Mark Huff And His Band

Mark Huff And His Band

Jack Evan Johnson, O Wildly

Fri, February 9, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Las Vegas, NV

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Mark Huff
Mark Huff
NASHVILLE-BASED SINGER-SONGWRITER MARK HUFF’S NEW ALBUM STARS FOR EYES BREATHES REAL LIFE INTO TALES OF LOVE, LOSS AND MYSTERY With Grammy-winner Chad Brown producing, Huff’s new compositions— and one Leonard Cohen classic—reinforce his reputation as a heralded Americana song craftsman and poignant vocalist while expanding his sonic vision with the support of a superlative musical cast. Release date is March 23 on Exodus Records. NASHVILLE, TN — “There are two kinds of singers: the ones you believe and the ones you don’t,” observes Mark Huff. “Anything that’s good stems from honesty.” You can hear the ring of honesty throughout Huff’s ninth solo release, Stars for Eyes, as he negotiates the highs and lows of love and life in its 11 songs. But like real life, there’s nothing simple about the characters that populate his tunes or their emotions. As Huff knows, even the bliss of falling in love can be laced with conflict—a duality he captures perfectly in the title track’s shimmering sonic dreamscape, elegantly painted with steel and electric guitars, keyboards, and an angelic choir of female voices to support the balance of limerence and doubt in his arcing vocal melody. Stars for Eyes follows his 2016 Americana tour de force, Down River, which ranged from full-tilt roots rock to gospel-fueled allegory, all spiked by Huff’s expert writing, open-hearted vocal performances, and ear for perfect musical support. In his new album’s “I Know You Don’t Want My Love”—a number driven by Huff’s own acoustic guitar—he ventures into darker territory as the song’s narrator is driven toward madness and even, possibly, murder, by cold-hearted rejection. All the while, the warm, wailing tones of an effects- laden pedal steel played by Russ Pahl (Pretenders, Dan Auerbach, John Hiatt, Lana Del Rey) provides ghostly commentary. Huff is also joined by a host of other accomplished players on Stars for Eyes, which was produced by Grammy winner Chad Brown, who has worked with Ryan Adams, Faith Hill, Gretchen Peters, Tom Russell, Dr. John, and Hayes Carll. Brown won a Grammy in 2015 for his work on Mike Farris’ Shine for All the People. Other guests include guitarist Doug Lancio
Jack Evan Johnson
Jack Evan Johnson
For his debut full-length album, titled “Self Made Man” (to be released in 2014), Johnson assembled a superband of young and veteran players who, combined, have accompanied Chuck Berry, Reckless Kelly, Deer Tick, The Killers and many other notable acts. Legendary pianist Charlie Shaffer, once a member of Las Vegas’s very first rock and roll band in the 1950s, even joined the group. The “Self Made Man” studio band brought Johnson’s new songs to life with a perfect balance of honky tonk twang and back alley punch, and after recording in Las Vegas, Johnson again brought the album to Nashville. There it was mixed by wunderkind engineer Ed Spear, who has made a name for himself working alongside Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell and also engineering records for Jack White’s Third Man Records. Finally, “Self Made Man” was mastered by Nashville engineer Richard Dodd, whose credits include iconic artists such as Steve Earle, Tom Petty and The Traveling Wilburys.

With songs ranging from country ballads to blazing rock and roll, “Self Made Man” represents the missing link between Johnson’s days rocking with Dude City and his solo acoustic act, and is his most dynamic and well-crafted album to date, both lyrically and musically. But while you can take the songwriter out of the band, you can’t take the rock out of the rock and roller. While he still often plays acoustic, Johnson admits that he does prefer to perform with a band. And when he does, his guitar is still often very loud. And sometimes it’s too loud to even tell what he’s saying. But at least these days he knows exactly who he is.
O Wildly - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
O Wildly
Venue Information:
124 South 11th Street
Las Vegas, NV, 89101