CAROUSEL is Mark’s offering to the sounds that influenced his life and career; both a look back to a time when records were crafted with passionate abandon, and a look forward to what is still possible. Recorded with Alfred James Goodrich at Silvertone Studios in Ardmore PA, mixed with Don Rodenbach at Chews Landing Studios in Laurel Springs NJ, and mastered by Paul Hammond.
The Mark Evans Band features a rhythm section of Philly stalwarts Roy Fisher and Jeff Pancoast (of the Peace Creeps and Road Dogs), Grammy winner Pat Robinson on keys, and Allen James (Kenn Kweeder, Deb Callahan, Greg Sover) on lead guitar. The comaraderie they share has led to Mark’s most powerful record yet.
Guest artists on the new record include Johnny Marchiano (Peace Creeps), Gene Yeager, The AJB Strings - Valerie Vuolo (Michael Ronstadt) and Alfred James, Deb Chamberlain, and Ray Long’s Horns (Scott McClatchy).
From his early days with Philadelphia's "Life After Bob", on to NYC and writing "Steady Now" with Amanda Kravat (the love ballad for the USA Films international release Never Again (staring Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Cayburgh, as well as the Centerpiece Screening of the Philadelphia Film Festival, plus a long afterlife in Foreign TV) ... and on through the Nashville years (where he build long-lasting writing relationships, sang on the stage of The Ryman Auditorium, performed at The Bluebird, and opened for Grammy winners Lonestar)... Mark's work has remained diverse and unpredictable.
However, along the way his life had become a solo-artist's carnival ride. Now, happily settled in Chester County PA, he's teamed up with some of most talented (and humble!) players on the Philly music scene, and has completed recording on the fittingly titled new album "Carousel".
The album's first single "If I Were Blind" b/w "Sky Fallen" is available on iTunes and CD Baby, and has been featured on WSTW's "Hometown Heroes" with Mark Rodgers.
A Vinyl edition of Carousel will be available in the fall.