazine
The power-pop melancholy of Matthew Sweet, the throttle of Uncle Tupelo, the tattered insight of Townes Van Zandt. -- Randy Harward, Harp Magazine
Mark McKay has earned a reputation for writing rugged and beautiful songs in the tradition of rootsy rock’n roll; his work is often compared to that of Alejandro Escovedo, Cracker’s David Lowry, and a Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen.
On Shimmer (produced by Eric "Roscoe" Ambel), the songs are philosophical, romantic, and at times political.
Shimmer was released September 14, 2004.
Shimmer is an album that sounds big and true; electric guitars churn and moan over a driving rhythm section while individual songs are colored by organ, piano, cello, trumpet, and other instruments from Ambel’s Cowboy Technical Services recording studio in Brooklyn.
Live from the Memory Hotel (Dren 2003) captures the intimacy and energy of Mark’s acoustic and electric performances from several shows in 2002 with special guests Kris Delmhorst and the band June Star. Renowned Brooklyn artist Steve Keene contributed original art for this album which was mastered by Scott Hull at the Hit Factory in NYC.
Mark recorded his critically acclaimed debut album, Nothing Personal (Dren 2001) in Boston with producer Ducky Carlisle.
Mark’s version of "Fatal Wound" appears on For Anyone That’s Listening, A Tribute to Uncle Tupelo (Flat Earth 2003). His interpretation of "I Know You Rider" appears on Ain’t No Grave (Dren 2003), a compilation of traditional music. His rendition of "Who'll Stop the Rain" is the lead track on Chooglin': A Tribute to the Songs of John Fogerty (Dren 2002) and his solo version of "St. Matthew" appears on Papa Nez: A Tribute to the Work of Michael Nesmith (Dren 2001),
released September 14, 2004
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