Sunday, July 23, 2006

Easin' into Monday

I seem to feature a fair share of musicians from the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore area here on the Bus. I tend to be a bit biased, since I grew up in that area, but the greater D.C. area does have a very vibrant music scene. During the 1960s through the '80s anyone who was anyone in bluegrass music needed a following in the Baltimore/Washington corridor. The Seldom Scene, Country Gentlemen, Don Reno and Bill Harrell, the Bluegrass Cardinals (who moved from California to northern Virginia to be part of the movement).

Mostly known as the "Capitol of Bluegrass", the area has a strong musical community. Other artists that have ties to the area include: Jim Morrison of the Doors; Blues powerhouse, Ruthie Foster; Roomful of Blues; The Nighthawks; street musician, Bob Devlin; Roy Clark; Danny Gaton...

I have recently become aware of a very talented multi-instrumentalist from Takoma Park, a suburb of D.C. on the Maryland side. Mark Sylvester plays in several local bands and teaches guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass. He spent last summer in Vancouver, British Columbia as music director and composer for the well received theater piece Other Freds.

Mark's guitar work is crisp and precise, flowing beautifully from his guitar whether flat-picked or finger-picked. Fans of guitar masters Michael Hedges and Alex DiGrassi will want to keep an eye on this young man. His first CD American Gypsy is available at CD Baby.
Stop by his website for more info.

Mark Sylvester - Urban Nocturne.mp3

Mark Sylvester - Caravan.mp3

Update:
Well, it turns out the firewall where I work does block this site!
I'm still working on a fix.

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