mark buck

mark buck

 London, England, GBR
BandBluesAcoustic

Mark Buck is a singer songwriter and gifted blues/jazz guitarist. Mark has supported: Bo Diddley, Vonda Shepard, KT Tunstall, Eric Burdon and the Animals, John Hammond, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kelly Jo Phelps, Charlie Musselwhite, Los Lobos, Allen Toussaint, Ike Turner, Rod Argent & the Zombies

Biography

Mark Buck's new album, Floating Around, has just been released, it is available for download on itunes, amazon.com and amazon.co.uk and cdbaby.com

www.cdbaby.com/cd/markbuck2

It will soon be available on on spotify.com (this is an amazing free and legal way to listen to music)

On the menu some laid back slide guitar, double bass, brushed drums, harmonica, a sprinkling of hammond. All cooked to perfection with a smoky jazzy/blues flavor. All songs are self penned and, with the exception of the mighty Justin Hildreth who appears on Lazy, all instruments are played by Mark.

Mark has played with many of the blues greats and says "Of all of them my favourite would be John Hammond, the grammy winning blues guitarist, I had the pleasure to support him for the third time and to his suggestion I went out and played solo, me a guitar and harmonica. Wow! it went down a storm, thanks John and Marla"

Later on stage, in the middle of his amazing set, John Hammond praised Mark describing him as "a phenomenal, young guitarist"

Mark has headlined at the amazing Pigalle Club in London. Played support for Bo Diddley at the Forum in London, Eric Burdon and the Animals at the Jazz Cafe London and KT Tunstall at the Garage, The Fabulous Thunderbirds. at the Mean Fiddler ("Mark you really funk," they said).. Also not forgeting John Hammond, Jose Feliciano at the Forum London. Scotty Moore, Kelly Jo Phelps, Charlie Musselwhite "A Torrid performance from Buck" said Jack Massarik, Evening Standard Jazz Critic. Most recently he has opened for Los Lobos on 15th and 16th of August this year, and Allen Toussaint,Ike Turner, and The Zombies, with Colin Blundstone and Rod Argent

Current influences are; Kelly Joe Phelps, Taj Mahal and Robben Ford, Buddy Guy and all the wonderful old blues players whos shoulders we can nervously stand on. Checkout his web site www.markbuck.co.uk

Lyrics

Top of the world

Written By: mark buck

I remember a day some time ago
when we found a place on top of the world
the sun came up and brushed gold accross the hills
and it was still cold when we stopped for a while
we gazed at the view far away
where the land becomes the sea
and silver lights shimmer
as they're washed around the bay

We sat and I chatted to you
and you tried to read a book
the solitude took all your worries away
and side by side we basked in the warming light
this place is our happy place
and its here with you Id like to stay
sitting here on the top of the world
with the little girl I love

we're sitting here on the top of the world
left worry way down below
sitting here on the top of the world
no way I want to go
sitting here on the top of the world
with you here I can stay
sitting here on the top of the world
with the little girl I love

sitting here on the top of the world
with the little girl I love

Contrary Man

Written By: Mark Buck

Make me a coffee and Ill drink you a tea
show me a desert and Ill swim you a sea
Tell me a truth and ill make you a lie
Ill be a contrary man till the day I die
Ill be a contrary man till the day I die

In my considered opinion black is white
one and one is three and day is night
Ask me a Question and ill tell you the time
Cry me a river and Ill throw you a line

When its time to work .....its my time to play
when its time to sleep ......Ill be having my day
When its time to go thats when Ill stay
I do do contrary things in a contrary way
contrary things in a contrary way

Make me a coffee and Ill drink you a tea
show me a desert and Ill swim you a sea
Tell me a truth and ill make you a lie
Ill be a contrary man till the day I die
Ill be a contrary man till the day I die

Ill be a contrary man till the day I die

Lazy

Written By: Mark Buck

Too lazy to send flowers
or put in the hours
chasing around after you
you know you drive me crazy
you make my life so hazy
cos I wanna make love to you

Too lazy to get dressed
too lazy to impress
in a suit and tie and chase right after you
you know you drive me crazy
you make my life so hazy
cos I wanna make love to you

Harp solo

Too lazy to send flowers
or put in the hours
chasing around after you
you know you drive me crazy
you make my life so hazy
cos I wanna make love to you

Too lazy to get dressed
too lazy to impress
in a suit and tie and chase right after you
you know you drive me crazy
you make my life so hazy
cos I wanna make love to you

Floating Around

Written By: Mark Buck

I got two feet firmly on the ground
and two hands on the floor
two feet firmly on the ground
and one eye on the door

you can't put your finger on my chin
you can't pull the wool over my eyes
I've got two feet firmly on the ground
for me there's no surprise

Now I'm floating around
yes I'm floating around
yes I'm floating around
with my two feet firmly on the ground

I met a girl a funny little girl
she had mohican hair
she knocked my feet right from under me
and I didn't even care

I used to have two feet firmly on the ground
I used to have two hands on the floor
two feet firmly on the ground
and one eye on the door

Now I'm floating around
yes I'm floating around
yes I'm floating around
with my two feet firmly on the ground

Harp solo

Now I'm floating around
yes I'm floating around
yes I'm floating around
with my two feet firmly on the ground

Shame On You

Written By: Mark Buck

you think you can walk through fire
you think you can walk through stone
you say you see angels
but only when you're alone

you think you can paint a master
you think you you can write a book
you say you know you're sexy
you say you've got the look

shame on you
shame on you
shame on you
shame on you

You think you have the passion
to turn day into night
you say that two can play
but three would turn on the light

shame on you
shame on you
shame on you
shame on you

Discography

Looking Backwards
Floating Around
available on itunes

Set List

Sets are from 45mins to 2 hours.
We do a mixture of originals and covers. Most are very different from the originals being funked up. Live we are essentially a jam band and evolve songs as we play them, which makes us an exciting proposition live.
Set list (originals)
Top of the world
Contrary Man
Drift Away
Funking Groovy
Nanananana song
Floating around
Set list (covers)
oye como va-Santana
Hallelujah- Jeff Buckley
Moondance- Van Morrison
Bless the weather- John Martyn
Superstition -Stevie Wonder
Every day I have the blues-BB King
Talk to your daughter- Robben Ford
Start it up- Robben Ford
Cannonball-Damien Rice
For what its worth-Stephen Stills
Aint no sunshine- Bill Withers
Calling Card- Rory Gallagher

and many more