The title track, "Hurricane", is a song about a woman selling her soul to an untamed lover.
Other great songs on Mark's second album include: "Karaoke King" and "Cowgirls and All That Jazz". The latter song combines a lonely cowboy's campfire ballad with upbeat jazz sounds of guitarist Bryan Sutton. Singers Brenda Remis and the Mary Baldwin girls join Mark in many songs with backup vocals.
Once again, Mark's creativity and humor shine throughout the project. It's another great Mark Hackley CD for your listening pleasure, and a perfect CD to add to your Indie artist music collection.
Family Man in Crisis
A hard-working traveling salesman by day, a country music star by night. Mark cut his debut CD, "Family Man in Crisis" in 2004. His first album was inspired by many years of on-the-road selling. It's tough for a man to be without his family and it's always good to be home again. Many of the songs featured on the album were written behind the wheel and in hotel rooms in Virginia and North Carolina.
Although he doesn't play any instruments on the CD, Mark began playing the guitar at the tender age of nine and then took up piano. He wrote his first song at age fifteen. The musicians that co-producer Robby Meadows (who appeared on Nashville's Grand Old Opry in 2007) selected for the project make this album worth listening to. Nashville guitarist, Bryan Sutton, helped Hackley with guitar, mandolin and banjo parts for his debut project. Sutton has also helped Josh Turner and other rising country stars with their music productions.
"Mark Hackley hails from Virginia and 'Family Man In Crisis,' his
debut album, reveals a talented singer/writer who appears to be able to
handle any country music style. In his varied and immensely enjoyable
programme you will find the touching story song 'Move On Your Dreams,' the
two-stepping 'Family Man,' the charming tale about the joys of flying (but
with a deeper meaning) 'Rainbow' and the heart string puller 'If I Lost
You.' Mark has a wicked sense of humor too as portrayed by the brilliant
novelty 'Come Up.' A powerful debut leaving me eagerly awaiting the
Pete Smith, Strictly Independent Radio, United Kingdom, 2006