Mark Hackley

Mark Hackley

 Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
BandCountryAmericana

My music is country. I have produced 39 professional songs and strongly believe that many of these are great songs that I would like help in taking to the next level. I believe all my songs are especially marketable to a niche in today's market. My voice is unique and could be used as the artist.

Biography

Mark Hackley began playing the guitar at age 9. Born in suburban Maryland, Mark grew up in the 1960's and 70's between the big cities of Baltimore and Washington, DC and the farms of eastern and western Maryland. After two years of guitar lessons and 6 months of piano training, he taught himself to become comfortable with the guitar and also became quite good on the piano.

Mark wrote his first song, entitled “Which Way Will You Choose” at about age 15, and went on to write another 50 tunes by age 20. Mark’s music career was put on hold until the summer of 2001, when he began playing at Mossy Creek Café, a local bar in Fishersville, VA. Since then, Mark has become a regular evening and week-end performing artist- and most recently- a recording artist. In 2003, Mark appeared on the live radio show from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Tennessee. He performs for corporate events, parties and weddings in the Virginia, DC, Maryland, North Carolina, and West Virginia area.

In 2004, Mark produced his first album called “Family Man In Crisis” with Robby Meadows of Stanley, VA. The album was published by Lonesome Dog Publishing, BMI, and is available on-line and in select retailers. From the album, MBC Communications at Mary Baldwin College produced a music video of Mark’s song, Love On Me. The video is on Mark’s website and MySpace page.

With an array of talented studio musicians including the works of notable Nashville guitarist, Bryan Sutton, Mark’s first album considers the challenges of a traveler away from his family. The ballads on the album reflect emotions of extreme loneliness, and a unique Mark Hackley sense of humor. The recording is full of upbeat instrumentals featuring acoustic and electric guitar, steel guitar, fiddle and piano. If you like country music, you’ll find the variety and quality of songs on Mark’s first project worth the cost of the CD.

The most popular songs for radio play and internet downloads are “How About You” and “Ballad of a Traveling Salesman”.

Mark’s second release “Hurricane” is now available. Mark can be booked for shows from his website.

Mark Hackley
c/o Lonesome Dog Publishing, BMI
751 Gwynne Avenue
Waynesboro, VA 22980
Phone/Fax: (540) 941-8897
http://www.markhackley.com
e-mail: rolinecorp@msn.com

Lyrics

Mistakes

Written By: Cathy Sliwoski

Verse 1

First mistake, he left before sunrise

Couldn't bear to see the look in her sad, blue eyes

So he just kissed her, while she was still asleep

Then he jumped behind the wheel of his beat-up jeep

Next mistake, he drove east

Into the prettiest painted dawn in over a week

And it filled up the windshield with blue and pink

Till his eyes couldn't see and his mind wouldn't think

Chorus

His tears fell like the miles between them

His heart ached like an old love song

And the wind whispered, "Daddy where ya goin?"

And how long will you be gone?

Verse 2

So many mistakes, so little time

To answer all the questions in his mind

Should he stay, or should he go?

Today it seems like only Heaven knows

Last mistake, he kept drivin'

The only way he knew to keep survivin'

But he'll come back for his baby someday

When he forgives her momma for going astray

Chorus

His tears fell like the miles between them

His heart ached like an old love song

And the wind whispered, "Daddy where ya goin?"

And how long will you be gone?

Repeat Chorus (w/ slight variation)

His tears fell like the miles between them

His heart ached like a George Jones song

And the wind whispered, "Daddy where ya goin?"

And how long will you be gone?

Daddy, How long will you be gone?

Daddy, don't stay gone too long

*Words and Music C. 2008 by Lonesome Dog Publishing

How About You

Written By: Mark Hackley

Verse 1

What would you do if I told you

You were the only one for me?

What would you say? Would it scare you away?

I guess I'd have to say it and see, I guess I'd have to say it and see

Verse 2

How would you feel about tomorrow

If I told you that tomorrow you'd still be free?

I don't want your life, I just want your love

I guess I'd have to say it and see
I guess I'd have to say it and see

Chorus

How 'bout you? Are you ready to hear what I've gotta say?

How 'bout love? Is it calling you today?

How 'bout you? Are you ready to hear what I've gotta say?

How 'bout love? Is it calling you away?

Verse 3

What would you think if I whispered,
You're the one I want eternally?

What would you do if I whispered,
I love you?

