Mark Cole (musician)

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Mark Cole
GenresBlues, Americana
Occupation(s)multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, harmonica, guitar, accordion, mandolin
Years active1982–present
LabelsRawtone Records
WebsiteOfficial website

Mark Cole is an English multi-instrumentalist, blues and roots, singer-songwriter,[1] based in Gloucester, England.

Music career[edit | edit source]

Cole primarily writes and performs blues music but also writes and performs music influenced by other American roots music genres such as Americana, Cajun, zydeco, bluegrass and country. He is a singer and plays harmonica, guitar, lap steel guitar, mandolin, piano accordion and cajun accordion. He has played internationally both solo and in blues act Sons of the Delta.[2] who have to date released four albums mostly featuring songs written by Cole. Blues Blast magazine described Sons of the Delta album Tasty Nuggets as having "one rock-solid tune after another"[3] and Blues Doodles described it as "a wealth of earthy authentic blues music with intriguing and beguiling twists of a variety of roots styles"[4]

He is also the front man with the Maxwell Street Blues Band, performs in nu-folk band The Jigantics and was front man with roots/rock band The Dockery Boys in the 1990s. He has performed or recorded with many well known blues and roots musicians such as Pinetop Perkins, Willie King, Sam Carr, Bill Abel, Kent DuChaine and Mojo Webb. He has played support for Dr. Feelgood, Roy Wood, Steve Gibbons, Mike D'Abo, Richard Thompson, Alvin Lee, Chicken Shack, Steve Marriott, Eddie C. Campbell, and Zoot Money.

In 2010 and 2011, he travelled to Ottawa to collaborate with Canadian blues band The Myers Brothers Band, to play on and produce their CD Drive[5] and since then they have formed an ongoing project called Brothers & Sons[6] with the aim of releasing new music. They meet up occasionally in Clarksdale, MS or Ottawa to record new songs.

In 2016 he began performing regularly with Damon T,[7] a blues and roots musician originally from New York City, and has appeared on several tracks[8] recorded by Damon T.

In 2018 he released his first solo CD of eleven self-penned songs, titled COLE.[9] In their review of the album, Blues Blast magazine said "Mark has an uncanny sense of what every song requires. Everything here just drips with a heart felt compassion for the music. You need this CD, trust me."[10]

Album discography[edit | edit source]

  • 1995 The Dockery Boys – Moondog Man (Reckless Orange ROCD702)
  • 2004 Sons of the Delta – One For The Road (Blues matters BMRCD20043)
  • 2006 Sons of the Delta – Made in Mississippi (Rawtone Records RTR20061 – featuring Pinetop Perkins and Sam Carr)
  • 2007 The Dockery Boys – Cajun and Zydeco (Music Masters)
  • 2007 The Dockery Boys – Rare and Unissued, Studio and Live (Rawtone Records RTR20062)
  • 2012 The Myers Brothers Band – Drive (Frozen Delta Records)
  • 2014 The Jigantics – Daisy Roots (Rawtone Records RTR20070)
  • 2014 Sons of the Delta – Tasty Nuggets (Rawtone Records RTR20075)
  • 2016 The Jigantics – Seconds Out (Rawtone Records RTR20078)
  • 2016 Sons of the Delta – Tasty Sides (Rawtone Records RTR20076)
  • 2016 Sons of the Delta – Red Hot At Peppers (Rawtone Records RTR20077)
  • 2017 The Jigantics – Are We There Yet? (Rawtone Records RTR20080)
  • 2017 Brothers and Sons – Volume 1 (Rawtone Records / Frozen Delta Records RTFD0001)
  • 2018 Mark Cole – COLE (Rawtone Records RTR20082)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. SALEH, ALBERTO GARCÍA. "Sons of The Delta, en el Playa Viva blues". Diario de Las Palmas (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  2. "Cole and Edwards, references of the British "blues", live in Las Palmas". Canarias7. Oct 10, 2010. Retrieved Jul 7, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. Gunther, Marty. "Sons Of The Delta – Tasty Nuggets | Album Review". Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  4. Aitken, Liz (Jul 1, 2014). "Tasty Nuggets : Sons of The Delta – CD Review". Blues Doodles. Retrieved Jul 28, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Item Details Page for Drive". Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  6. "Brothers and Sons". Brothers and Sons. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  7. "Damon T + Mark Cole | Cafe Rene – Gloucester". Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  8. "Black Girl, by Damon T". Damon T. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  9. "Mark Cole – COLE". Mark Cole Music. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  10. Szalony, Greg "Bluesdog". "Mark Cole – Cole | Album Review". Retrieved 2020-07-28.

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