Jul 21, 2019
In describing the life and career of Texas Singer-Songwriter, Mark Powell, it’s really kind of hard to know where to begin and where to end. The west Texas native has carved out a piece of life for himself that is the envy of many, including Yours Truly. But, like all great success stories, the road to get to where his is today has had a lot of twists and turns.
The son of a performing musician, Mark followed suit and at an early age he found himself on stages playing twin fiddles with his father. It was also during this time of his life that Mark discovered he had the unique ability to understand how to play most songs after hearing them just a single time, as well as remember almost every word.
As adolescence gave way to the later stages in becoming a grown up, Mark found himself in college and performing with his own group. Not long after this Mark loaded up and headed for Nashville with a developmental deal from Universal.
While Mark only spent about a year and a half in Nashville, he was able to learn more about the business side of country music and songwriting and found himself in writing rooms with legendary country songwriters like Mac McAnally and Walt Aldridge.
Upon his return to Texas Mark entered a brief period of his life in which he held down a “real job” as a banker; something that allowed him to gain useful knowledge to use later on his musical endeavors.
Through a twist of fate in what was supposed to be Mark helping to put together a show for a local venue, the Outlaws and Legends Music Festival was born. The backstory to this event is very interesting and you won’t want to miss it in the interview. This festival has now become a top-tier festival in the scene and is approaching its 10th year. An entire episode could focus on the festival itself.
In the conversation Mark also talks about co-writing and his relationship with true country music songwriting legend, Dean Dillon.
Currently, when Mark’s not writing or performing in Texas, he can probably be found somewhere playing music or trout fishing in the mountains of Colorado. That sounds pretty much like an ideal situation to me!
Sit back, relax, and enjoy our visit with one of the more interesting guests we ever had on the podcast: Mark Powell!
We also want to point out that the 55th Annual Courtland Funday is quickly approaching and will be held the last weekend in July. (July 26th & 27th) It will feature all kinds of activities and entertainment including a Saturday night performance by a previous guest on the podcast: Rob Baird. Check out the details of the entire event by clicking HERE.