mark cool (and the folk stars)

mark cool (and the folk stars)

BandAmericanaFolk

americana, alt-country, folk that's been compared to townes van zandt, gillian welch, lucinda williams, old crow medicine show, and early springsteen.

Biography

What sets Mark Cool's music apart is the earthy, gritty, integrity in his voice, and the honesty and insight of his lyrics, laced at times with wry humor. These qualities have earned him frequent comparisons to Townes Van Zandt and Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen.

"...Honesty, integrity, simplicity, humour, understatement, restraint, a certain joire de vivre that can only be found in folk who know exactly where the bottom and the top can be found, catharsis, realisation..." says Paul Villers of Americana UK Magazine in describing the Durham, NC songwriter's August, 2007 release, "Introducing Mark Cool and the Folk Stars."
Cool is currently on tour in support of the album, combining traditional venues with his "100 house concerts tour."

Mark Cool (yes, that's his real name), formed the band "Mark Cool and the Folk Stars" in 2006 and started playing shows locally in Durham and surrounding areas. The cd was recorded over an 8 month period at Durham's Sound Scripture Studios, with special guests Dom Flemons (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops), Ben Palmer, and others. Americana UK Magazine picked the disc as one of the top 20 of 2007 alongside Wilco, Okkervil River, Paul Case and Crowded House, and the disc has received radio airplay on public radio in north carolina and in europe, one week topping the country/folk/bluegrass chart on WXDU, and also topping Nessmp3, of Scotland's charts.

With a Feb. 08 solo tour of Scotland already under his belt, MC plans to continue the "100 house concerts tour" alongside more conventional venues, and to expand his radius to include the Northeast US and southern states as well. A house concert attendee had this to say about his live show: "The house concert was fabulous! Mark Cool's music is sweet - and sometimes funny - it has a depth and power that taps into a tender appreciation for living- even when it's edges are hard - that makes us want to wake up and feel more alive. Mark's voice and presence take us to that place, along the trail he's traveled and come through singing." -Joanna H. Another UK tour is in the planning stages for july /august '08, and a new cd is expected to be done by early '09.

The new disc:
Introducing Mark Cool and the Folk Stars, August, 2007, Folk Star Recordings- available digitally on itunes, rhapsody, napster, and other sites, for cd's: cdbaby.com, and select record stores.
Contact/ product info:
E-mail: contact@markcool.org
Phone: 919-730-8466
Website: www.markcool.org

Discography

'introducing mark cool and the folk stars', 2007
picked as one of the top 20 cds of 2007 by americana uk magazine

Set List

we usually play two sets of 45 minutes or so.
mostly originals, but can be tailored to an audience, adding more covers if necessary. we play johnny cash, carter family, libba cotten and other old-timey folk and country type covers. we can do a bunch of intrumental tunes, but usually have singing in most of them.