John Mark McMillan

John Mark McMillan

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British influenced, Springsteen infused rock, Southern by association. Sounds like: Pete Yorn, Ryan Adams, Death Cab for Cutie, Bruce Springsteen, etc.

Biography

A 26 year-old songwriter from Charlotte, NC, John Mark McMillan is a growing presence in the U.S. and in the U.K. His combination of honest lyricism and raw musicality has won him fans from all parts of the globe.

Press Release:
"This album deals with what happens when you fall apart"
-John Mark McMillan

You get the sense, when listening to an album by John Mark McMillan, that there is another America out there. It's an America more real than the one you're used to: the one of endless car dealerships, sprawled out suburbia, and shoeshine religion. This is not that America. This is the America that exists, breathing and living, outside the realm of blue state and red state allegiance. This is the America built on the backs of the bruised and the broken, the America of under-produced country music, fuzzed out rock and roll and old time gospel.

Though McMillan's most recent release, The Song inside the Sounds of the Breaking Down, may open up with the deceptively Anglo-centric "London town", the sound was most definitely born in the U.S.A. From the banjos and tube crunch of "Breaking Down" to the careening, slightly drunken "Next to You Now", McMillan and company have crafted an album that sonically stretches from sea to shining sea, subtly pulling from influences as disparate as Springsteen, Whiskeytown, and Death Cab for Cutie.

Lyrically, John Mark McMillan thinks like a poet. Lines like "I've been walking in my sleep/digging trenches in the pavement with the soles of my feet" and "I dreamed I kissed your feet/between the cigarette butts on the side of fourteenth street" wind their way through the tunes like Carolina copperheads. The result is a thread that binds all of McMillan's music together: being broke down. Whether it's the death of a friend or the distance of a lover, the ghost that haunts John Mark's soul seems to brood on the back of his brokenness. And really, from the blues to Bob Dylan, what could be more American than that?

The Song Inside the Sounds of the Breaking Down is available now on iTunes, CD Baby, Tower Records, John Mark's website at www.thejohnmark.com, and othe rplaces quality recordings are sold. It was produced by Elijah Mosley and features James Duke on lead guitars, Al Sergel on drums, Andy Kurzweg on bass, and Joel Simmons on keys.

Discography

2006 Full Length Recording:
"The Song Inside the Sounds of Breaking Down"

2002 Full Length Recording:
"Hope Anthology Volume One"

Set List

KISS YOUR FEET
LONDON TOWN
BETWEEN THE CRACKS
NEXT TO YOU
BREAKING DOWN
ALIVE
SETTING SUNS
ASHES AND FLAMES
MAKE YOU MOVE
WALKING IN MY SLEEP
CLOSER
PHILIDELPHIA