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Toronto, Ontario, Canada | INDIE

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | INDIE
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"Jack Marks"

“Jack Marks has hit the bulls eye when it comes to straight up blue-jean wearing, whisky-sipping, two-stepping country blues music. Marks has crafted a wholly endearing album of tunes that could stand up in any barroom, juke box, or country music station that I'd darken the door of, place my money on, or tune-in to.” - Amanda Putz (CBC Bandwidth) - CBC Bandwidth


"Jack Marks: Two of everything review"

Having only just performed his CD release for Two Of Everything on October 9th 2009 to a packed house at Toronto’s legendary Dakota Tavern, Marks is wasting no time in adding to his growing body of work. “Now that I’ve started a recording career I have no desire to wait a long time between albums” says Marks “for years I put a lot of effort into pursuing my education (Marks holds a four year English B.A. and a B. Ed) but now that period of my life is over and I just want to make records.” People often acknowledge evidence of Marks’ English background in the songs he crafts. Like well written poetry, rarely is there a wasted word among his lyrics tightly packed with imagery, humour and sorrow. If Two of Everything is any indication about the quality of music to be expected from Marks in the future then his fans and critics will not be disappointed.

- Exclaim! magazine


"Jack Marks: Lost Wages Review"

By Kerry Doole
Toronto, ON troubadour Jack Marks is one of the hardest working cats out there, and he's earned serious peer respect. This is reflected in the composition of his band, the Lost Wages, featuring such scene veterans as David Baxter, Sean Dignan and Frank Nevada, while guests on this album include Jadea Kelly, Brian Kobayakawa (Creaking Tree String Quartet), Cleave Anderson (Blue Rodeo) and Jason Sniderman. They flesh out Marks's gritty, yet poetic, compositions, while Baxter also contributes typically empathetic production. Marks's voice could not be deemed "pretty," but the extensive use of female backing vocals is a nice contrast to his rugged delivery. Opening track "Borrow It Gladly Away" has an early Dylan-esque drawl, while album highlight "New Girl Now" has a Springsteen-like feel via its upbeat horns. There are 17 songs on the hour-long disc, with nary a clunker; it's a strong follow-up to his debut, Two Of Everything. Spending for this record certainly won't be a case of lost wages.
- Exclaim! Magazine


Discography

Two Of Everything: 2009
Lost Wages: 2010

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Jack Marks has hit the bulls eye when it comes to straight up blue-jean wearing, whisky-sipping, two-stepping country blues music. Marks has crafted two wholly endearing albums of tunes that could stand up in any barroom, juke box, or country music station that you'd want to place money on, or tune-in to. Like well written poetry, rarely is there a wasted word among his lyrics tightly packed with imagery, humour and sorrow.

Jack Marks is the real deal. He ups the ante for all musicians in his home town of Toronto.