I guess I'd have to say it and see
I guess I'd have to say it and see

Chorus

How 'bout you? Are you ready to hear what I've gotta say?

How 'bout love? Is it calling you today?

How 'bout you? Are you ready to hear what I've gotta say?

How 'bout love? Is it calling you away?

C- 2004 Lonesome Dog Publishing

Cowgirls and All That Jazz

Written By: Mark Hackley

Introduction-

Why Must I pray, everyday

That you stay with me and never

Get on that horse and ride away?

(Spoken- "Come on cowgirl, you know what I'm talkin' about")

Verse 1-

Love me

Need me

Don't make me be one who's used

I've been beaten, I've been bruised before

You've gotta love me more

Chorus-

Show me there's a common link of love, Baby

Tell me you won't ever give me up, Darlin

Show me there's a common link of love, Baby

Tell me you won't ever give me up

Verse 2-

Don't say yes and then say no

Don't go fast and then go slow

Don't get me high and leave me low

Don't fade away and please don't go

Chorus-

Show me there's a common link of love, Baby

Tell me you won't ever give me up, Darlin

Show me there's a common link of love, Baby

Tell me you won't ever get on that horse and ride into the sunset and leave me here stranded...

Out-tro

Why must I pray, everyday?

That you stay with me and never get on that horse and ride away

(Spoken- "Come on cowgirl, I know what I'm talkin' about")

Spoken- Baby I love you so much- you're my link
Please Cowgirl, don't keep ridin' without me

-Cool jazzy instrumental-

*c-2008 Lonesome Dog Publishing

Ballad of a Traveling Salesman

Written By: Mark Hackley

V-1
Get up in the morning and jump in the shower and I am thinkin' of you

I hop in my car and drive around for an hour, and I'm still thinkin' of you

CHORUS-
Don't ya know that, I love you and I'll be thinkin' of you?
Don't ya know that, I love you and I'll be thinkin' of you?

V-2
Meet with some people and settle some deals, and I am thinkin' of you

Get back in my car and I squeal me some wheels, and I'm still thinkin' of you

CHORUS-
Don't ya know that, I love you and I'll be thinkin' of you?
Don't ya know that, I love you and I'll be thinkin' of you?

V-3
Close a big sale over a Japanese lunch and I'm still thinkin' of you

Wish I was on a picnic with my Honeybunch, but I'm still thinkin' of you

CHORUS-
Don't ya know that, I love you and I'll be thinkin' of you?
Don't ya know that, I love you and I'll be thinkin' of you?

V-4
My day's almost over and it's off to a bar, and I'm still thinkin' of you

I might get kinda trashed so I don't take my car, but I'm still thinkin of you

CHORUS-
Don't ya know that, I love you and I'll be thinkin' of you?
Don't ya know that, I love you and I'll be thinkin' of you?

V-5
These nights on the road are the hardest to bear, but I'm still thinkin of you

Hope the family's still together by the time I get there
But I'm still thinkin of you

CHORUS-
Don't ya know that, I love you and I'll be thinkin' of you?
Don't ya know that, I love you and I'll be thinkin' of you?

Repeat and fade

C-2004 Lonesome Dog Publishing

Discography

Family Man In Crisis- 2004
All tracks available for download- CD Baby/ itunes, etc.
Hurricane- 2008
All tracks available for download- CD Baby/ itunes, etc.

Set List

45 min- 1 1/2 hr sets. Usually do covers and originals.
SONG LIST:

Dark Hollow - Folksong
Dixieland Delite - Alabama
Forever and Ever Amen - Randy Travis
Me and Bobby McGee - Kris Kristofferson
Georgia on My Mind - Willie Nelson
Ain't Misbehavin' - Hank Williams Jr.
I'm Just a Country Boy - Don Williams
Lord I Hope This Day is Good - Don Williams
Your Song - Elton John
If Tomorrow Never Comes - Garth Brooks
Shameless - Garth Brooks
The Fireman - George Strait
City of New Orleans - Willie Nelson
It Must Be Love - Alan Jackson
If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot
Back Home Again - John Denver
Country Roads - John Denver
Mountain Railroad - Gospel Song
Lil Red Riding Hood - Oldies Song
If I Was Jesus - Toby Keith
Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet
Lookin For Love - Johnny Lee
A Little Less Talk
You Are My Sunshine - Folksong
Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
Fire and Rain - James Taylor
Handyman - James Taylor
Walk the Line - Jo