Mark Cline Bates
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“Night Songs is a dynamite album to savor and reflect upon, to help heal and build the heart, to help our soul’s journey find purpose…”
– Shawn M. Haney, Performer Magazine (August 2012)
“The second full-length release from Los Angeles, California’s Mark Bates. After hearing this man’s music you may very well be asking yourself, “Why isn’t this guy already hugely famous?” After all, Bates has the songs…the voice…and the presence to please millions upon millions of fans. His songs are thoughtful, smart, familiar, melodic, and immediately accessible.” – Babysue
”With his mellifluous lead vocals and impeccable pop/rock instrumentation, Bates combines bright infectious melodies with darker lyrical content to create music that has more gravitas and impact than simple pop.”
– Audiophile – Steven Stone ( Sept. 2012)
Southern California can be so beautiful. With the ubiquitous sunshine, the nearness of the ocean and the proximity of the mountains, no wonder so many artistic people are seduced by it. Mark Cline Bates enjoyed his two years in Los Angeles, recording an album, performing in clubs, writing songs, making steady progress: an NPR “song of the day,” airplay on Americana stations worldwide (including the BBC), and appearances on his native state’s venerable radio program Mountain Stage.
There was a well-received 2012 album (Night Songs), recorded and produced in L.A. by Eric Liljestrand, a Grammy winning engineer and producer whose discography includes recent albums by Lucinda Williams. But there was something about California that paled before hills of home, that drew Mark back to West Virginia and tilted his musical vision back closer to country.