Mark Jackson Band

Mark Jackson Band

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The Mark Jackson Band is a 6 X San Diego Music Award nominee receiving "Best Americana Album of the Year" nomination for their well-regarded 2003 debut CD, "Vigilante Road". Additional nominations in 2004 through 2007 were received for Best Americana Band. Mark and his band: original/roots/country

Biography

Mark Jackson ~ guitar, Lead Vocal
Mark is a singer/songwriter whose music has traveled from the hills of Oklahoma to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Influenced by such greats as Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Willie Nelson, Mark nurtures their heritage of storyteller and poet. Using a voice that enfolds the listener in depth of emotion, Mark creates a straight-talking Western/ American style of music which has become his own rich, signature sound.
Some are blessed with a voice to sing and some are blessed with words that touch our hearts. Mark is blessed with the talents of both!

Pamela Haan ~ Vocals, guitar, percussion, piano
Pam grew up in the midst of a Midwestern family full of classically trained musicians. Pam developed a strong ear for close, stacked harmonies while listening to her father sing in gospel and barbershop quartets. That strength grew to include the full, flowing harmonies found in traditional country music as well as the multi-layered harmonies of 70s rock. Bands such as Poco and the Eagles are strong influences for her. Today, Pam lends her hypnotic voice to create the strong harmonies that add rich layers of sound heard within Mark Jackson's original music.

David Morgan ~ Pedal steel guitar, dobro, vocals
David started his professional music career in Boston, touring the northeast area of the country with the country rock band "Wheatstraw". After moving to the west coast, David continued to make his living playing pedal steel guitar for several popular country bands in the San Diego area. His next adventure included the local folk & coffee house circuit, performing original music as a member of the trio "Spare Change". David plays old style non-pedal steel guitar in "The Hank Show", which replicates the sound and look of Hank William's original music. David has played an integral part of the Mark Jackson Band in recordings and performances over the past several years.

Grant Kester ~ Harmonica, vocals
Grant grew up on the east coast. He is a dynamic harmonica player who performed with numerous R&B bands over the years in that region of the country. Now a resident of San Diego, Grant is a PHD college music professor. He utilizes his educational experience as a cornerstone for blending his strong blues background together with the acoustic roots of country & honky-tonk. Grant creates a unique signature within the core of the Mark Jackson Band. His immense talents have helped mold a sound that is lively and truly memorable.

Paul Cruz ~ Acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin, bass, vocals
As a member of the Mark Jackson Band, Paul blends his own remarkable style with an extraordinary love for Americana music. His many musical influences include Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, and Ray Lamontagne. A native of San Diego County, Paul co-founded the band, "Grand Canyon Sundown". Often, these two bands team up to create a metamorphic sound that will stop a listener in their tracks! Paul's humble and quiet persona belies the strength within. His creativity and passion flow like the constant hum of electric wire, allowing his ideas and energy to translate his voice into a wonderful fluidity of sound.

Jason Postelnek ~ Bass, vocals, violin, guitar
Jason originates from Miami, Florida. He came to sunny San Diego ten years ago to pursue his musical interests and passions. Through the years, Jason has performed and recorded with numerous projects and bands. Teaming up with Paul Cruz, he co-founded the band, "Grand Canyon Sundown". Jason lives and performs the Americana experience through the influential music of Hank Williams, Towns Van Zandt, and Steve Earl. Jason brings this passion and influence to the Mark Jackson Band, contributing a vibe that adds another layer of rich harmonic sound.

Dave Wilkie ~ Drums, percussion, vocals
Another San Diego native, Dave grew up listening to his father's hot country band, "Tall Cotton". Surrounded by true Americana sound has gifted him with a talent as natural as breathing. For the last fifteen years, Dave has been involved in a wide variety of projects and styles; including the punk band, "Model Citizen", and "Josai's Reggae House Band" at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. Dave welcomes his return home to his original roots music, bringing a refreshing new layer of depth and energy to the Mark Jackson Band. Influenced through great country artists such as Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and George Jones, Dave retains his family's heritage while maintaining his own unique language of music.

This talented band performs regularly at a variety of local clubs, regional venues, benefit shows, and corporate/private events. Some of which include:

SeaWorld's "Sea to Shining Sea" Festival, San Diego, CA

Adams Ave. Street Fair, San Diego, CA

Dark-Thirty House Concert series in Lakeside, CA

Concerts on the Green series in El Cajon, CA

Concerts in the Park series in La Mesa, CA

Weighor

Lyrics

Lost time on the old Highway

Written By: Mark C. Jackson

Last night he talked about her. Said, "It's been so long."
He said, "I ain't looking for no right or for no wrong."
A true confession with a friend and a warm cup of coffee,
Burning memories and half forgotten songs.

