Mark McDonald: Great Long Time (2002)
Mark McDonald, from Santa Rosa, California (50 miles north of San Francisco) is heavily influenced by Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Bukka White, Son House, and Blind Willie Johnson. Contemporaries who have woven their style into Mark’s creativity and performance are Duane Allman, John Hammond Jr., and Jorma Kaukonen. His sound is embellished by an affinity for pre-World War II blues with the occasional modern humor added as a spice, as in “Dr. Laura’s Blues.”
A notable effect of Great Long Time is McDonald’s musical ability to place one's mood into the realm of tranquility. Hectic work weeks, family problems, money worries, lovers’ quarrels, and crying children can be easily forgotten with this blues collection. The delicacy of the music is extremely digestible, and the more you hear it, the tastier it gets.
Great Long Time is available at Amazon.com, CDbaby.com, and through McDonald's website, http://www.markmcdonaldblues.com
Track Listing: Key to the Highway/ Walkin' Blues/ Great Long Time/ Not Around Blues/ Porch Pie/ Ain't Nobody's Business/ Dr. Laura's Blues/ Open Door Blues/ Lucky Few/ Driftin Blues/ Cherry Street/ Steady Rollin' Man
Personnel: Mark McDonald (acoustic guitar, slide, harmonica)
Record Label: Intune