CD REVIEW: Mark Brine – “for Karrie”
By Stacey Board - 08/11/2003 - 05:14 PM EDT
Artist: Mark Brine Album: “for Karrie” CD Review:
Mark Brine was blessed with a name that describes him well. There is something ancient, wide and somewhat salty about his music.
This is a collection of country tunes played and arranged beautifully and sung with a sweetly slightly off center plaintive voice. Sounding like a country standard, “Up on Elk’s Ridge” is one of my favorites, as is the honky tonk sounding “Baby You Move Me”. He writes from what is thought of now as the more traditional country school. But he also has his own unique style that stretches towards more contemporary folk music.
His guitar playing is quite fine and the musicians accompanying him are excellent. The choices he made in arrangement really suit the songs, allowing the story of the song to stand out front. The production quality is top-notch.
Fans of the traditional school of country looking for a new voice to discover will be glad they found this CD.
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