up in Nashville, TN and playing professionally from age 15 on,
Mark Stuart set his sights on being a recording/touring artist.
Much of the time in the 1980s and 1990s he fronted his own roots
music band in the US southeast. The rock, blues, country, and
folk mixture that poured from his
vocals/guitar/piano/songwriting defined him as being more
versatile than most artists, musically speaking. At times, he
took jobs as a guitarist for hire to get a respite from being a
bandleader, front man, self-booking agent. This is how he became
visible to some as a guitar wiz, instead of the
singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist that he is. Some
periods he toured with Texas legend Freddy Fender, or
folk-rocker Steve Forbert. Then, there were stints with
country-rocker Steve Earle (who became his brother in-law).
While being an opening act (with wife, Stacey Earle) for folk
icon Joan Baez, Stuart so enamored the headliner that she would
bring him onstage during her show to
guitar work. This took place nightly on a two month tour!
In 1998, Stuart and his wife made her first album
on their own label, Gearle Records. Mark’s co-producer and
guitar/vocal “stamp” was very present on Stacey Earle’s “Simple
Gearle” CD. And, this lead to his own record “Songs From A
Corner Stage”, the next release on their label. After touring
hundreds of dates in the USA, Canada, UK, and Europe the couple
decided (in 2001) to join forces as an official duo (Stacey
Earle & Mark Stuart). Some two thousand concerts later, Mark has
re-embarked on a solo career, as the duo is dormant.
Mark Stuart is touring heavily and his performances are littered
with great guitar pieces, self-penned songs from his solo
records and duo records. Also, he does “tribute” songs to those
notable artists he used to work for, and, includes fascinating
stories about the experiences along the way.