Mark Lennon

Mark Lennon

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The Mark Lennon band creates a blend of folk-jam rock that captures classic melodies and memorable lyrics. Take a listen to Mark Lennon's new album "Down the Mountain."

Biography

Roots singer/songwriter Mark Lennon blindsides Los Angeles with his third album Down the Mountain. Sun drenched city streets set the scene for songs of lost love, reflection, family, and longing for the South.

“I grew up on hippie music and bluegrass, so I like when music has great lyrics but also jams out,” says Lennon, who still considers North Carolina his home. “I am proud of our musical upbringing. We lived in a little speck-on-a-map town, but always had some amazing bands passing through.”

A Los Angeles transplant, Lennon has lived in Southern California for the past seven years combining his folk, bluegrass, classic country, and rock and roll influences. The Mark Lennon Band brings together a diverse group of musicians from a variety of backgrounds, creating a sound only found on Down the Mountain.

“This is fresh. This is simplicity at it’s finest.”
-Twister Valley Records

"...lovely sounding roots rock album with hints of Ryan Adams (especially vocally), the Grateful Dead and the Black Crowes. These songs are still on rotation after three weeks - a good sign - they're memorable, catchy and shouting out for recognition."
-Americana UK

"He’s not flashy, but then again he doesn’t have to be. Just listen to his music and you’ll realize he’s a savvy musician speaking simple, honest truths."
-Country Music Pride

"Mark is no slouch himself when it comes to vocals - there's a palpable yearning in his voice as he sings "My Hometown" another highlight from the album."
-Beat Surrender

"His music brings to mind the folk and country-rock sounds of early ‘70s Golden State transplants like Brewer & Shipley and Grateful Dead."
-Hyperbolium

“a perfect mixture of heartfelt lyrics, easing yet engaging melodies and, similar to each Mark Lennon song, it tells a story and takes the listener on their own musical journey of keeping roots while chasing dreams.”
-Performer Magazine

Lyrics

Down the Mountain

Written By: Mark Lennon

Summertime sun never felt so warm
Everybody’s caught in a different storm, looking for love looking for fun, never look back on what you’ve done.

I said come on down the mountain
Come on to me, come on tell me baby, there another life to see.

Back roots all down America
Livin’ life like the rest of ya, looking for change or stayin’ the same,
never look down on the sound of your name.

I said come on down the mountain
Come on to me, come on tell me baby, there another life to see.

Well the wind always blows up on hickory hill, movin’ through life and I’m standing still, just when you think you’re movin’ on, never look down on what you’ve done wrong.

I said come on down the mountain
Come on to me, come on tell me baby, there another life to see.

I said come on down the mountain
Come on to me, come on tell me baby, there another life to see.
Another life to see,
Come on now baby just you and me.

My Hometown

Written By: Mark Lennon

Everything’s grey and green, it's taken me back to where I used to be.
Nothing seems wrong all day long as I passed the tree lined streets,
of my hometown
of my hometown
it’s my hometown to me.

Years marking our time,
I see that I need to change my mind.
Just waiting to be heard,
wondering through the countryside.
Making faces at the lonely places, just trying to pass my time,
in my hometown
in my hometown
it’s my hometown to me.

People going through the motions, looking out at the big blue sky.
well I wish I may, I wish I might, i wish I didn’t have to leave tonight,
from my hometown
from my hometown
it’s my hometown to me.
my hometown
my hometown

in my hometown
in my hometown
it’s my hometown to me.

Wildside

Written By: Mark Lennon and Simone Stevens

Well I got your face on my mind now,
I hear your voice out loud.
Singing through on my tape recorder
Blue nights dance around my mind.

Oooo…what’s it going to come to
To get you on the wildside, the wildside.
Oooo…what’s it going to come to
To get you on the wildside, tonight.

Well I got my heart in the basement,
I got my eyes on the pavement.
Nothing you can say will change me,
Something I gotta do, well I know.

Oooo…what’s it going to come to
To get you on the wildside, the wildside.
Oooo…what’s it going to come to
To get you on the wildside, tonight.

So I’m across town waiting,
Words change the sounds I want to say.

Well I’ve got you phone number babe, and I’ve got your address too.

Counting buses and faces and street signs, everything don’t matter, if you’re mine.

I can’t be who you want me to be,
Don’t take it too hard, cause babe it’s not you.

Oooo…what’s it going to come to
To get you on the wildside, the wildside.
Oooo…what’s it going to come to
To get you on the wildside, tonight.

Discography

Down the Mountain (2009) VTR
Broken EP (2007) VTR
Back the the Roots (2004) VTR