Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Soloists, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians

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Variety: Bluegrass, Celtic, Cowboy, Folk, Instrumental, Jazz, New Orleans Funk, Swing

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Mark Merryman: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets

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Through original and classic songs, Mark Merryman, a seasoned guitar player, presents entertaining anecdotes that capture the multidimensional aspects of life in the west; songs inspired by journeys along the fringes of scenic byways.

For forty years Mark Merryman has been an independent performer, recording artist, songwriter and composer on the Colorado Front Range. Proficient in many styles on the guitar (2005 Swallow Hill Flat Picking Champion), his songs present an interesting variety with influences including swing, bluegrass, folk rock, early 70s and old school country. Former bands include Off Centre Family Band, Down Home Again, Fret Knot, RC Project, Mark Merryman and the Canyon Rats, Quickdraw Homegrown Music, OTC Varmitz. Mark is now freelancing, performing solo, working in his art studio and on the recording production of his songs and instrumental compositions.

His latest band is Dad Burn It with Bill Burnside.

Discography (available through CDBABY and/or your favorite digital download provider):
Fret Knot Fret Knot
RC Project RC Project
Scenic Byways Mark Merryman and the Canyon Rats
Good For What Ails You Quickdraw Homegrown Music
Also included in Founders: Bands, Singers, Songwriters, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Places to Hear Acoustic Music, Locations, Venues, Clubs, Festivals, Business and Services Supporting Acoustic Music, Music Stores, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers CBMS compilations 2001, 2003 and 2007

Quotes:
"Absolute or relative...Merryman knows for sure how to construct a catchy tune."   Westword Magazine
"Merryman aims for the top shelf."   Aspen Times
"Leading Locals...Colorado Country Talent"   Rocky Mountain News
"Mark's songs strike you as familiar, then get interesting."   Sweet Fanny Adams
"This music puts my head in the clouds and my feet on the ground!"   some hippie
"I don't normally like music but I like what you do."   some redneck

Mark Merryman, the Canyon Rats, Michi Regier: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets
The Canyon Ratz with Michi Regier at Swallow Hill

Mark Merryman, Quickdraw: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets

Benefit Oct 2, 2005

(photos by Kim Davison)
Mark Merryman, Mark Mortensen, Michi Regier, Sandy Reay, the Canyon Rats: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets

with Quickdraw Homegrown Music with the Canyon Ratz and Michi Regier

Mark Merryman, Roxanne Staples, the Canyon Rats: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets The Canyon Ratz with Roxanne Staples at Las Hada
(photo by Kim Davison)

The Canyon Rats in a canyon
Mark Merryman and the Canyon Ratz

Mark Merryman & the Canyon Ratz with Wade Krause, Sandy Reay, Markos Mortensen, jeff Ingram
Mark Merryman and the Canyon Ratz:
Wade Krause, Founders: Bands, Singers, Songwriters, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Places to Hear Acoustic Music, Locations, Venues, Clubs, Festivals, Business and Services Supporting Acoustic Music, Music Stores, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers Sandy Reay, Founders: Bands, Singers, Songwriters, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Places to Hear Acoustic Music, Locations, Venues, Clubs, Festivals, Business and Services Supporting Acoustic Music, Music Stores, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers Mark Merryman, Mark Mortensen, Jeff Ingram
Fat Frog, July 11, 2008
(photo by Kim Davison)

"MARK’S MUSIC REVEALS A GENTLE VOLUNERABILITY FAR TOO LONG PROTECTED; A SENSE OF HUMOR SHARED BY A POSSE OF LIGHT HEARTED DEEP THINKERS WHO, LIKE MARK, ARE TRYING TO TELL A UNIVERSE OF FELLOW SOULS IT’S GONNA BE OK!

"SONGS OF REMINICENSE AND CELEBRATION…TO PUT TOGETHER THESE OBSERVATIONS AND RECOLLECTIONS OF LIFE IN SUCH AN INNOCENT AND ENJOYABLE FORM UNDOUBTABLY TOOK GENIOUS AND YEARS OF EXPLORATION, NOT TO MENTION THE ACTUAL LIVING OF THESE WONDERFUL STORIES.
"MARK’S SONGS ARE A JOY TO LISTEN TO, NO WASTED WORDS, YET THE STORIES HE TELLS ARE PAINTED WITH AN INTRICATE PALLETE OF COLOR. SHORTLY AFTER YOU PUSH THIS CD INTO YOUR DASH YOU WILL FEEL LIKE YOUR RIDING WITH ONE OF YOUR BEST FRIENDS.
"ITS FUN TO PICK OUT MARK’S SIGNATURE LYRICAL TWISTS, WHETHER THEY ARE THE ADDITION OF A SINGLE, COMICALLY MADE TO SOUND LIKE AN AFTER THOUGHT, OR AN ENTIRE MUSICAL FORM TYPICALLY RESERVED FOR SOMBER REFLECTION WHICH MERRYMAN, INSTEAD, USES TO CELEBRATE LIFE.
"THIS CD IS GUARANTEED TO RAISE THE HEARTS, SPIRITS AND EYEBROWS OF ALL WHO ARE WISE ENOUGH TO ADD IT TO THEIR MUSIC COLLECTION."
— Comments by Wade Krauss, music therapy practitioner

Mark Merryman reflective: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets Greely Bluegrass Festival, May, 2005

Swallow Hill Winners Concert, Jan. 20, 2006 (photos by Reggie Ruth Barrett)

Fret Knot Mark Merryman: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets - Fret Knot poster

Picture a worry free music experience…these fine musicians have been playing around the Colorado Rocky Mountains and south eastern Utah since 1993, focusing on a modern bluegrass sound. Founded by Mark Epstein and Mark Merryman in 1993 with a primary goal to have fun playing acoustic music, the group has gone through some changes but has continued to meet that prime directive - to have fun!

"The variety the band displayed at the festival sets them apart from the other performers" — Durango Meltdown
"Finger blistering licks…heart rendered vocals…the women swooned" — Black Rose Society
"Some good original music from Colorado. If you like good Acoustic Music, this CD is for you…" — CD review by Robert Lee Johnson — The Guitar Man

RC Project

Presenting songs by Robert Clousing-songs that stimulate visual images of beauty; from the beaches of sunny Brazil to the desert canyons of the great southwest. The creativity of the contributing artists reflects the flow of universal harmony, inspired by the spirit from which the songs flow. A message for the sharing of love; love of the land and love of life, and most of all, love for each other. With every beat of the heart, the wind will blow, the stars will shine!

The lineup includes: John Magnie-keys and accordion, Rashad Eggleston-cello, Roxanne Staples-flute, Ari Dvorin-sax, Bruce Lish-sax, David Snyder-banjo and harmonica, Jim Craighead-fiddle, Linda Malinski-background vocal, and Mark Hutchinson- mandolin.

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