She was his mystery girl, a wil-o-the wisp
She was like smoke that brought him tears.
He give her all the world she gave him more,
Gave their love like they'd never done before.

Lost time on the old highway, dreams gone by.
Last night he talked about his painted lady
And how she gave him back the deep, blue sky.

Well he said, "One night we caught an eastbound,
Man how we laid down some track
Mile after mile and never looking back.
Made love by star light under a black mountain sky
Rode out a lifetime in such a short time."

Lost time on the old highway, dreams gone by . . .

It could've been the wind that swept her away
Maybe she was like the Moon, couldn't stand the light a day.
He dreamed she was an angel as he lay asleep that night
Unfolding fragile wings, he dreamed she flew away.

Last night he talked about her. Said, "It's been so long."
He said, "I ain't looking for no right or for no wrong."
A true confession with a friend and a warm cup of coffee,
Burning memories and half forgotten songs.

Lost time on the old highway, dreams gone by.
Last night he talked about his painted lady
And how she gave him back the deep, blue sky.

Man of Misery

Written By: Mark C. Jackson

I rode the wild highway, swore I’d never settle down
Weed & whiskey’s why I wouldn’t come around.
But here lately I’ve held onto a righteous truce
Bought a longer lease on life and tried to keep it loose.
Been standing in the middle Baby, somewhere in between
A very, very happy guy and a man of misery.

I lost my feelings but I ain’t lost my touch
I gave up on giving cause it hurt too much.
I threw away love and cherished the pain
I locked myself outside; I been drowning in the rain.
Now I’m standing on your back porch with my hand upon the screen
Baby, please unlock the door for this man of misery.

Sometimes my memories are messing with me
It’s hard to tell what is real.
And sometimes this old heart of mine gets burned, Baby burned
To allow the truth to be healed . . .
I’ll tell you everything I know about who I am today
But later on this evening I may throw it all away.
How to turn my words to action’s still a mystery
So Baby please show patience and have a little faith in me.

Instrumental:

Sometimes my memories are messing with me
It’s all that is real.
And sometimes this old heart of mine gets burned, Baby burned
To allow the truth to be healed . . .

I rode the wild highway, swore I’d never settle down
Weed & whiskey’s why I wouldn’t come around.
But here lately I’ve held onto a righteous truce
Bought a longer lease on life and stayed away from the noose.
Been standing in the middle Baby, somewhere in between
A very, very happy guy and a man of misery.

One long Minute

Written By: Mark C. Jackson

Love my Baby, she loves me too
Living day-to-day, no time to lose.
So with the lights turned way down low
We take one long minute and don’t let go.

A simple smile to catch our eye,
A soft touch sends a shiver up our spine.
It’s a feeling that sets Love free,
Takes one long minute to eternity.

We’re like two candles burning in the wind
Almost blown out again and again and again.
And when the flames burn down too low
We take one long minute and breathe fire into our souls.

Instrumental:

We're like two candles burning in the wind
Almost blown out again and again and again.

So when you and your baby are feeling blue
Life’s tough and you thinking that you’re through,
Turn the lights down, way down low
Take one long minute and don’t let go.

Discography

"Vigilante Road" 2002 - Mark Jackson. (Nominated for The 2003 San Diego Music Award's Best Americana Album of the Year)

"Borrowed Time" and "Charlotte Texas" Received radio airplay on KPRI 102-1 FM San Diego, Ca. and World Music Radio internet.

"Love May Take the Long Road Home" 2005 - Mark Jackson Band.

"One Long Minute" Received airplay on FM94/9 San Diego, Ca. and included in Oasis's 2006 compilation CD released nationwide.

"A Real Charmed Life" set for early 2009 Release - Mark Jackson; co-produced and recorded by Alan Sanderson. (Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Ryan Adams)

"Open Wide" included in "Staring at the Sun" compilation CD 2008, San Diego, Ca.

More to come!

Set List

Our sets are 45 minutes to an hour long.
All our songs are original except where noted.
These sets were recently performed at an outdoor music festival.

Set 1
Two Hearts-Bruce Fitzsimmons
Borrowed Time
Southbound to Georgia
Paradise-John Prine
Save Me From This Heartache
Charlotte Texas
Seven Second Smile
Desert Wind
Runaway Train-cover
Blue Eyes-Willie Nelson
One Long Minute
Knocking on Heaven¡¦s Door-Bob Dylan

Set 2
Velvet Heartache
Open Wide-Peter Bolland
Crazy Love-Van Morrison
Naked in the Rain
Goodnight Sweet World
The Weight-The Band
My Heart¡¦s on Fire
Trouble Maker-cover
Man of Misery
My Little Sweetie Pie
Friend of the Devil-the Greatful Dead
Last exit to Lakeside
Western Radio
Hindsight-David Morgan
Tell Me Why-Neil Young